Caitlin’s Confections: Earl Grey Shortbread

Shortbread are one of my favorite cookies. Their buttery, soft texture melts in your mouth, a perfect pairing with tea or coffee. I love how incredibly simple they are to make and how quickly you can whip up a batch when needed. Since the recipe isn’t too intensive, you can also make a lot at one time.

The batch of shortbreads I whipped up last were earl grey shortbreads, a very simple alteration that can be made to any traditional shortbread recipe. The cookies come out beautifully speckled and I believe their taste is tangier. I personally love this recipe because the cookies aren’t overwhelmingly sweet. These cookies are guaranteed to be eaten quickly, and look perfect out on any dessert table.

Earl Grey Shortbread


8 oz butter

2 c flour

1/2 c powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

1 earl grey tea bag


First, in a food processor, mix the contents of an earl grey tea bag, flour, sugar, vanilla, and salt together. You can also use a mixer if one is available. Once combined, add 8 ounces of butter, chopped, and blend. If needed, add a tsp. of water, until the dough has formed into a ball. Then, on a floured surface, roll out your dough and cut out your cookies. Bake your cookies at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes and let cool thoroughly. Enjoy with a cup of tea!


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