These simple Earl Grey cookies are the perfect afternoon treat. These unique cookies are made with crumbled Earl Grey tea leaves and chocolate sprinkles. With only 6 ingredients and no hassle, you’re going to love baking these Earl Grey cookies.
Do you drink Earl Grey tea? I love Earl Grey. It has such a pleasant, distinct aroma. If you’ve never smelled Earl Grey, it smells like Froot Loops cereal. Random, I know, but that’s what it smells like. It’s fruity, light, and perfect for fall.
I’ve wanted to create an Earl Grey cookie recipe for a long time and finally got around to it this week. I’m so pleased with how these turned out! I wanted to add an ingredient to really make their flavor and appearance pop. I tried a batch with chocolate sprinkles which turned out to be just the thing. The sprinkles give the cookies a very subtle chocolate flavor as well as beautiful appearance. I love how the sprinkles and tea leaves look together. The dark polka dots inside the beige cookies are simply gorgeous.
I didn’t develop this Earl Grey cookie recipe out of thin air. I used these chamomile shortbread cookies as the base. Those chamomile cookies are perfect if you’re in the mood to bake something relaxing and soothing. These Earl Grey cookies contain caffeine so enjoy them in the afternoon when you need a pick me up.
Speaking of pick me ups, holy cow, I can’t believe how lethargic I’ve been feeling lately! I think it’s because of the weather. It gets dark earlier and earlier in the evening, and I’m feeling like okay-time-to-hunker-down-it’s-winter. Way too soon! It’s only September. I got to keep my energy up otherwise I’m going to spend the next 6 months on the couch wrapped up in a snuggie watching television…which apparently isn’t appropriate adult behavior, darn! These Earl Grey cookies help me get off the couch since they have a little bit of caffeine. If you’re like me and are feeling sluggish, these cookies can help you feel energized.
Something really special about these Earl Grey cookies is how easy they are to make (even though they look sophisticated). You only need 6 ingredients, most of which you probably have such as flour, butter, and sugar. No fancy baking equipment or skills necessary to make these cookies. These are the perfect thing to bake if you want a homemade treat that looks elegant, but doesn’t take a lot of effort to make.
I feel so guilty for not posting a recipe earlier in the week! I didn’t forget you. I’ve been distracted shopping for DSLR cameras online. I’ve wanted to purchase a DSLR camera for a while now. Owning a nicer camera would allow me to share better quality pictures with you. I’ve been reading what cameras other food bloggers use, and I’m so ready to finally get my hands on one and improve my photography.
Currently, I’m trying to convince my boyfriend to buy me one (yes, I’m spoiled). But, in my defense it wouldn’t just be for me and the blog. A quality camera would be a good investment for our family since we have very few pictures of ourselves… our families… of anything! We just don’t take pictures, and it’d be nice to have photos of our cats, town, nature (as well as lots of food!). I’m hoping my boyfriend agrees with me and purchases one.
Okay, enough about cameras. Let’s get a little energy boost by making Earl Grey cookies.
- 1 and ½ sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup (100g) white sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 Earl Grey tea bags
- 2 cups (256) all-purpose flour, sifted
- 2 tablespoons chocolate sprinkles (not nonpareils)
- Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray baking sheets with cooking spray.
- In a standing mixer using a paddle attachment or using a handheld mixer, cream together butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and mix on medium-low. Cut open tea bags and pour contents inside. Mix on medium-low. Gradually add in flour on medium. Mix well. Using a spatula fold in chocolate sprinkles.
- Form dough into heaping tablespoon size balls and place onto greased baking sheets, keeping dough balls roughly 2 inches apart. Using a fork press each dough ball in a crisscross pattern to flatten slightly.
- Bake in preheated 350°F (177°C) oven for 17 to 22 minutes, or until bottoms are golden brown. Let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks. Serve warm or at room temperature. (Best when fully cooled).
In the mood to bake something soothing and relaxing? These chamomile shortbread cookies are the perfect thing.