There’s something to be said for unexpected flavor combinations. That is the story with these cookies. Typically you think of tea as something you have with a cookie and not in one. It’s a pretty basic sugar type cookie that is gently infused with the flavor of black tea. I was inspired by the earthiness in the tea. These cookies definitely has a sweetness to it, but not in a cloying, overly sweet way. These cookies also pack up beautifully in gift bags, and they are gorgeous to look at!
Black Tea Cookies
Makes about 4 dozen
6 black tea bags, cut open and emptied into a small bowl
2 cups flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 powdered sugar
2 tspn vanilla extract
2 sticks of butter, at room temp, cut into small pieces
a pinch of salt
Start by prepping the tea.Using a spice grinder or a pestle, grind the tea so that no large pieces remain. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add all the dry ingredients and the tea. Mix to combine.
Add the vanilla and butter to the bowl. Mix on medium speed until a dough is formed. You may need to add a drizzle of water to help things along. Once the dough is combined, cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Remove the dough from the fridge. Roll into 1 inch balls, and then place them on a prepared baking sheet. Flatten them slightly. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Let them cool on the sheet for several minutes before transferring to cooling racks.