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Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 3 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoon loose leaf Earl Grey finely ground
  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, roughly cubed
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flours, sugar, salt and tea.
  • Add the butter and vanilla to the mixer and mix until a dense dough forms (see the image above). I find that this can take minute or two, even with room temperature butter.
  • Shape the dough into a disc about 1 inch thick, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for about half an hour. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it out to around 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to make shapes, or a pizza cutter.
  • Transfer the cut shapes to an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned.
  • Allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  • Enjoy!
  • Note: This recipe can also be made without a stand mixer, using a hand mixer, a pastry blender or your hands. It will just take a bit more work to get all the butter to fully incorporate.