Get ready to treat yourself to something pretty awesome – Earl Grey Butter Cookies that are as easy to make as they are yummy. Picture this: that creamy, melt-in-your-mouth texture meets the fragrant vibes of Earl Grey tea. Seriously, they’re the perfect little snacks for basically anytime. So go ahead, whip up a batch and watch ’em disappear!

The distinct essence of Earl Grey tea, with its fragrant blend of black tea infused with bergamot citrus, lends an elegant and aromatic note to these buttery delights. Each bite is a harmonious dance of textures and tastes, from the tender crumb of the cookie to the subtle crunch on the edges.

Perfect for accompanying your afternoon tea, sharing with friends and family, or savoring as a moment of personal indulgence, these Earl Grey Butter Cookies are a testament to the beauty of simplicity in baking. Join us on a journey of culinary delight as we craft these delectable treats that embody the essence of sophistication and comfort in every bite.

WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RECIPES?

  • blime Aroma: The enchanting fragrance of Earl Grey tea leaves infuses these cookies with a sophisticated and aromatic essence, creating a sensory experience with each bite.
  • Buttery Indulgence: With a base of rich, creamy butter, these cookies boast a melt-in-your-mouth quality that indulges your taste buds with a luscious and satisfying texture.
  • Tea Time Elegance: Elevate your tea time with these refined cookies that perfectly complement a hot cup of Earl Grey tea or your favorite beverage, adding a touch of sophistication to your daily ritual.
  • Simple Sophistication: This recipe embodies the beauty of simplicity, showcasing how a few high-quality ingredients can come together to create a gourmet treat that’s easy to make yet impressively sophisticated.
  • Versatile Delight: Whether enjoyed as a solo treat, paired with a cup of tea, or shared with loved ones, these cookies are versatile enough to enhance any occasion with their delicate flavors and buttery goodness.
  • Unique Twist: Earl Grey tea leaves impart a unique and delightful twist to the traditional butter cookie, offering a distinctive flavor profile that sets these treats apart from the ordinary.
  • Easy to Make: With straightforward ingredients and simple steps, this recipe allows both novice and experienced bakers to effortlessly create a batch of cookies that are sure to captivate the palate.
  • Perfect Gift: Share the love by gifting these homemade Earl Grey Butter Cookies. Their elegant appearance and delightful taste make them a thoughtful and delicious present for friends and family.
  • Tea Enthusiast’s Delight: If you’re a tea enthusiast or know someone who is, these cookies are a delightful way to incorporate the beloved flavors of Earl Grey into a delightful baked good.
  • Irresistible Texture: The combination of cake flour and milk powder results in a tender and crumbly texture that, combined with the subtle crunch of Earl Grey tea leaves, makes these cookies utterly irresistible.

Experience the harmony of flavors, the comforting aroma, and the simple elegance of Earl Grey Butter Cookies, and discover why they are destined to become a cherished favorite in your baking repertoire.

INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTES

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  • Butter – Butter is a crucial ingredient in cookies, providing flavor and contributing to the texture. Margarine or a non-dairy butter substitute can be used, but keep in mind that it might slightly alter the taste.
  • Icing Sugar Icing sugar, also known as powdered sugar, adds sweetness and a smooth texture to the cookies. Granulated sugar can be processed in a blender or food processor until it reaches a powdered consistency. The texture may differ slightly.
  • Egg Yolk Egg yolk adds richness, moisture, and helps with the structure of the cookies.
  • Milk Milk adds moisture and tenderness to the cookies. Non-dairy milk like almond milk or soy milk can be used for a dairy-free option.
  • Cake Flour Cake flour has a lower protein content than all-purpose flour, resulting in a more tender and delicate texture. You can make a substitute by measuring out 30 grams of all-purpose flour and removing about 2 teaspoons of it. Then, add 2 teaspoons of cornstarch back into the all-purpose flour. Sift or whisk the mixture well to combine.
  • Milk Powder Milk powder adds a creamy flavor and enhances the richness of the cookies. If unavailable, you can omit the milk powder, but it contributes to the overall flavor.
  • Earl Grey Tea Leaves Earl Grey tea leaves provide a distinctive tea flavor to the cookies. You can experiment with other tea flavors such as green tea or chai tea for a different twist.
  • Pinch of Salt Salt enhances the overall flavor and balances the sweetness in baked goods. Use a small pinch of kosher salt or sea salt. Adjust the quantity based on your taste preferences.

Remember, while substitutes can be used, they may alter the taste, texture, and overall outcome of the cookies. It’s always a good idea to experiment and adjust the recipe according to your preferences and dietary restrictions.

RECIPES TIPS

  • Use High-Quality Tea Leaves: Opt for loose-leaf Earl Grey tea for the best flavor. Finely grind the tea leaves for a more delicate texture in the cookies.
  • Softened Butter: Ensure the butter is softened at room temperature for easy creaming. This helps achieve a smooth and creamy cookie dough.
  • Cream Butter and Sugar Thoroughly: Creaming the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy is crucial for creating a tender and melt-in-your-mouth texture in the cookies. This process incorporates air into the dough.
  • Properly Measure Ingredients: Use precise measurements for all ingredients, especially the flour. Too much flour can result in dense cookies.
  • Chill the Dough: Once the cookie dough is mixed, chilling it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes helps solidify the fat, preventing cookies from spreading too much during baking.
  • Handle the Dough Gently: When shaping the cookie dough, handle it gently to avoid compacting it. This ensures a tender texture in the final baked cookies.
  • Fine Texture with Cake Flour: Cake flour contributes to a finer texture in the cookies. If you don’t have cake flour, you can make a substitute by removing two tablespoons of all-purpose flour per cup and replacing it with two tablespoons of cornstarch.
  • Monitor Baking Time: Keep a close eye on the cookies while baking. They should be lightly golden on the edges. Overbaking can result in a drier texture.
  • Cool on a Wire Rack: Allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack after baking. This helps them set and retains their delicate texture.
  • Experiment with Shapes: Get creative with cookie shapes. You can use cookie cutters or shape the dough into rounds, logs, or crescents.
  • Store Properly: Store cooled cookies in an airtight container to maintain freshness. Adding a slice of bread can help keep them soft.
  • Serve with Tea: These cookies are a perfect accompaniment to a cup of Earl Grey tea. Enjoy the harmonious pairing of flavors.

Remember, baking is an art, and small adjustments can cater to personal preferences. Don’t hesitate to experiment with ingredient ratios and shapes to make these Earl Grey Butter Cookies your own delightful creation!

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

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  1. Preheat your oven to 165°C. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add softened butter and icing sugar. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer for efficiency.
  3. Incorporate egg yolk and milk into the creamed mixture. Mix until well combined.
  4. Sift cake flour, milk powder, earl grey leaves and a pinch of salt into the bowl. Mix the ingredients until a soft and cohesive dough forms. Be careful not to overmix.
  5. Transfer the cookie dough into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle. Pipe a circle shapes onto a lined baking tray. Freeze the entire tray in the freezer for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 165°C during the last 15 minutes of freezing time.
  6. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

VARIATIONS

  • Lemon Earl Grey Cookies: Add a burst of citrus by incorporating lemon zest into the dough. The combination of Earl Grey tea and lemon creates a refreshing flavor.
  • Chocolate-Dipped Earl Grey Cookies: Dip cooled cookies in melted dark or white chocolate for a decadent twist. Sprinkle with additional ground tea leaves for a decorative touch.
  • Earl Grey Shortbread: Transform the cookies into delicate shortbread by adjusting the ratio of ingredients. Increase the butter and flour for a crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth texture.
  • Earl Grey Lavender Cookies: Infuse a hint of floral notes by adding dried lavender buds to the dough. Ensure the lavender is culinary-grade for safe consumption.
  • Earl Grey Sandwich Cookies: Create sandwich cookies by spreading a layer of lemon curd or raspberry jam between two Earl Grey cookies. Dust with powdered sugar for an elegant finish.
  • Earl Grey Thumbprint Cookies: Make an indentation in the center of each cookie before baking. Fill the indentations with your favorite fruit preserves or chocolate ganache after baking.
  • Almond Earl Grey Cookies: Enhance the nuttiness by adding almond extract to the dough. Top each cookie with a whole almond before baking for added crunch.
  • Earl Grey Glaze: Drizzle a simple Earl Grey-infused glaze over cooled cookies. Combine powdered sugar with brewed and cooled Earl Grey tea until a smooth glaze forms.
  • Earl Grey Ice Cream Sandwiches: Create indulgent ice cream sandwiches by sandwiching a scoop of Earl Grey-flavored ice cream between two Earl Grey cookies. Freeze until firm.
  • Orange Zest Earl Grey Cookies: Replace the lemon zest with orange zest for a citrusy twist. The combination of orange and Earl Grey adds a delightful warmth to the cookies.
  • Earl Grey Coconut Cookies: Incorporate shredded coconut into the dough for added texture and a hint of tropical flavor. Toast the coconut for an extra layer of richness.
  • Earl Grey Sables: Shape the dough into traditional French Sables for a sophisticated appearance. Roll the dough into logs, chill, and slice into rounds before baking.

Experiment with these variations to customize your Earl Grey Butter Cookies and discover new and delightful flavor combinations!

WHAT ELSE TO SERVE WITH ?

  • Earl Grey Tea: The classic pairing. Serve these cookies with a cup of Earl Grey tea to enhance and complement the tea-infused flavors.
  • Lemonade or Iced Tea: For a refreshing twist, serve the cookies with a cold glass of lemonade or iced tea. The citrusy notes will complement the delicate flavors of the cookies.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream: Create an indulgent dessert by serving Earl Grey Butter Cookies alongside a scoop of high-quality vanilla ice cream. The warm cookies and cold ice cream create a delightful contrast.
  • Fruit Salad: A light and fresh option. Serve a bowl of mixed fruits like berries, melons, and citrus alongside the cookies for a well-balanced treat.
  • Whipped Cream: Dollop some lightly sweetened whipped cream on the side. Guests can choose to add a bit of cream to each bite for added richness.
  • Custard or Pudding: Serve the cookies with a side of vanilla custard or pudding. The creamy texture pairs well with the crumbly cookies.
  • Chocolate Fondue: Elevate the dessert experience by preparing a chocolate fondue. Dip the cookies into melted chocolate for an indulgent treat.
  • Floral Infusions: Pair the cookies with floral-infused beverages such as lavender tea or chamomile tea for a soothing and aromatic combination.
  • Honey Drizzle: Drizzle a bit of honey on top of the cookies for a touch of sweetness. The floral notes in honey complement the Earl Grey flavor.
  • Berries and Cream: Combine fresh berries like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream. The fruity and creamy elements complement the cookies.
  • Champagne or Prosecco: For a more elegant pairing, serve the cookies with a glass of champagne or prosecco. The effervescence enhances the overall experience.
  • Citrus Sorbet: Serve a scoop of citrus-flavored sorbet on the side. The refreshing sorbet cleanses the palate between bites of the rich cookies.

Feel free to mix and match these serving suggestions based on your preferences and the occasion. The versatile nature of Earl Grey Butter Cookies allows for a wide range of delightful pairings!

MADE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS

Option 1: Make-Ahead Cookie Dough
  1. Prepare the Dough:
    • Follow the recipe instructions up to the point where the cookie dough is formed.
    • Instead of immediately baking the cookies, wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap.
  2. Refrigerate the Dough:
    • Place the wrapped dough in the refrigerator for up to 24-48 hours.
    • Chilling the dough enhances the flavors and allows for easier handling during shaping.
  3. Shape and Bake:
    • When ready to bake, preheat the oven and allow the dough to come to a slightly softened consistency.
    • Shape the cookies and bake according to the recipe instructions.
Option 2: Freeze Cookie Dough Balls
  1. Prepare and Shape Dough:
    • Follow the recipe instructions to prepare the cookie dough.
    • Shape the dough into individual balls, as if you were ready to bake them.
  2. Freeze Cookie Dough:
    • Place the shaped cookie dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    • Freeze the dough balls until solid.
  3. Transfer to Storage:
    • Once frozen, transfer the dough balls to a resealable plastic bag or airtight container. Label with the date.
  4. Bake from Frozen:
    • When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven and arrange the frozen dough balls on a baking sheet.
    • Bake directly from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.
Option 3: Bake and Store
  1. Bake Cookies:
    • Follow the recipe instructions to bake the cookies.
    • Allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.
  2. Store Airtight:
    • Once cooled, store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
  3. Re-Crisp if Necessary:
    • If the cookies lose some of their crispiness, you can briefly reheat them in a preheated oven for a few minutes. Watch closely to prevent overbaking.
Note:
  • Always check the specific recipe instructions for any variations in preparing or storing the dough, as it can vary based on the recipe.
  • Storing times may vary depending on the specific storage conditions and the freshness of your ingredients.

STORAGE & REHEATING

Storage:
  • Airtight Container:
    • Store the completely cooled Earl Grey Butter Cookies in an airtight container to maintain their freshness and prevent them from becoming stale.
  • Parchment Paper Layers:
    • If stacking the cookies in the container, place layers of parchment paper between them to prevent sticking and preserve their delicate texture.
  • Room Temperature or Refrigeration:
    • For short-term consumption (within a few days), storing the cookies at room temperature in a cool, dry place is suitable.
    • For longer storage, especially in warmer climates, consider refrigerating the cookies. Note that refrigeration may slightly alter their texture.
  • Avoid Moisture:
    • Keep the cookies away from moisture, as exposure to humidity can compromise their crispiness.
Reheating:
  • Oven or Toaster Oven:
    • To reheat Earl Grey Butter Cookies, preheat your oven or toaster oven to a low temperature, around 160°C / 320°F.
    • Place the cookies directly on the oven rack or on a baking sheet and heat for a few minutes until they are warmed through. Be cautious not to overheat and watch them closely to prevent burning.
  • Brief Reheat for Crispiness:
    • Reheating for a short duration (3-5 minutes) can help restore some of the cookies’ crispiness. This step is optional and depends on personal preference.
  • Avoid Microwave:
    • Avoid reheating in the microwave, as it can result in a loss of crispiness. Microwaving tends to introduce moisture, which is not ideal for maintaining the texture of these delicate cookies.
  • Serve Fresh Toppings:
    • Consider serving the reheated cookies with fresh toppings, such as a scoop of ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream, or a drizzle of chocolate sauce, to enhance the overall experience.
Note:
  • Always be mindful of the delicate nature of Earl Grey Butter Cookies and handle them gently during storage and reheating to preserve their texture.
  • Experiment with reheating times to find the balance that suits your preference for crispiness.

RECIPES FAQS

Can I use loose leaf Earl Grey tea instead of tea leaves?

Yes, you can use loose leaf Earl Grey tea. Simply grind the loose tea leaves into a fine powder before incorporating them into the cookie dough.

Can I substitute the cake flour with all-purpose flour?

While cake flour is preferred for its lower protein content, you can substitute it with all-purpose flour. To mimic the texture of cake flour, replace two tablespoons of all-purpose flour with cornstarch for every cup used.

How do I prevent the cookies from spreading too much during baking?

Chilling the cookie dough before baking helps prevent excessive spreading. Ensure the dough is well-chilled before shaping and baking.

Can I freeze the baked cookies for later?

Yes, you can freeze the baked Earl Grey Butter Cookies. Allow them to cool completely, then store in an airtight container with layers of parchment paper between them. Thaw at room temperature when ready to serve.

What’s the purpose of the milk powder in the recipe?

The milk powder adds a subtle creaminess and enhances the overall flavor of the cookies. It contributes to the texture and richness of the dough.

How do I store the dough for later use?

If you want to store the cookie dough, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 48 hours. Alternatively, freeze the shaped dough balls for longer storage, and bake directly from frozen when needed.

Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted butter?

You can use salted butter, but adjust the amount of additional salt in the recipe to taste. Reduce or omit the added salt if using salted butter.

Can I make the cookies without the tea leaves for a plain butter flavor?

Yes, you can omit the tea leaves for a classic butter cookie flavor. Adjust the quantity of Earl Grey tea leaves based on your preference for tea flavor intensity.

How long do the cookies stay fresh, and what’s the best way to store them?

Earl Grey Butter Cookies stay fresh for several days when stored in an airtight container. For longer freshness, consider refrigerating them. Store in a cool, dry place to maintain their delicate texture.

Can I use a different type of tea for flavor variation?

Yes, you can experiment with different tea flavors. Green tea, jasmine tea, or chai tea can be interesting alternatives for a unique twist on these cookies.

What is the ideal baking time to achieve the perfect texture?

Baking times may vary, but aim for around 12-15 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. Keep a close eye on the cookies during the last few minutes of baking to prevent overcooking.

Can I make the cookies egg-free?

While eggs contribute to the structure and texture, you can experiment with egg substitutes such as applesauce, mashed banana, or commercial egg replacers.

Can I adjust the portion size of the recipes?

Yes, you can double the recipe if you need a larger batch. Adjust the ingredient quantities accordingly and make sure to use a larger muffin tin or bake multiple batches if necessary. You can adjust the recipe by clicking the serving size in the recipe in recipes card to your liking!
If you can find the exact portion that you like, you can, also, adjust this in manual mode. Make sure that the cooking times and temperatures have been adjusted for different quantities of ingredients. Please do not pass the max line indicated inside of the mixing bowl. The capacity of the mixing bowl is 2.2 liters.

This recipes is compatible with which model of Thermomix®?

This recipes suitable for TM31 / TM5 / TM6

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Earl Grey Butter Cookies

CategoryDifficultyBeginner

Indulge your senses in the delicate fusion of rich, buttery goodness and the aromatic allure of Earl Grey tea with these exquisite Earl Grey Butter Cookies. This simple yet sophisticated recipe transforms everyday ingredients into a symphony of flavors, making these cookies a delightful treat for any occasion.

Prep Time35 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time50 mins

Yields24 Servings

 125 g butter
 45 g icing sugar
 10 g egg yolk
 10 g milk
 145 g cake flour
 10 g milk powder
 6 g earl grey tea leaves
 1 pinch salt

1

In the Thermomix bowl, add the butter and icing sugar. Mix 1 min | Speed 4. until the mixture is creamy.

2

Add egg yolk and milk. Mix for 1 min | Speed 3 to thoroughly combine the ingredients.

3

Add cake flour, milk powder, earl grey leaves and a pinch of salt. Mix for 20 sec | Speed 3 until a cohesive dough forms.

4

Transfer the cookie dough into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle. Pipe a circle shapes onto a lined baking tray. Freeze the entire tray in the freezer for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 165°C during the last 15 minutes of freezing time.

5

Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Ingredients

 125 g butter
 45 g icing sugar
 10 g egg yolk
 10 g milk
 145 g cake flour
 10 g milk powder
 6 g earl grey tea leaves
 1 pinch salt

Directions

1

In the Thermomix bowl, add the butter and icing sugar. Mix 1 min | Speed 4. until the mixture is creamy.

2

Add egg yolk and milk. Mix for 1 min | Speed 3 to thoroughly combine the ingredients.

3

Add cake flour, milk powder, earl grey leaves and a pinch of salt. Mix for 20 sec | Speed 3 until a cohesive dough forms.

4

Transfer the cookie dough into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle. Pipe a circle shapes onto a lined baking tray. Freeze the entire tray in the freezer for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 165°C during the last 15 minutes of freezing time.

5

Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Earl Grey Butter Cookies

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