Earl Grey and Orange Shortbread
Makes 32 cookies
- 2 c. flour
- 2 tablespoons (about 6 tea bags) of Earl Grey tea… (I used six bags of Saffron and Orange Fusion Earl Grey hence the orange in the cookies.)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 c. confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 c. (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
- Glaze: 2 c. powdered sugar, 1 tsp. orange extract, water
Combine loose leaf tea, butter, and sugar, then mix in the other ingredients. On a sheet of saran plastic wrap, form the dough into a 2” diameter log and roll up in the plastic wrap. Chill for 30 min in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 375’. Slice into 1/3” “coins” and put them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375’ for 8-10 minutes. Do not let them get brown or even golden, this will dry them out. After letting them cool for 2 minutes, remove them to a cookie rack.
For glaze: Combine orange extract and powdered sugar with barely enough water to make the consistency a liquid. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies and sprinkle with icy looking sugar sprinkles.