Earl Grey Citrus Shortbread Cookies

The holidays are just around the corner! This is the perfect time to start trialing your favorite tea and cookie pairings! Try out this simple, yet elevated Earl Grey citrus shortbread cookie recipe to share with your family and friends this holiday season! I paired these delightful cookies with Lux Tea Company’s Earl Grey tea and it was the perfect combination!

Ingredients:
For the cookies
1 stick of butter (=1/2 cup)
1/4 cup of confectioners sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Lux Tea Company Earl Grey tea, crushed
1/4 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp orange zest

For the optional glaze
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tbsp orange juice
1/8 tsp orange zest
1/8 tsp lemon zest
1/4 confectioners sugar

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl or a stand mixer.

3. Add in flour, salt, crushed tea leaves, lemon zest and orange zest. Continue to mix until a soft dough forms; it will be crumby and dry, but will begin to come together.

4. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface until 1/4 inch thick and use a cookie cutter to cut the cookies. Or shape the dough into circular or square logs and use a knife to cut the log into 1/4 inch slices. (*I made a square shape, sliced 1/4 inch square slices then cut them in half to make triangles.)

5. Space evenly and bake on parchment paper for 16 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

6. If you are going to glaze your cookies, make the glaze; simply mix the lemon zest, orange zest, lemon and orange juice with the confectioners sugar. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.

7. Allow the cookies to cool on a cooling rack. If you are going to glaze the cookies, make sure the are fully cooled, prior to glazing. Place the cooling rack over a cookie sheet to glaze, use a fork or put the glaze in a piping bag (*I used a fork).

8. Use the fork to gather as much glaze as you can and gently shake in a back and forth motion over the cookies to glaze them. Work in sections to ensure all cookies are as evenly glazed as possible. Allow the glaze to set on the cookies.

The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week – IF they last that long! Enjoy with a cup of Lux Tea Company Earl Grey Tea!