Hello! I know I should be posting a DIY tutorial this week instead of a recipe but I am so excited about sharing these teabag cookies that I had to break the alternating DIY and recipe rotation. But out of all seriousness, have I ever stuck to that rotation? No, not really.
I have been wanting to bake teabag cookies for a while and it happened to be my friend's birthday a few days ago so I decided to bake some of these cookies and give them to her.
These are essentially earl grey shortbread cookies with vanilla, hence the London Fog title. This recipe makes a crisp shortbread cookie because it uses granulated sugar. If you prefer the softer, melt in your mouth type of shortbread, you want to use a recipe that calls for icing sugar. So here is what you will need:
1. Half a cup of unsalted butter
2. Quarter cup of granulated sugar
3. Quarter teaspoon of salt
4. One cup and an extra pinch of all purpose flour
5. Two tablespoons of earl grey tea leaves (~2 tea bags)
6. One teaspoon of vanilla
Yields: 24 cookies
Cream together the butter, sugar, and salt. Add in the vanilla and the tea leaves. Mix in the flour. If the dough seems a bit dry at first, it is okay - just keep on mixing!
Once everything is well incorporated, roll our your dough on a floured surface or a piece of parchment paper. You want the dough to be evenly rolled out and be roughly a quarter inch in thickness. At this point if your dough is too soft to be shaped and carry a clean edge, chill the dough for roughly 20 minutes before cutting out the tea bag shapes.
After you take the rolled out dough from the freezer, cut the dough into strips, then into little tea bag shapes. If you have a cookie cutter that is in the shape of a tea bag, that's even better!
I used a straw to cut out the hole at the narrow end of the tea bag. You want to make sure the hole is big enough so that even if the cookies expand a little bit, you will still be able to thread a piece of string through it. Return the cookies to the freezer for another twenty minutes before baking. At this point you can start preheating your oven at 350F.
Until next time, happy baking!