Shortbread Tea Cookies


Shortbread Tea Cookies

Shortbread Tea Cookies
36 (about 3 dozen cookies)
30 Min
15 Min

Impress your friends next time you have them over for tea with these delicious and easy Shortbread Tea Cookies. You can use whichever kind of tea you prefer, making these treats completely unique to your taste!

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon tea (from 3 tea bags)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

What to Do

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer. Add flour, tea, and salt; beat until a dough is formed. (You may need to work the dough with your hands until it comes together.)
  2. Place dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a log about 2 inches in diameter. Chill in refrigerator 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Slice dough into 1/3-inch circles and place on baking sheets.
  4. Bake 12 to 14 minutes, or until edges are browned. Let cool 5 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. In a microwaveable bowl, melt chocolate in microwave 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until chocolate is smooth, stirring occasionally. Dip cooled cookies halfway into chocolate and place on wax paper-lined tray. Let sit until chocolate hardens.


  • To make your cookies in a "tea bag" shape, just roll out dough to 1/4-inch and, using a knife, cut out into shape seen in photo.
  • If you are going to add a string to your tea bag cookies, we recommened making a hole in the cookie before baking them. Use either a straw or the tip of a knife to form the hole.
  • Maybe it seems obvious, but a hot cup of our Citrus Tea would be a great accompaniment to these delicious cookies!

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 36

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 110
  • Calories from Fat 58
  • Total Fat 6.4g 10 %
  • Saturated Fat 4.0g 20 %
  • Trans Fat 0.2g 0 %
  • Protein 1.0g 2 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 14mg 5 %
  • Sodium 81mg 3 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 12g 4 %
  • Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1 %
  • Sugars 6.6g 0 %

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why are there things on the recipe:example,free coupons,etc?

how/when did you get the hole in the cookie to attach the tea bag?

my hubby is a diabetic and i need to substitute something else for the powdered sugar....can you tell me something else i can use....also can i substitute something else other than the tea and how would it taste if i didn't use the tea for the taste

Thank you for your questions. Since you would need to replace both the sugar and the tea in this recipe, perhaps this recipe is not for you. I would suggest looking for a shortbread cookie recipe that is geared towards people with diabetes. Thank you again and enjoy!

You can use "Sugar Twin", measure for measure, as a substitute.

what do you think about using mint tea in these cookies?

You can try it, if mint appeals to you and you enjoy the taste, I can't see why it wouldn't work. We have not tried it with mint tea in the Test Kitchen, so we can not guarantee the results. Thank you for your question and enjoy!

Could you substitute 1 T poppy seeds in place of tea leaves ????

That sounds great! However, they wouldn't be Shortbread Tea Cookies, they would be Shortbread Poppy Seed Cookies. Give it a shot, let us know how it works. Thank you for your question!

The recipe calls for 1 tablespoon tea used from 3 tea bags. Open and use 1 tablespoon of the dry tea from the teabags

The video shows them adding dry tea leaves to the mix.

I know this sounds dumb but is it the actual tea leaves, or tea from the tea leaves?

I'm pretty sure the actual tea leaves. It says l Tablespoon so I would open the tea bags and measure out the tea.

The video shows them adding dry tea leaves to the mix.

You are using the actual tea, straight from the tea bags. Three teabags is 1 tablespoon of tea. Thank you for your question!

Gadgetgirl 78...NO such thing as a dumb cooking question. Measure the tea leaves of your favorite drinking tea.

Where can I get the print-out for the tea-tags?

Here is a site where you can draw your own tea tag templates:

I made these to serve at a get-together with my girlfriends and everyone loved them! I dipped some in chocolate and left some plain. They were very easy to make, not a lot of work at all. Definitely try them!


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