When we surveyed our Facebook followers, shortbread was the #1 answer to what treats they enjoy with their tea!
There are so many different flavors of shortbread, they are really rather a little versatile cookie! Or biscuit, if you are British.
Today we are adding yet another flavor to our growing list of shortbread choices, from Matcha Shamrock Shortbread to Chocolate Dipped Shortbread these ones have a whole wheat base and are infused with lavender earl grey.
But there is one more other secret ingredient to these special treats....
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These special cookies use coconut sugar instead of processed sugar giving them a higher nutrient content. Which might mean you get an extra cookie ;)
Earl Grey is really a quintessential tea flavor. One of those 'must haves' for any tea cupboard and tea officinato. Add a little bit of local lavender in there and it just adds to the depth and flavor.
Today though we are taking that quintessential tea and that local lavender and turning it into something even more delicious... if that be possible.
Lavender Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies
- 1 lb Butter (softened, don’t substitute this ingredient)
- 1 c. Coconut Sugar
- 3.5 - 4 c. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
- 2 Tb. Loose Leaf Lavender Earl Grey Tea, ground
- Cream together butter and sugar.
- Add in the ground lavender earl grey (we grind our loose leaf with mortar and pistil, or a coffee/spice grinder will work also.)
- Add 2.5 cups of flour to your cookie mixture. Blend well.
- Slowly add remaining one cup or so until you have a very stiff dough. Dough may need to have the flour needed by hand. You are looking for a workable, non-sticky dough.
- Roll out into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Slice into smaller rectangles and pierce with a fork.
- Bake on an un-greased cookie tray at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until they are lightly brown. Remove and cool on a cookie rack.
We used Cascade Earl Grey with Oregon grown lavender for this recipe.
If you loved this recipe and you are looking for more tea infused goodness, make sure you click here for more cooking with tea recipes.
Lavender and Earl Grey not your favorite? Share with us below your favorite tea time treat! We would love to know what you are snack'n on during tea time.
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