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Easy Earl Grey and Lavender Sugar Cookies
Easy Earl Grey and Lavender Sugar Cookies are my new favorite obsession. Mostly because I absolutely love earl grey tea. It is often my go-to tea when I’m not in the mood for coffee. It is one of those incredibly floral teas that are just delightful to open and smell.
I recently found an amazing new cookie shop in town, where they take cookies and somehow bake cookie dough into the center. It turns out to be two layers and is the perfect combination of cookie and dough. They had an earl grey flavored cookie that captured my attention, because that is my favorite tea. So of course, I had to try it and it was delicious. This inspired me to create these Easy Earl Grey and Lavender Sugar Cookies and add in lavender as the perfect floral addition to really make this cookie shine.
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Have you tried these Easy Earl Grey and Lavender Sugar Cookies yet? Come on in and let me tell you about them!
Easy Earl Grey and Lavender Sugar Cookies Ingredients
Flour, 2 ¼ cups
Earl Grey Tea, 2 tablespoons
Lavender, culinary-grade, finely ground, ½ teaspoon
Baking Soda, ¼ teaspoon
Salt, ½ teaspoon
Sugar, 1 ¼ cup
Butter, 1 cup or two sticks
Vanilla Extract, 2 teaspoons
Easy Earl Grey and Lavender Sugar Cookies Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a spice grinder, grind the tea and lavender until it is a nice fine/smooth grind, almost a powder consistency.
Reduce the mixer speed to low and add in the egg and then the vanilla until they are just combined together.
Keeping the mixer at a low speed, gradually add in all of the dry ingredients from the mixing bowl and mix until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl one more time, and then gently fold it all together with the spatula.
Put the cookie dough in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to rest. This isn’t an absolute requirement, but I prefer it with my cookies. This will allow the flour to absorb all the flavors while the dough rests. This also prevents the butter from separating and becoming mushy when forming the dough balls. If using a cookie scoop, you can certainly skip this step if you choose to.
Form the cookies into balls and roll them in some sugar to coat the cookie. Place them on the cookie sheet, roughly 3 inches apart. If you’re using your hands to form the dough balls, try to keep them all roughly the same size, so they bake at the same time and rate.
Bake the cookies for 11 minutes, until the edges are set but the center is still gooey. Note that the size of your dough balls will determine the baking time. Mine were perfect at 11 minutes, but you may need to go a minute shorter or longer depending on the size.
The cookies will look puffed when you pull them out of the oven but will fall and crack a little bit once they’re out and cooling.
Transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack for at least 20 minutes, or until the edges and bottoms of the cookies have set and feel firm to the touch.
You can serve these cookies warm or at room temperature. Store them in an airtight container for up to three days. If you don’t use all of the cookie dough, you can freeze it for later, and it will keep for up to 3 months.
Easy Earl Grey and Lavender Sugar Cookies Notes
If you’re buying lavender in the store, make sure it is culinary-grade lavender and not for beauty and household product use. If it isn’t culinary-grade, it may have been sprayed with a pesticide and is no longer safe for consumption, and is not regulated by food and safety regulations. You should be able to find culinary-grade lavender in the spice or baking aisle of the grocery store.
Earl Grey tea is a blend of black tea and bergamot oranges. The bergamot is what gives the tea its distinct and aromatic scent.
Why I Love This Recipe
My husband, Nathan, wasn’t too sure about these cookies when I told him I wanted to develop this new recipe. The funny thing is that every time he’s unsure of a recipe, he ends up inhaling half of it before I have a chance to even try it. This one was certainly no exception! Since I’ve been married to him since 2008, I’ve learned to just ignore the faces he makes when we discuss new recipe ideas and just go for it.
These cookies also freeze really well, both baked and in dough form. I keep cookie dough in the freezer for when I want a late night snack and nobody is around to have to share it with. Nathan never notices that the dough slowly disappears. If you’re a late night snack fan, these are the perfect way to go.
I love how simple yet amazing this recipe is. It is a fun and unique twist on a traditional sugar cookie. They are simple to prepare and to bake.
Lavender screams summer to me, as it typically blooms in July and August, so it feels like the perfect summer cookie addition.
Have you tried making these Easy Earl Grey and Lavender Sugar Cookies yourself yet? Are you a fan of the combination of earl grey and lavender? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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