Friday, December 20, 2013

Earl Grey Tea Cookies - Caity




I love tea and own more teas and tea gear than anyone in their right mind should (I guess that really speaks to my state of mind huh?). Anytime I see a tea related recipe, I have to try it. When I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I was a goner. Earl Grey tea flavored chocolate chip cookies?!?! I never thought a chocolate chip cookie could be improved upon. 

The dough keeps very well in the refrigerator or freezer. I made a batch of dough and stored it in the freezer to save it for a special occasion (or a late night craving). A very special occasion presented itself in early December with the arrival of a little puppy named Nigel. He came into our lives slightly unexpectedly, but he couldn't be cuter and he makes Brendan and I very happy (despite the fact that he chews on my hair and sometimes poops on the rug). I threw these cookies into the oven while my friends played with our little boy and they will always remind me of bringing home our little puppy. 

This recipe comes from the Hummingbird High Baking Blog. The cookies use tea infused butter which imparts all the best flavor of the Earl Grey tea into the final product. I have tried these cookies with Earl Grey tea and Lady Grey and found that Earl Grey gives the cookies the strongest "tea" flavor but if you aren't quite as obsessed with tea as I am, Lady Grey would be a good way to go. I made them once with Earl Grey with Bergamot from Twinings and that batch was especially tasty! Make sure you plan ahead for these yummy cookies because the tea-butter takes at least 45 min to steep and the dough at least a couple hours to chill.