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Shortbread Tea Cookies For Your Next Tea Party

Learn how to make delicious shortbread tea cookies using some basic ingredients you probably already have on hand. These tea biscuits are good with tea (of course) but also coffee or ice cream!

Shortbread tea cookies

I come from a family of five children and we’re all very close. I think that’s what happens when you grow up in a large family and you have to come up with a lot of activities on your own!

My parents were good about encouraging imagination and creativity (and maybe they just wanted some alone time?) so we spent a lot of time doing crafts, playing games, baking, and more. I pretty much had my Home Economics degree by the time I was 10!

Tea Cookies for a Tea Party

One thing we loved to do as children was set up a tea party. My mom would let us bake a very simple shortbread cookie recipe as part of our party. I’m not sure that they tasted very good in actually, but I have the fondest memories of those tea cookies!!

We always paired our tea biscuits with a delicious tea beverage and we’d dress up to attend. We’d pick different names each time and use different accents . . . we’d crack each other up! It was so fun pretending to be someone else from a different time. Ah – being a kid.

black tea cookies

My niece Maria is finally at the age where she can start baking and I decided to was time for us to make tea cookies – though this time I created a new recipe from scratch and added a special ingredient: Lipton Iced Tea!

Yes, not only are these tea cookies, but there is actual tea in the cookies. They are delish. Although they are technically tea shortbread cookies, they’re also great with coffee. So don’t limit yourself.

You’ll infuse the cookies with vanilla to add that perfect touch to the recipe. You’ll love the rich taste and sweet flavor!

vanilla, confectioner's sugar, flour, two sticks of butter, sugar, and tea

Shortbread Tea Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large or 2 small bags of Lipton Iced Tea
  • 1/4 cup decorator’s sugar (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°.

1. Add dry ingredients (except the decorator’s sugar) to a large bowl and mix. Cut open the teabag(s) and add in. Mix.

2. Add the butter and vanilla extract to the mixture. Mix together with your hands or add to a stand mixture that has a paddle attachment. Combine everything. It will be dry and crumbly at first but then it will moisten and come together.

3. Form the dough into a circular log and roll in decorator’s sugar if you like – I did this for a little extra “pizazz.”

Shortbread tea cookie dough

4. Slice the tea biscuits log into 1/4″ cookies and place on your cookie sheet.

5. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes and move to a cookie rack to let cool. Makes about 24 cookies.

Note: if you aren’t ready to bake the cookies immediately, roll in wax paper and store in the refrigerator. Let warm up a bit before cutting the cookies and baking.

Shortbread tea cookies recipe and Lipton tea

Since these cookies are made to go with tea, I’ll give you my vanilla tea recipe as well. You can make it hot or cold.

Vanilla Black Tea

Ingredients

  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 bags, Lipton Black Tea – Family Sized
  • 2 -3 tbsp vanilla syrup
  • 6 cups ice cubes

Directions

  1. Place 4 cups of boiling water over two tea bags in a heatproof pitcher.
  2. Brew 3 – 5 minutes and then remove the tea bags.
  3. Add 2 – 3 tablespoons of vanilla syrup, depending on the sweetness you prefer.
  4. Stir in 6 cups of ice cubes until melted and then refrigerate.
  5. Pour into glasses with ice.
tea cookies recipe

I’m IN LOVE with this tea biscuits recipe! I’m going to have a tea party with my little niece and teach her this family tradition (that her father used to participate in!) and I’m going to give the rest of the tea cookies away to my neighbors as gifts.

Yield: 24 cookies

Shortbread Tea Cookies

Shortbread tea cookies

Learn how to make delicious shortbread tea cookies using some basic ingredients you probably already have on hand. These tea biscuits are good with tea (of course) but also coffee or ice cream!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 small bags of Lipton Iced Tea
  • 1/4 cup decorator's sugar

Instructions

  1. Add dry ingredients (except the decorator's sugar) to a large bowl and mix. Cut open the teabag(s) and add in. Mix.
  2. Add the butter and vanilla extract to the mixture. Mix together with your hands or add to a stand mixture that has a paddle attachment. Combine everything. It will be dry and crumbly at first but then it will moisten and come together.
  3. Form the dough into a circular log and roll in decorator's sugar if you like.
  4. Slice the tea biscuits log into 1/4 inch cookies and place on your cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes and move to a cookie rack to let cool. Makes about 24 cookies.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

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I’ll tell them my story and see if they have any fun memories like I do. I’ll even be nice and include some iced tea so they can reenact my childhood tea parties themselves!


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