Earl Grey Vanilla Shortbread

Beautiful food photography: a stack of shortbread cookies with a vanilla earl grey glaze. Recipe made using Tetley Earl Grey Vanilla tea.

These melt-in-your-mouth, all-butter shortbread cookies are elevated with our Earl Grey Vanilla Tea.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes  
Total time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Medium
Yield: 40 cookies



  • 1 2/3 cups (400 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1 cup (250 mL) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
  • 2 Earl Grey Vanilla Tea tea bags




  1. Stir flour with cornstarch and salt until combined. Set aside.
  2. Place butter, icing sugar, and granulated sugar in a separate bowl.
  3. Open tea bags and add leaves to bowl.
  4. Beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Add flour mixture. Beat on low just until the dough comes together.
  6. Divide the dough into two portions and form into 1 1/2-inch (4 cm) square-shaped logs.
  7. Wrap and chill for at least 1 hour or until firm enough to slice easily.
  8. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
  9. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  10. Cut each log into 1/4-inch (5mm) thick slices and place 1-inch (2.5 cm) apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  11. Bake in batches for 15-20 minutes or until a pale golden colour on the bottom.
  12. Cool completely on a rack.


  1. In microwave, heat cream for 30 seconds or until steaming.
  2. Open tea bag and add leaves to cream.
  3. Stir and steep for 5 minutes.
  4. Gradually stir in icing sugar until smooth.
  5. Spoon into re-sealable plastic bag. Snip a small hole in the corner of the bag.
  6. Drizzle over the shortbread.
  7. Let stand for 15-20 minutes or until the glaze is set


  • If the cookies feel soft when cutting them, pop baking sheet into the fridge or freezer for 5 to 10 minutes before baking.
  • Places trays of sliced cookie dough in the fridge between batches.


Per serving: 146 calories, 9.5 g fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 17 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrates, 0.5 g fibre, 5 g sugar, 0.5 g protein.