Earl Grey Tea Shortbread

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I’m going to go back. Way back. Back into time. I made this shortbread for the Triangle Share Our Strength Bake Sale back in May. It’s adapted from my vanilla saffron shortbread and is just as aromatic and fragrant as I hoped it’d be. If you’ve been following for awhile, you know that I was on a major shortbread kick this spring. Now, that kick is coming in handy, as my hectic life hasn’t allowed me to cook much in the past week. This shortbread is great straight up, and also with a nice cup of tea (although if you’re experiencing this insane heat wave, a cup of tea is probably the last thing on your mind right now).

Three other random things (admittedly, I’m a bit scatterbrained today… sorry this is an incoherent post!).

1. Are there any Mac users out there who have already switched to the new operating system (Lion)? Ah, I’d just like to vent … I hate these new invisible scroll bar and mission control thingies! I’m sure I’ll get used to it… but until then–urg!

2. The reality of my move is finally setting in. I got super emo in yoga today. I think it was being in a space where my mind was truly quiet or maybe it’s just the proximity of the move, but savasana brought me to tears today. Sigh. The good and the bad of change!

3. Check out Natalie at Food Blog and the Dog! She jazzed up the watermelon granita I made earlier this summer!

Happy Friday to you allllllllllllll! 😀

Earl Grey Tea Shortbread (Printable Recipe)


1 cup Earth Balance (softened)

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons orange extract

Earl grey tea leaves from two tea bags

sugar for sprinkling


*Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cream butter, sugar, and orange extract. Stir in tea leaves. Sift in flour, cornstarch, and salt. Stir until fully combined.

*Press dough into a 9 1/2 inch tart pan with removable bottom. Sprinkle lightly with sugar (~ 1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon). Bake for approximately 20 minutes or just until shortbread turns light golden brown. Cut shortbread into slices while warm. Remove bottom of tart pan and let cool completely.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. These look so wonderful. I love the flavor of Earl Grey!

  2. This shortbread sounds fantastic. Tea on a bread and then enjoy it with tea 🙂

  3. My husband adores Earl Grey Tea – so he’d enjoy this very much! As for Mac Lion – I’ve not purchased it yet, but will be in the next week or so….I’ll have to research the invisible scroll bars!

  4. Very interesting to use actual tea leaves, gives a nice appearance, almost like poppy seeds. Now you can have tea and cookies together!

  5. I make shortbread at home but I never tried using earl grey in it. Thank you for giving me this idea. This recipe looks tasty!

  6. Good call on the yoga, at least you get all your emotions out. So much better than keeping them in! Thanks so much for the link and the inspiration, I’m still finishing it off now. It’s about all I can eat at the moment in this heat, but I’m sure I could manage a bit of your shortbread, so elegant! Have a great weekend 😀

  7. Yoga is great for making you check in with yourself and see how you are doing. It gave to a chance to recognise the stress of the move and do something about it: eat shortbread! Love Earl Grey in food.

  8. This shortbread looks amazing! The use of tea leaves for flavoring this was a great idea. No doubt this tastes delicious-would love a piece with my tea right now. Yum!

  9. I love, love, love this, Tiff. Love early grey, love the idea of it in shortbread. Buzzed! Glad the move is starting to settle in for you.

  10. Alright, now I’m terrified of getting Lion…there’s invisible things? I don’t really do invisible. I’m a very pro-visible girl. Hurm.

    It’s probably a really good thing that you let it fly in yoga! The worst thing is to keep those emotions all bottled up or try to ignore them. Change is good. You’ll love it there 🙂

    Oh, and of course, love this yummy shortbread! Buzzed

  11. I am saving this recipe! Shall make them when my mom-in-law visits us! Thanks, Tiffany. This looks too good!!

  12. Hmmm tea in the shortbread. Well I love tea and I love shortbread so this sounds perfect. It looks great too!!
    Hope everything with your move goes very well!

  13. I need to try the whole cooking with tea thing. It sounds great! I bet some lavendar would be delish in it too.

  14. Tiff, this looks SO good! I love what you did with this shortbread! Earl Grey is one of my favorite teas so I can just imagine how delicious this is!

  15. This looks terrific. Shortbread is great at any time!

  16. Tiffany! I LOVE shortbread! My favorite kind of cookie! And I am still drinking tea in this heat! These would go perfectly! I am sorry you are so emotional. But it’s okay. All a part of change. (Change…even good change….is always so difficult for me!) Hang in there! All good things are coming your way! Have a great weekend! : )

  17. This sounds lovely! It looks so moist and delicious, and the addition of earl grey tea sounds perfect:-) You are a fellow yogis? I am not sure if I knew that, or did I just forget…. Let what is supposed to be, happen…tears are not bad, and maybe a relief for you too. Namaste my friend~Terra

  18. Congratulations on Top 9! And #1!!! Gorgeous shortbread that sounds so healthy. I want some! Computers can drive you nuts sometimes. Wish I could help. Hang in there!

  19. Change is good – hopefully they were happy tears right?

    This shortbread sounds amazing and unique =)

  20. So pretty. Tea adds a wonderful touch of flavor.

  21. Wow, Tiffany. Just checked in and seen you on Top9. Way to go, girl. Fantastic!

  22. I just made plain old shortbread today, but now you’ve inspired me to add some more exotic flavorings next time~ These look yummy!

  23. Vegan shortbread is one of those things that makes me so very happy. Simple pleasures, right? And the addition of Earl Grey to the recipe is inspired! I can’t wait to try these out myself. 🙂

    (And I’ve cried at more than one yoga class, so you’re not alone. It’s cleansing.)

  24. Tiffany, I have never made shortbread, but you have inspired me. This looks so yummy. Congrats on making Top 9 on Foodbuzz! Hope the move goes smoothly. : )

  25. Hi Tiff, I saw this last night and I think that this is such a wonderful dish! Great flavor and looks so moist and delicious! Thank you for sharing and happy Sunday to you!!!

  26. Shortbread is my all time favorite kind of cookie. I have never made it before, but this inspires me to do so! Thank you for sharing!

  27. Congrats on the Top 9 Tiffany! These cookies sound wonderful! Love the use of Earl Grey!

  28. Congratulations on making Food buzz’s Top 9 – well deserved!

  29. This is the second time I have seen tea in cookies lately. To be honest, I am not sure what to think. I like tea but to me it is definitely a drink. I guess I will just have to try to find out!

  30. This looks so delicious! Congratulations on Top 9! 🙂

  31. What a delicious shortbread! I can see why they’re on top 9…nom nom nom!

  32. Yum! I just love shortbread, and this with the tea looks amazing!

    Best of luck to you with your move! Moving is so exciting, and yet so nerve racking all at the same time. There’s always so much to look forward to, and yet there are things that are so hard to leave.

  33. I love shortbread but never tried with earl grey, yours looks fantastic! Congrats on the Top 9 dear…

  34. This looks so good! I love putting tea in things. It makes me feel like a grown up.

    Also, yoga makes me cry sometimes. I don’t know what it is. Something about being quiet inside makes me release a lot of stress and emotions, sometimes in the form of tears. I’m a loser.

    • If you’re a loser, so am I! LOL 😀

  35. i love the idea of using earl grey to flavor this bread! such a creative recipe. i bet it was scrumptious!

  36. I’m behind in my reading. Blame it on Chicago and Big Congrats for being in the Top 9. I love love the look of this shortbread. Also, I love hot tea and will drink it in any weather.

  37. Looks great! And I can get my tea flavor kick without drinking hot tea in the summer!

  38. They look fantastic! I like the addition of earl grey.

  39. I love both shortbread and early grey SO MUCH! You combined my favorite in one sweets. Hmm…looks and sounds “easy”….wonder if I can bake this myself. =D I have a HUGE craving for this shortbread. Arrrhhh Tiffany, this sounds really great!!

  40. These look scrumptious. Earl Grey tea is such a refined and unique taste. I will forever associate it with Star Trek…both Captain Picard and Janeway drank it (and since I’m easily food influenced, so did I every time I watched an episode!) 🙂

    Moving is such a tumultuous life event. It’s totally understandable to have emo moments associated with it!

  41. It sounds very interesting, especially because of those added tea leaves.. Worth trying I guess.

  42. Thanks for the comments everyone!!!!!!!

  43. Oh this looks and sounds so delicious. I love shortbread and this is going to be a must to try!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  44. I love to eat short bread and this earl grey short bread of yours sounds so delicious!

  45. This sounds wonderful, especially with the tea and the orange extract!

  46. I love Earl Grey shortbread! I’ve actually made shortbread cookies shaped like tea pots, haha. Great flavors, that tea is just a perfect flavoring for rich buttery shortbread 🙂

  47. Since Earl Grey is one of our favorite things, we’ll definitely have to try this recipe! Sounds perfect for teatime!

  48. I love utilizing tea in recipes and I am a bit crazed for shortbread myself 🙂 Great recipe and hope your week smooths out for you…

  49. Do you think it would be ok to use oil instead of Earth Balance? Or anything else?

    • Hi Olga,

      I DEF. think it would be ok to use oil (or margarine, or even good ole butter)!