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Earl Grey Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Earl Grey cookies are buttery shortbread cookies flavoured with Earl Grey tea leaves and a sweet lemon glaze on top. The lemon glazed cookies are perfect for an afternoon tea or dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword best shortbread recipe, earl gray cookies, easy Christmas cookies, holiday desserts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
chilling time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 105kcal
Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter slightly cooler than room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 Earl Grey tea bag
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • turbinao sugar for garnish optional


  • Add the butter and the sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream the butter and sugar together on medium high speed until the mixture is pale in colour and becomes slightly fluffy.
  • Add the lemon zest, the salt, and the earl grey tea leaves and mix on medium speed until they're all incorporated (scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to be sure).
  • Add the flour and mix on low speed just until it's incorporated and no streaks of flour remain.
  • Dump the contents of the bowl onto a clean work surface and shape the dough into a log about 3 to 3.5 inches in diameter. Once the dough is starting to form a log shape, wrap the log of dough in a piece of plastic wrap and roll the log gently in the plastic wrap to create a smooth cylinder. Smooth the ends as best you can and with the dough firmly wrapped in plastic wrap, place it in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
  • Once 1-2 hours have passed, preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and remove the dough from the fridge. Prepare two baking pans by lining them with parchment paper.
  • Remove the log of dough from its plastic wrap and slice a tiny bit off both ends so they're clean and smooth. Slice the log into 18 slices, cutting as evenly as possible. It's a good idea to rotate the log each time you make a slice because this helps it keep its round shape.
  • Shape the cookies a little bit with your fingers, just to make sure there's no flat side left from the slicing and they're completely circular. Place them on your prepared baking trays and bake them for about 22-24 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit or until you see the edges turning the slightest bit of golden brown. Cool them on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Once the cookies have cooled completely, whisk together the milk, powdered sugar and lemon zest in a small bowl and drizzle it over the cookies using your whisk. Sprinkle a little bit of turbinado sugar over each of the cookies for a little bit of sparkle, and serve!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 163IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg