Christmas Tea Shortbread

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by Amber on December 18, 2011

Shortbread is one of those things I’m sort of a traditionalist about. I hesitate to even add vanilla extract, because I feel adding extra liquids to the perfect balance of flour, powdered sugar, salt, and butter would upset the natural order of things.

So when it comes to adding flavor, I tend to look towards dry ingredients: Vanilla bean paste, or ground tea – yes, tea. For the cookie swap we had in New York City a couple weekends ago, I made “Autumn Tea Shortbread” using a black tea-pumpkin spice blend I had on hand.

But we’re straight up into Christmas season now. I’m ready for cinnamon and clove and buttery shortbread to combine into something magical. Twinings makes a Christmas Tea that, when combined with traditional shortbread ingredients, makes for a spectacular treat.

If you have a coffee grinder, you can grind the tea up even finer, but I don’t find it entirely necessary. If the idea of chunks of black tea leaves in your shortbread freaks you out a little, that’s okay. Just grind them up in the coffee grinder or food processor and be on your way.

You can use any kind of tea you like, even herbal tea. I’ve also made it in the past with Earl Grey.

Because this shortbread comes together so quickly, and with a wintery shortbread mold makes for the perfect pair up with a hot chocolate and a hug, I plan to give it out to all my neighbors this Christmas.

King Arthur Flour provided me with this beautiful NordicWare shortbread pan for review. I can’t say enough about it. The pan is solidly constructed of heavy cast aluminum, but is very light. It browns perfectly, and I’ve even thrown it in the dishwasher with no ill effects. If you want to add the perfect snowflake detail to your Winter shortbread, this is the pan for you.


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Kathryn December 18, 2011 at 11:38 AM

I almost bought a very similar pan this weekend and now I’m really regretting not buying it! The blend of spices in this shortbread sounds just wonderful and I love the snow effect that the site has at the moment ;)

Amber December 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Thanks, Kathryn! I really love that pan. It’s so festive. I’m a big fan of the snow effect too. Such fun to play with plugins :)

Tracy December 18, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Such gorgeous and festive shortbread! Also, I haven’t seen that Christmas tea at the store, so I’m definitely going to order some online. I can’t wait to try this; I’m totally addicted to shortbread, especially now that I have a fancy pan for it. :-)

Amber December 20, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Thanks, Tracy. That tea is pretty spectacular :)

Lisa December 18, 2011 at 5:11 PM

The idea of using Earl Grey leaves in the shortbread sounds wonderful! I will be trying this very soon, thanks for the recipe!

Amber December 20, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Lisa, I think you’ll love it. It adds such a wonderful fragrance and flavor.

Nancy @SensitivePantry December 18, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Mmmm. Loverly. I love the idea of adding tea to the shortbread.

Amber December 20, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Thanks, Nancy :)

Katrina December 18, 2011 at 6:39 PM

The snow effect – brilliant! Love these :)

Amber December 20, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Haha, thanks Katrina. I love it too!

Merry Graham December 18, 2011 at 7:07 PM

I have the same pan and use it frequently ~ I love it!

Amber December 20, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Isn’t it wonderful, Merry? I just love the snowflake detail.

Cookbook Queen December 19, 2011 at 10:18 AM

So gorgeous and elegant!!

Amber December 20, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Thanks, Kristan! <3

Baker Street December 19, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Oh yum! I love shortbread. What a lovely idea of using twinings to flavor it.

Amber December 20, 2011 at 2:57 PM

It’s a great idea, An – you can use any kind of tea you fancy. It means you can really play around and make all sorts of festive flavors depending on the season.

Delishhh December 19, 2011 at 1:43 PM

These are just gorgeous! Happy Holudays to you!

Amber December 20, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Thanks so much, Ewa! Happy Holidays to you too.

Casey@Good. Food. Stories. December 19, 2011 at 6:28 PM

I’m usually a shortbread purist too, but this sounds like a variation I can get behind! (plus, I totally trust your tastebuds.)

Amber December 20, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Wow, that means a lot to me! Thanks, Casey.

Jamie | My Baking Addiction December 19, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Not only is this shortbread gorgeous, it’s also pretty darn genius and perfect for the season!

Amber December 20, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Thanks, Jamie <3

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 19, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Love, love, love shortbread! And how did you get it to snow on your blog? Very cute.

Amber December 20, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Me too, Sylvie! The snow is provided by a WP plugin called Snow Storm

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction December 20, 2011 at 9:59 PM

So beautiful! I need to find a shortbread pan like that! I often make mine in one of my cake pans and just slice it into wedges, but it’s not nearly as pretty! I love the tea flavor, too… Yum!

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