How to Use Earl Grey Tea to Enhance Your Cookies

Roberta Fuhr, a local tea lover, teacher, and owner of Experience Tea Studio in Issaquah, WA, created these delicious Lady Grey Shortbread Cookies and directions on how to use Earl Grey tea in your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Check them out to get some yummy baking inspiration for fall!

Lady Grey Shortbread

1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1-1/2 cups cornstarch

Dry tea from 4 teabags of Earl Grey Tea

1-1/2 tsp. food-grade lavender

1-1/2 cups unbleached white flour

Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 baking sheet with parchment paper.

Stir or sift the cornstarch, flour, Earl Grey tea, and salt together and set aside. Cream the softened butter with the sugar for one to two minutes in an electric mixer. Slowly add the dry ingredients and blend until the ingredients are incorporated and the dough holds together (it will be kind of dry, but workable). Give it a few kneads on a lightly floured cutting board.

Divide dough, wrapping half in an air-tight container while you roll out the other half. Roll to 3/8” thickness and cut with small round or theme cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheet and prick the cookies with a fork (preferably three times, but depends on the size of your cookies).

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. You want the cookies to be completely baked, but not brown. Remove the cookies to a wire rack to completely cool. Store air tight.

Earl Grey Influenced Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a wonderful enhancement to traditional chocolate chip cookies. Make your standard chocolate chip cookie recipe on the back of the 12 oz. bag of Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips (almost every brand has a similar recipe). Add the tea from four tea bags of Earl Grey tea to the dough and mix well.

Drop by teaspoonful on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned. Remove the cookies to a wire rack to completely cool. Store air tight.

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Above, take a peek into the Roberta’s Experience Tea Studio! You can find more information about classes, events, and more at the Experience Tea website and Facebook page. Thank you, Roberta, for sharing these recipes!

 

Our Teas Are Now Certified Gluten-Free!

This spring, we are proud to announce that our teas have been certified gluten-free by the Gluten Intolerance Group. Our customers that may have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity can also be assured that our packaging materials do not contain gluten. In addition, our certified organic tea packing facility in Seattle does not process anything with gluten, so there is no risk of cross-contamination.

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You may be wondering, “Why do I need to worry about gluten in tea?”  While Camellia sinensis, the plant from which tea comes, does not contain any gluten on own its own, gluten is sometimes introduced to tea products by manufacturers as an additive. For example, flavors made with grains containing gluten can be added. (Our flavors do not contain gluten.) Also, sometimes barley malt is used as a sweetener and roasted barley itself can be made into tea. (We do not use barley in any of our teas.) And finally, some tea companies may use gluten-containing glue to close their tea bags. (Our tea bags are sewn shut, so this is not an issue.)

For these reasons and the many phone calls and emails we’ve received from concerned customers, we are pleased that we can offer the added confidence of third party verification that our teas are gluten free. To learn more about our certifier, the Gluten Intolerance Group, visit gluten.net.

Support World Water Day and WaterAid with us!

WaterAidSaturday, March 22nd is World Water Day, a day established to raise awareness of the fact that 1 in 8 people does not have access to safe drinking water. As part of our commitment to a healthy planet, we are donating 20¢ of every box sold during the month of March to WaterAid, an international organization that has brought safe water to nearly 16 million people around the world. Join us in our effort by purchasing a box of tea and reward yourself with 10% off. Just use promo code WATERAID14 through the end of March to take advantage.

To learn more about WaterAid’s efforts and impact, visit their website or Facebook page.

Share the love this Valentine’s Day with 10% Off Whole Leaf Organics, February 4th-14th!

Indulge yourself or someone special with our luxury line of Whole Leaf Organics teas. With rich flavors like Lychee WhiteEstate Blend DarjeelingJade Green, and Chamomile Citrus, you’re sure to find a little romance in your cup. Use promo code WLO14 on our website to take advantage. Wishing everyone a happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Holidays! Take 15% Off All Teas December 10th-18th.

Still wondering what to get everyone on your list? Sometimes the simple pleasures in life make the best gifts. Our Whole Leaf Organics line will delight with a little extra luxury. Our new Wellness Teas* are perfect for the health-conscious tea sipper. And with over 60 varieties, our large collection of Fair Trade Certified™ Teas give back while delivering an exceptional cup. Use promo code HOLIDAY13 on our website December 10th-18th to stock up and save!

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Take 10% Off Fair Trade Teas for Fair Trade Month

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Every time you purchase one of our Fair Trade Certified™ teas you’re supporting a better life for tea workers in developing countries. Fair wages, safe working conditions, and worker-managed premiums for healthcare, education, and other community needs are all benefits you support when you enjoy our Fair Trade teas. With over 60 offerings, you won’t have trouble finding a favorite and toasting Fair Trade Month! Use promo code FTCHOICE13 through October to get this offer.