One of my favourite things about visiting Ireland is that no matter what time of day it is always an acceptable time for tea and biscuits (or cookies as we call them in North America). The food in Ireland is outstanding!! The vegetables have this beautiful earthy taste and the breads are hearty and flavourful. It’s impossible not to indulge when you have so many beautiful things to eat.
I remember returning home to Canada after my first trip and saying to my husband Mark that everything tasted like cardboard at home. He, being from Ireland would laugh and agree! He has always raved about the amazing food and the rich and raw flavour of the fresh produce. Everything you eat tastes as if it were just pulled from the earth or plucked from a branch or vine.
In preparation for my first trip over my Dad who also happens to be from Ireland asked me what on earth I was going to eat over there. From what he could recall from his childhood everything was smothered in butter and came with meat. I assumed I’d be eating salad most of the trip and had prepared myself for that, after all it was a small price to pay for the amazing scenery and culture of the country.
I was absolutely delighted to find that Ireland was a great place for a vegan to travel and there were many options available. A plate of roasted veggies was an absolute delight and there were many unique restaurants that had fantastic vegan options available in Dublin in particular. But at the end of the day it was always tea time that was my favourite, unfortunately vegan cookies and biscuits weren’t plentiful.
So in the spirit of my trips to Ireland and my love of tea time I’ve created a vegan tea cookie for you to enjoy. With its soft lemon flavour and the hint of Earl Gray tea, it is sure to delight the taste buds. The only problem with these easy to make delicious cookies is that they don’t last long because they are so so good!
My kids go mad for these cookies and with five daughters, tea parties are a common occurrence in our house. They love to dress up and pull out the pretty mugs with a pot full of Strawberry Tea. I love to watch them get into deep conversations and share stories about their week, I’d like to think they will still be chatting over tea as adults.
From me and mine, to you and yours! Enjoy my Earl Gray Lemon Short Bread Cookies, please comment if you have a questions about the recipe and let me know how they turned out for you!
Warmest Regards Natasha
Earl Gray Short Bread Cookies
Prep Time: 10 mins Bake Time: 20 mins at 350 Makes:12
- 1 3/4 Cup of Flour
- 1/2 Cup of Organic Cane Sugar
- 3/4 Cup of Vegan Margarine (I use Earth Balance)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 Tbsp of Loose Earl Gray Tea
- 1/4 Tsp of Sea Salt
- 1/2 Tsp of Vanilla
- 1-2 Tbsp Dairy Free Milk
- In a mixer cream Sugar, Margarine, Vanilla, Lemon Juice and Salt until combined and smooth.
- With a Motar and Pestle grind the Loose Earl Gray tea leaves into a powder.
- Add Flour and ground Tea to wet mixture and combine until dough becomes pebble-like.
- Add 1-2 Tbsp of Dairy Free Milk to bring the dough together until the dough comes together and holds its shape.
- Remove from mixer and place on a parchment sheet, form the dough into a log and roll in the parchment paper.
- Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until firm enough to cut.
- Slice the log into 1/2 inch rounds and place on a cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until lightly brown on the bottom.
- Allow to cool on a cooling rack for 10 mins.
These tea cookies are the perfect addition to your tea party, beautiful texture, light lemon and tea flavour! I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as my family and I do.
Warmest Regards Natasha xoxo
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