Tea Week: Rooibos Shortbread

I have recently discovered the joy of cooking and baking with tea… it isn’t just for drinking anymore!

A few months back, I made my Chai Tea Scones. I was all set to make some again today, but was suddenly struck with a craving for shortbread.

So instead, I broke in my new stand mixer with some shortbread cookies!

Tea-Infused Shortbread

But first things first, isn’t my graduation gift to myself gorgeous?

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

That would be a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in Blue Willow.

I heard equally good reviews about both KitchenAid and Cuisinart mixers, and just as many people told me they loved their KitchenAid as they did their Cuisinart. I figured I couldn’t go wrong either way, and found a much better deal on KitchenAid. Plus, the pretty color didn’t hurt either! 😉

The mixer handled the shortbread dough beautifully, and clean-up was a breeze. So far, so good!

These cookies are light, crisp and buttery…just like shortbread should be!

Blueberry Rooibos Shortbread

1/2 c. spelt flour

1/2 c. whole wheat flour

1/3 c. powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. tea leaves or 2 tea bags (I used Blueberry Rooibos, but any tea should work!)

1/2 c. (1 stick) butter

Preheat oven to 350F. Crush the tea into a coarse powder.

Crushed Tea

In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or an electric hand mixer), blend the sugar, salt, vanilla, tea and butter until completely mixed.

Add the flour and mix until a soft dough is created. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and pat into a flat disk. Freeze for 10 minutes.

Roll the dough out onto a greased baking sheet, and freeze for an additional 10-15 minutes. Cut into rectangles. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until edges start to brown.

Tea Shortbread

Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. Prepare yourself a cup of tea in the meantime to enjoy with your shortbread!

Rooibos Shortbread

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think a mid-morning shortbread with some tea will hit. the. spot.

Miss any of the previous Tea Week posts? Check them out here!


    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Thank you! The awesome thing about baking with tea is it is SO easy to change the flavor…just use a different tea! :)

  1. Kelley says

    Yeah, I made those Chai Tea Scones for a VERY SPECIAL someone’s bridal shower. They went over very well!

    Hope NY is treating you well deary! Can’t wait to see you on Sunday, babe!

  2. says

    i dreamt about these cookies.

    you think i’m kidding, don’t you?

    I’m not. I read your blog before taking a nap yesterday, and then I DREAMT ABOUT THESE COOKIES.

    i can’t decide if that is weird, or AWESOME.

    in the dream i wasn’t able to EAT the cookies. You had wrapped them, sent them to me, and I was suppose to…..GIVE THEM AWAY TO SOMEONE ELSE!?!?!!?

    Julie. REALLY!? What were you thinking? We just had a disscusion about my favorite food group being cookies…and then…i was suppose to give them away.

    and – you had even SPECIFIED who I should give them to, in dream land.
    which didn’t make any sense because it was someone who I am quite certain you would have NEVER suggested I give them to.
    So I think you had yellow fever or something that was making you think all crazy-like.
    because, seriously….WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!?!?

    okay. back to reality.
    that was not really you in the dream.
    so i can’t be mad at you.



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