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Lemon and Earl Grey Shortbread Teabags

Makes approx. 25


  • 125g butter, cubed and softened
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • finely grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons earl grey tea leaves
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind, extra
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • decorative paper and fine string, to decorate
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  1. 1. Beat the butter, sugar and rind with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the flour and tea leaves and mix until it comes together. Turn out onto a floured surface and lightly knead into a ball. Split the dough into two balls.
  2. 2. Roll each ball of dough out between two sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Using a small sharp knife cut dough into small teabag shapes.
  3. Using a spatula, carefully lift biscuits onto a lined oven tray. Using a skewer poke a small hole into the top of each teabag for the string. Bake at 160°C for 12-15 minutes or until a light golden colour. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. 3. Combine icing sugar, lemon rind and juice and water until smooth. Dip half of each cookie into icing and place on a wire rack to set.
  5. 4. Cut small squares out of decorative paper and glue onto strings. Thread each string onto a cookie and tie to secure.

Tips / Handy Hints

We used the string from existing tea bags, however any fine string would be suitable.


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