February 24, 2011

Lemon Earl Grey Cookies

Just a quick note to give you a little sunshine in your late February day. These little cookies have a lovely lemon flavor that will brighten any dreary, cloudy, or otherwise less-than-sunny day. They’re not overly sweet, they’re not rich, and they’re perfect with a cup of hot tea (yes, Earl Grey would be a great option here). They’re also great to bring to work and push off on your coworkers, which is what I did. After all, a cookie in my kitchen is a cookie begging for me to eat it – and I’ve already had more than my fair share!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Lemon Earl Grey Cookies

1/2 c sweet white rice flour

1/2 c quinoa flour

2/3 c potato starch

1/2 t guar gum

1/2 t baking soda

1/4 t baking powder

1/4 t salt

leaves from 3 bags of Earl Grey tea, crushed fine

1/2 c vegan buttery sticks, softened

3/4 c sugar, plus 1/4 c more for rolling

1 egg

1/2 t vanilla extract

zest of 1 large lemon

2 T fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, potato starch, guar gum, baking powder and soda, salt, and tea leaves. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add buttery sticks and sugar. Beat on medium until fluffy and pale (about 2-3 minutes), and then add egg. Beat on medium until egg incorporates, and add vanilla, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Beat until incorporated. Turn speed to low and add in flour mixture, and allow to beat until incorporated, scraping down the sides as needed.

Place the remaining sugar in a small bowl, and using a tablespoon (and another spoon if needed), scoop tablespoon-sized balls of dough, and roll them around in the sugar. Place on the prepared baking sheets, 2-3 inches apart.

Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are just barely starting to brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Makes about 2 dozen.

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays over at Gluten-Free Homemaker.

18 Responses to “Lemon Earl Grey Cookies”

  1. These look fantastic! I’m definitely going to make these!

  2. tea in cookies! oh, what a perfect mariage of flavors and texture.

  3. What a cool idea! I would never think to put tea leaves in cookies, but I bet it adds an awesome flavor!

  4. Being a tea fan, this is definitely my kind of treat.

  5. How lovely! I’d make these for our tea event on Saturday, but no quinoa flour. :-( One day though …

    Thanks, Alta!

  6. Cool and unique idea for cookies! We’re featuring cookies at the M&T Spotlight this week and would love for you to submit this: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  7. My little sis would LOVE these!

  8. What a cool idea Alta! These would be perfect for a tea party, or a wedding shower.

  9. These look so lovely :)

  10. I’ve had a craving for a lemon cookie lately. These look delicious.

  11. The perfect tea party cookies! I’ve been craving lemony treats too, feels like we’re so close to spring…

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  16. I’ve had Earl Gray cookies, and they’re very nice! This recipe looks wonderful with the use of guar gum and a minimum of starch. I think quinoa flour sounds like a good combo with the tea. Must Make Soon. Thanks!

  17. Alta, I love the idea of these cookies. I need to pick up some Earl Grey and give them a try. They look perfect for an afternoon tea (not that I ever do that). :)

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