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Vanilla Chai Shortbread Cookies

These Vanilla Chai Shortbread Cookies are simple with a little spice and a whole lot of cozy! Made with loose tea leaves, flour, butter, and sugar, these cookies are easy and fast to make.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 92kcal




  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350­°.
  • Cream butter and confectioners sugar in a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  • Add in flour, salt, and loose tea leaves. continue to mix until a soft dough forms, the mix will be dry and crumbly at first but will come together.
  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface until it's ¼ inch thick.
  • Cut out cookies using a 2 in round cookie cutter.
  • Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 18-20 minutes or until edges are a golden brown and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Once cooled, whisk together icing ingredients until smooth. Dip half of each cookie in the icing, let excess drip off and run a spoon along the edge to remove any extra, then place on wax paper to set.



  • For a stronger initial flavor, mix the butter and tea leaves together about 6 hours ahead of time to infuse.
  • For more, smaller cookies, use a 1 1/2 in round cookie cutter and bake for 12-15 minutes. Will yield around 36 cookies.


Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 9mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.3mg