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Everyone who follows my blog knows my love of all things tea. Teapots, teacups, tea gadgets and tea itself—all have me hooked without a doubt. I am always looking for new ways to incorporate tea into my daily life and today I found one more delicious way to get even more of something that I love by using Bigelow Tea in a recipe.
A couple of years ago Chris and I were able to go visit Charleston Tea Plantation for a wonderful tour. I loved being able to see the entire process of tea growing to picking to processing up close and personal and knowing that this is a company that provides 100% American made products by an American family makes me even happier.
I loved the tour because I got to really see tea up close and personal. Just look at these brilliant green leaves. How can you not love that? So what can you do with tea besides the obvious brewing a cup to drink? The sky is the limit and today I would love to share with you a wonderful recipe that I improvised to feature a recent addition to the Bigelow family of teas—American Breakfast. American Breakfast is a wonderful product that not only tastes good but boasts an extra 50% caffeine content than regular teas. If you are like me there are quite a few days that that extra boost of caffeine is not only needed but necessary in order to function.
The caffeine lift I get from tea is different than the lift I get from coffee. Tea contains Theanine which is a naturally occurring compound that is unique to tea alone. This works in tandem with caffeine to give a sustained energy boost without some of the jitteriness that I sometimes get when drinking coffee.
I recently went to my local Walmart to purchase some American Breakfast tea and was happy to find that it was available there in 3 different varieties easily found in the tea aisle. Being the tea lover that I am I had to try a box each of Black Tea with Honey, Black Tea with Lemon and Black Tea. Walmart is a great place to shop as the aisles there are always labeled so it is easy to locate the tea aisle in the grocery section without spending too much time wandering all over the store.
Making the shortbread cookies was about as easy as 1-2-3. With only 5 ingredients these are the perfect cookie to quickly prepare when time is of the essence. I always gather all of my ingredients first which makes the process even easier.
American Breakfast Shortbread Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 Tablespoon American Breakfast Black Tea with Honey, crushed (about 2 full teabags full)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and thoroughly butter the bottom of an 8 inch square pan. Set aside.
Put the butter and ground tea in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well combined and creamy. This takes 1-2 minutes. Add sugar and beat until combined. Add flour and salt and beat again until just combined. The mixture will be crumbly.
Transfer the dough to the prepared pan and press down with fingers to make an even layer that covers the pan completely. I use wax paper to keep the dough off my fingers and in the pan. This works like a charm and keeps the mess to a minimum which is always an added bonus. Bake until the edges are just golden and cookies are still a bit soft, about 30 minutes. Once removed from oven, use a fork to make perforated lines down into the dough to form 16 square cookies. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
Loosen edges with a sharp knife and slide cookies out onto a flat surface. Cut or break into individual cookies and serve warm or at room temperature with a steaming cup of American Breakfast tea.
How can this not be a winner of a recipe? The other thing that I love about Bigelow and this product is the fact that Bigelow has sent almost 4 millions bags of tea to troops overseas with their Tea for Troops program. For more information about this wonderful program please feel free to click here to learn more. To follow Bigelow Tea on Facebook please click here and to follow on Twitter please click here.
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Great recipe! Thanks. I also love tea (as you know). What a great assortment at WalMart.
Thanks, Darlene! I have to admit they really do have a massive selection of teas there. I don’t shop there often so this was kind of a surprise to see how many they actually carried and so many Bigelow types that I had never tried before.
Well…all I can say is yum! Combining two things I love – tea and shortbread – what could be better? I’m going to have to try this one. I’ll also have to add Bigelow tea to my Pinterest tea board. Thanks for the info.
Yay! Thanks! I am happy you liked this post! I had fun coming up with a way to use the tea and I must admit it got the two thumbs up from the hubby so that is a great testimonial. Plus they are so simple to make. I can see all kinds of ways to incorporate tea in things now. Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂
This is amazing Beth Ann! I cannot wait to try this recipe! I’m headed to Walmart today to get some Bigelow tea to make this!
Thanks, Amy! They are really good and so easy! That is another win, isn’ t it? Easy recipes are the best.
Back, 10 years ago, when I studied abroad in Ireland, I came home with a little obsession for Earl Gray tea. I cannot wait to try these cookies!!! What a neat idea! I bet they have some intense flavor!!
Earl Gray would be awesome in these! I was surprised at how much I loved them. Seriously—-I did not think I would be as enamored with them as I am but I am happy to share the obsession with all of you! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.
Using tea in a recipe. Now that’s unique.
They are so yummy! I will send you some! 🙂
Ah, that’s sweet.
I never would have thought to put tea in my cookies! What a fun recipe 🙂
Thanks so much, Donna. I had a lot of fun coming up with this recipe and getting it right. The good thing is that it is so simple!
It’s so cool you got to see where the tea is actually grown. I love tea but have never tried to cook or bake with it.
I think it is a seldom used ingredient but I plan to change the world with that! 🙂
This sounds delicious!
They are fabulous!!! Thanks for stopping by!
Hey, tea in my cookies would be great! Good idea, Beth Ann. And how neat that you got to see where the tea came from!!!
It is an amazing plantation and I had had it on my bucket list for years and was thrilled when the hubby took me there. 🙂
I am not a coffee drinker, but I LOVE tea. Lately this past year every more. Something about a hot beverage? And these bars – they look so easy!
They are amazingly easy and auch a great thing to have with a cupp!
Your love for tea is no secret and you have mentioned you like the color red. I smiled as I scrolled through the pictures that had red.
It’s interesting to note that 2 tea bags = 1 T (approximately). I bet the leaves baking in the mixture create a lovely taste especially eating it with tea or perhaps a warm cider or fruit drink. So many things have sea salt now: potato chips, chocolate and baking! I think you have a winner if you were to enter a contest. What a unique recipe!
Georgette, Thanks for the sweet comment. I measured out the tea and it was almost exact! The leaves are so finely crushed already that there was not much need to crush them much more to make the shortbread. Thanks again for the comment love.
Ever since I lived in England, I have tea-time sometime between 3:30 and 4:00. My day just isn’t right without it! But I’ve never cooked with tea. Great idea. Thanks.
There is something about afternoon tea that is so civilized or something! I love that you lived in England.
Beth Anne .. thank-you so much for sharing .. can’t wait to try the recipe. Next time I’m lucky enough to see you at a blogger’s event .. let’s compare notes on The Charlston Tea Plantation .. we were there about 3 months ago.
Awesome!!! Thanks so much for sharing that with me! I LOVED the tea plantation from start to finish and think it would be an amazing place to hold an event, don’t you? Of course I bought a teapot there for my collection and could have loaded up if I had not been flying. 🙂 I am sure they would have shipped but I decided to save some for another trip. Glad you liked the post—-I am excited to be able to do this to show my love of Bigelow! Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks for sharing the recipe. Looks teariffic.
It is! And you are as witty as always!
I love shortbread, but I’ve never known how to make it. Thanks for the recipe! Also, how cool is it that you got to visit Charleston and see how the tea is made. That must have been an amazing experience! #client
Janet–thanks so much for stopping by. The recipe is super simple and so good! I surprised myself with that one. 🙂 The tea plantation is amazing and I was so excited that I finally got to go there!
Yesterday was the 3rd trip to the store I went for tea bags and got all sorts of things except them.
What a great recipe for you. Love it!
Thanks, Val! Easy and yummy!
This sounds easy to make and good to eat. I may try it.
You might have to!
Those look good. I didn’t realize Wal-Mart has such a large selection of teas. A new one was built not too far from us, no I know what aisle to check out when I get there. 🙂
Yes—it is all very clearly marked! 🙂