Today I had a bad, bad fever. I slept until 4:36 in the afternoon. So, in other words, that is why I haven’t posted any cookie recipes until now. I decided to go with the sick theme and put a cookie inspired by the best tea for your favorite invalid: Chamomile tea. It’s mild, calming, soothes anxiety, and makes you feel loved. So even if you’re not sick, you’ll absolutely love these cookies which pair perfectly with a piping hot mug of your best brew. (NOTE: You can grind the tea leaves in a small food processor or with a mortar and pestle. Just empty the tea bags into your blending machine of choice and presto!).
Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Earl Grey Tea Cookies
- Makes about 8 dozen
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 2 tablespoons finely ground Chamomile tea, (from about 8 bags)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 (8 ounce) sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
- Whisk together flour, tea, and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
- Put butter, sugar, and zest in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low; slowly mix in flour mixture until just combined.
- Divide dough in half. Transfer each half to a piece of parchment paper; shape into logs. Roll in parchment to 1 1/4 inches in diameter, pressing a ruler along edge of parchment at each turn to narrow log and force out air. Transfer in parchment to paper-towel tubes; freeze 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut logs into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Space 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Bake until edges turn golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.