Although I have been a staunch coffee drinker for about 20 years, this winter and spring I have started drinking tea in the afternoons and evenings. Where coffee invigorates and heightens, tea centers and soothes. Perhaps this has something to do with my grandmother, who has always been the greatest lover of tea I know, and who has invariably had the same calming affect on me that tea does. There is something about the rattle and whistle of a kettle, the hot water soaking the tea leaves, the way a hot ceramic mug feels when clutched between two hands, and the fragrant steam of a steeping cup that altogether sets the world aright again.
Lately, my go-to afternoon beverage of choice has been a London Fog – a homemade cup of floral Earl Grey, a splash of mellowing vanilla, and a copious glug of cream. There hasn’t been a day so far this month that I haven’t enjoyed one. Those daily pick-me-ups are the inspiration for these delightfully chewy, crackly vanilla bean sugar cookies scented with Earl Grey tea leaves. They are subtle and beautiful and comforting the way lingering long over a cup of tea should be.
You can also find this recipe for Earl Grey Cookies in Alaska Dispatch News. One reader emailed me this review:
Yummmm! I made the cookies and they are definitely a keeper. My son and I thought they were delicious.
By the way….I read your column all the time and have tried various recipes, but this one is my favorite.
Marty from Anchorage, Alaska