Recipe ~ Shortbread flavored with Earl Grey Tea & Pistachios

Shortbread with Earl Grey Tea and Pistachios
Shortbread with Earl Grey Tea and Pistachios

Yield:  30 pieces
Preparation time:  20 minutes + 1 hour chilling time
Cooking time:  15 minutes
Main Ingredient:  tea and pistachios

Ingredients:

115 gm butter, softened
40 gm. icing/confectioners sugar
150 gm. plain/all-purpose flour
1 tbsp finely ground good-quality Earl Grey tea leaves
½ tsp salt
1 tsp lemon zest (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup pistachios, chopped (you can substitute nuts of choice or omit completely for a plainer but still flavorsome cookie)

Instructions:

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and icing sugar until pale and fluffy.

Add the flour, vanilla, ground tea leaves,salt and zest and combine
Blend in pistachios until just combined.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.

Preheat the oven to 180°C fan bake. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.

Lightly flour a surface and roll out the dough to a ½ cm thickness. Using a cookie cutter of your choice, cut out as many cookies as possible.

Place on the baking sheets approximately 3 cm apart.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes until the bottoms are just golden.

Let the cookies cool and firm on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Store in a cool, dry place in an airtight container for up to a week.

Recipe ~ Three Mini Cheesecakes

fruit cheesecakes mini
Cherry/Blueberry Mini Cheesecakes with Vanilla Wafer crust
choco cheesecakes mini
Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes with Oreo Cookie crust
matcha tea cheesecakes mini
Matcha Green Tea-flavored Cheesecake with Shortbread crust

Ingredients

Cheesecake Base:
2 packages cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
1 teasppon vanilla
2 eggs

Toppings/crusts

For fruity Cheesecake:

Nilla wafers for crust
1 can blueberry or cherry filling

For chocoholic Cheesecake:

Oreos for crust and to crumble on top
Chocolate Pudding/milk for topping

For Matcha Cheesecake:

1 1/2 Tablespoons Match Green Tea Powder (Sold online)
1/2 recipe of Shortbread cookie for crust

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, and sugar with mixer.
  3. Place 1 vanilla wafer/oreo/cookie (if doing shortbread crust pre-bake for 10 minutes) on the bottom of each cupcake liner (make 18).
  4. Pour batter on top of cookie.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Chill then top with filling/pudding and oreo crumbs/whipped cream! YUM

 

Makes 18 mini cheesecakes.

 

Recipe ~ Hawaiian Shortbread Pie Crust

Just three ingredients is all you’ll need to make this shortbread crust. They are most likely ingredients that you already have stocked in your pantry, too! Flour, sugar, and butter. Just those three things make one of the most delicious crusts that is versatile for so many delicious desserts and sweet treats.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Mix together butter, flour, and confectioner’s sugar. Press into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan, a pie plate, tart pan, or other pan for your baking.
  3. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before filling.