Bake delicious shortbread cookies with Wild Blueberry White Tea

Shortbread Cookies
Cindy Vassell, owner of The Pickwick Society Tearoom in Frankfort, IL, has developed a special way to serve Octavia Tea … by baking it into desserts! One of her customers’ favorites is “Blueberry Shortbread Cookies,” made with Octavia’s Wild Blueberry white tea.

“We make the dough in double batches and freeze it. Then when we are really busy, we know we always have shortbread that can be baked within a half hour. The shop smells divine when these shortbread cookies are baking and they taste even better” explains Cindy.

Would you like to try for yourself?

Cindy is kind enough to share one of her favorite recipes with us:

Blueberry White Tea Shortbread:
1 cup granulated sugar
4 tbsp. Octavia Blueberry White Tea leaves
1 tsp. Salt
Pulse together in the bowl of a food processor until the tea leaves are pulverized.

2 cups of butter, softened
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Blend together with pulverized tea and sugar.

Then add:
1 cup powdered sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
Blend in an electric mixer on medium speed just until the dough is smooth.

Fold in:
½ cup chopped dried blueberries (optional)

Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and form into logs with flat/square sides. Wrap the log in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes or best if overnight.

Preheat oven to 350F. Slice cookies about ¼ -inch thick and place the slices on a parchment lined cookie sheet, about 1-inch apart.

Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are set and lightly browned around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes then use a spatula to transfer to a cooling rack. Let the cookies cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

NOTE: Cookies can be frozen for up to three weeks. Unbaked dough can be frozen up to three months.

Pickwick Society Tea Room

The Pickwick Society Tearoom is located at 122 W. Kansas Street in Frankfort, IL. Cindy keeps a large selection of Octavia Tea in stock. Please stop by and visit! Their website is www.pickwicktearoom.com.

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