Camomile Tea & Lemon Shortbread

Camomile tea and lemon shortbread biscuits - Domestic Gothess I have been meaning for quite some time to try baking with tea, I mean I love to drink it, so why not eat it too? Admittedly I mostly just drink standard black tea (English Breakfast, with milk, no sugar, about four cups a day; in case you were interested.), and although I have a cupboard full of herbal teas I rarely stray away from my usual; although I am partial to the occasional cup of Earl Grey or chai. I tried to like green tea because I know it’s good for me, but I just couldn’t do it; even the flavoured ones had to be forced down… I do try and refrain from drinking caffeine after about 5pm though, so if I fancy a hot drink in the evening I go for camomile tea (or hot chocolate or hot spiced milk).

Chamomile tea and lemon shortbread cookies - Domestic GothessCamomile is widely used for is relaxing properties and to aid sleep and is delicious sweetened with a little honey. I thought that it would work well in some simple, buttery shortbread biscuits, paired with a bit of lemon zest. It is a very delicate flavour, but takes the shortbread beyond being a simple biscuit to something a little more refined and elegant. Needless to say, they didn’t last long, and went perfectly with a cup of tea (camomile or otherwise).

Chamomile tea & lemon shortbread cookies - Domestic GothessShortbread is incredibly simple to make, and really doesn’t take long at all; it is important to chill the biscuits well before you bake them though, as this ensures that they are crisp and stops them from spreading in the oven. I add a little cornflour to mine, which gives them a lovely melt in the mouth texture. I just cut open a couple of camomile tea bags to get the tea leaves, make sure that it is finely ground stuff though – you don’t want big bits in your biscuits.

Camomile tea & lemon shortbread biscuits - Domestic Gothess

Camomile Tea & Lemon Shortbread
 
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Makes: 30
Ingredients
  • 225g (2 sticks) softened butter
  • 110g (1/2 cup + 1 tbsp) caster (superfine) sugar plus extra for sprinkling
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • The contents of 3 camomile tea bags (about 4 tsp), make sure it is finely ground tea
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 225g (1 + ¾ cups + 2 tbsp) plain flour
  • 110g (3/4 cup + 2 tbsp) cornflour (cornstarch)
Instructions
  1. Whisk the butter and sugar together in an electric mixer until pale and fluffy then cut open the tea bags and tip in the loose tea leaves ( make sure they are finely ground). Add the lemon zest and salt and whisk to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and cornflour then add it to the butter mixture and mix until it forms a dough; shape into a ball.
  3. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 5mm thick. Cut into whatever shapes you like and place on two baking trays, prick each biscuit several times with the tines of a fork. Place the trays of biscuits in the freezer for about 15 minutes (or for at least 30 mins in the fridge), while you heat the oven to 170C/325F/gas mark 3.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until just golden around the edges. Leave to cool on the trays for a couple of minutes then transfer to a wire rack, sprinkle with sugar and leave to cool completely.

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50 Comments on Camomile Tea & Lemon Shortbread

  1. The Free From Fairy
    May 15, 2015 at 11:40 am (2 years ago)

    They look divine and I love the photos! Simply stunning x

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 10:48 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 12:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚ My garden is full of bluebells at the moment, they make great props!

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  2. Jhuls
    May 15, 2015 at 7:33 pm (2 years ago)

    English breakfast tea is the first tea I learned to love. I haven’t taken it in quite a while as I turned into green tea and I am taking at least 5 cups a day amd sometimes, I reach 7 cups. πŸ˜€ These sound fabulous, Hanna! Gorgeous photos as usual. Happy FF! πŸ™‚

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 12:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Wow! 7 cups a day! You must be very healthy πŸ™‚ I wish I could make myself like green tea…

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  3. weebirdie
    May 15, 2015 at 8:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I drink all sort of teas, love green tea as you can imagine. I used Earl Grey and normal black tea in my baking, but I haven’t tried camomile tea! Interesting! πŸ™‚

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 12:28 pm (2 years ago)

      It is quite a subtle flavour, but very delicious πŸ™‚

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  4. Suchitra
    May 15, 2015 at 9:22 pm (2 years ago)

    How clever of you to flavor the biscuits with tea!! What a nice idea. I am sure they tasted great!

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚ They were delicious!

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  5. tentimestea
    May 16, 2015 at 2:56 am (2 years ago)

    You’re so right; these look incredibly delicate, elegant and refined–the crimped edges make them so pretty, and the flavours sound perfect together!

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 12:31 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  6. Sneaky Veg
    May 16, 2015 at 1:57 pm (2 years ago)

    What absolutely beautiful photos! I often make tea bread, which is quite a heavy loaf made with dried fruit soaked in tea. I’ve never thought to make anything with camomile tea though. #bakeoftheweek

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 12:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Mmmm I like tea bread, haven’t had any in ages though

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  7. Laura
    May 16, 2015 at 6:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Camomile tea is one of my favourites, I can’t sleep without a little cup before bed! I think camomile shortbread sounds delicious!

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  8. Loretta
    May 16, 2015 at 7:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Gorgeous cookies with those unusual ingredients, loving your photos too πŸ™‚

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  9. GFLife247
    May 16, 2015 at 10:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh wow, these are beautiful. I like your idea to use camomile for this treat too. Thanks for sharing, and have a fabulous weekend. πŸ™‚

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  10. Sushma Balasubramanian
    May 17, 2015 at 11:04 am (2 years ago)

    wow.. these looks so refreshing and inviting.. Glad that you shared it on FF.. Got a sneak peak.. πŸ˜‰

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  11. eatmunchlove
    May 17, 2015 at 6:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I love camomile tea such a light and floral flavor. Thanks for sharing it on FF!

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  12. Selma's Table
    May 17, 2015 at 10:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Lovely idea to use the camomile leaves in the biscuits – and lovely photos too! Happy Fiesta Friday!

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 5:37 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Selma πŸ™‚

      Reply
  13. grannydeez
    May 18, 2015 at 1:37 am (2 years ago)

    These sound divine, camomile and lemon. I have found the only green tea I can drink is Nerada organic.

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 5:39 pm (2 years ago)

      I don’t think we have that brand in the UK πŸ™ I probably just need to try a few different brands to find one I like…

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      • Jeni
        November 23, 2016 at 6:46 pm (11 months ago)

        We sell strawberry Green tea which is lush!

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  14. Coombe Mill
    May 18, 2015 at 8:59 am (2 years ago)

    I’m sold just on the photos, they are so dreamy and feminine

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 5:40 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! There are so many bluebells around at the moment – they make great props! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  15. bakeplaysmile
    May 18, 2015 at 10:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Thoe photos have me drooling! What a great flavour combination!

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 5:43 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  16. Zamamabakes
    May 19, 2015 at 5:35 am (2 years ago)

    Oh these sound delicious and just what I need this week, something to calm. Loving the flavour combo.

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  17. Elena
    May 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm (2 years ago)

    First off, I love shortbread and camomile tea but 10 minute prep time? Sold!

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 6:10 pm (2 years ago)

      Ha ha! I love making shortbread – so quick and easy πŸ™‚

      Reply
  18. Helen at Casa Costello
    May 19, 2015 at 2:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Your pictures have inspired me to try camomile – I’m normally a super strong tea girl, almost black and so strong your spoon can stand up in it! That shortbread is perfectly pretty! Thanks so much for being such a great part of the #Bakeoftheweek crew x

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 9:35 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Helen πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  19. ciaraattwell
    May 19, 2015 at 9:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Beautiful! Gorgeous photos and styling as always

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 9:37 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      Reply
  20. patisseriemakesperfect
    May 20, 2015 at 2:27 pm (2 years ago)

    These look so good Hannah. I love baking with tea and these look so delicate, I imagine they’re very tasty. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 9:41 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Angela πŸ™‚ This is the first time I’ve tried baking with tea (other than soaking fruit in it), and I’m hooked! x

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  21. lucyparissi
    May 20, 2015 at 3:56 pm (2 years ago)

    So pretty and delicate and lovely flavours! Plus you have reminded me to ‘borrow’ a teapot when I get to Greece – think my mum has that exact one in your photos : )

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    • hannahhossack
      May 20, 2015 at 9:39 pm (2 years ago)

      Ha ha! I ‘borrowed’ mine (and several other things…) from my parents :p x

      Reply
  22. patisseriemakesperfect
    May 21, 2015 at 9:17 am (2 years ago)

    Love the teapot and the props in these pictures. They’re framed beautifully and the shortbread looks so buttery rich and delicious. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

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  23. Dee @ Master Chefette
    May 22, 2015 at 4:58 am (2 years ago)

    Yummo! Absolutely love the idea of using camomile in a recipe! Beautiful photography too πŸ™‚

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    • hannahhossack
      May 27, 2015 at 6:01 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚ I think I might like eating tea even more than I like drinking it!

      Reply
  24. Misplaced Brit (@Misplaced_Brit)
    May 30, 2015 at 6:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Delicious, refreshing, flavourful, luxurious little biscuits!
    …You’ve done it again! Pinning; tweeting; lots of fellow blogger love x

    Thanks for linking up with #TastyTuesday πŸ™‚

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    • hannahhossack
      June 1, 2015 at 9:42 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Steph! x

      Reply

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