This is the third in my series of hot drink inspired and flavoured baked goods. (I have also recently made tea infused cupcakes with honey icing and hot lemon and honey mini cakes). This series, let me just add, was entirely unplanned and unintentional.
I made these a few weeks ago as part of Fairtrade Fortnight with fairtrade tea and fairtrade chocolate, but they are an absolute hit and I simply had to share them. For a start, they are adorable. But they are also delicious. It is way way too easy to eat about six in a row, washed down with a big mug of tea, of course.
While we’re here- just a tiny bit about fairtrade. It’s so so so important and also much easier to support than you would think. Did you know that all Sainsbury’s tea and coffee is fairtrade? I did not until about two weeks ago. Tesco, Waitrose and M&S also all sell fairtrade coffee and tea. Sainsbury’s and Waitrose’s bananas are fairtrade. So is all Cadbury chocolate. It’s almost definitely easier and cheaper than you think!
Anyway, these biscuits are easy and quick to make- perfect for a Saturday afternoon cup of tea!
Tea Flavoured Teabag Biscuits
250g plain flour
2 tablespoons tea leaves- about two teabags worth
1/2 teaspoon salt
Begin by beating the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt and tea, then add to the butter and mix well to ensure everything is combined. Roll the dough into two balls and refrigerate for about 20 minutes. Don’t leave it in the fridge too long or it will be impossible to roll out!
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough. Then, cut it out. In the unlikely event that you have a teabag shaped cookie cutter, definitely use that! If not (like me) use a teabag as a template and cut around it with a knife. This is a bit more time consuming but it does the trick. While you are doing this, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius.
Place the biscuits on a lined baking tray and bake for about 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden brown and crisp.
For the chocolate decoration:
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. When the biscuits are completely cool, spread a little chocolate over the lower half of each one and leave to set.
Dunk in a cup of tea and devour!