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Orange spiced tea cookies

Orange spiced tea cookies combine the flavor of tea with citrus in this lovely slice and bake cookie recipe.

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Orange spiced tea cookies are a delicate dessert packed with flavor. Today I started with Good Earth’s Sweet & Spicy herbal and black tea then incorporated it into this slice and bake cookie to create orange spiced tea cookies. The bold flavors of cinnamon and orange are highlighted in this herbal tea and both flavors transfer well to baked goods.

I increased the orange with the addition of some orange zest and juice while adapting a tea cookie recipe from Krystina Castella’s book, Crazy about Cookies (page 119). The aroma in the kitchen when these cookies were baked was almost as much of a treat as eating the cookies! The orange and spices were a bright scent, one that I hope to recreate again. This is a simple orange spiced tea cookie, perfect to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.

Tea cookies are perfect for wedding showers, baby showers, graduation parties, or Mother’s Day. Need more dessert recipes? Try these Lavender Shortbread Cookies or Maple Cookies.

Yield: 30 cookies

Orange spiced tea cookies

Orange spiced tea cookies

Recipe adapted from Crazy about Cookies, page 119. Recipe by Krystina Costella.

Prep Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 TB tea (I suggest 2 tea bags of Good Earth's Sweet and Spicy herbal and black tea)
  • 1 stick butter (8 TB)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons orange zest
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice


  1. Combine the flour, salt, and tea. Tea from tea bags should be ground finely and won't need additional processing. Loose tea leaves may need to be ground before adding to the dry ingredients.
  2. In a stand mixer (or using a hand held mixer) cream the butter and sugars together until light. Add the zest and orange juice. Mix until well blended.
  3. Make a log shape with the dough, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice cookie dough in 1/4 inch slices. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 57Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Thursday 3rd of April 2014

Those look SO GOOD. I am someone who is solidly in the coffee flavored dessert camp but quite a few of you have me second guessing that!

Holly F

Friday 4th of April 2014

Oh dear, now that you've mentioned coffee flavored desserts my mind is going in that direction...yum!

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

Friday 21st of March 2014

What a creative and delicious looking cookie recipe. I love citrus food. Pinned.


Thursday 20th of March 2014

I really enjoy all the different teas but I seem to make coffee more often. These lovely cookies will give me an excuse to get the tea for these cookies and then have it around to enjoy in the afternoons instead of coffee.

Felice/All That's Left Are The Crumbs

Wednesday 19th of March 2014

I love how you can see the little pieces of orange and tea in your cookies. I also love the smell of cookies baking, but these take it to a whole new level.

Sophia Remer

Wednesday 19th of March 2014

Oh man these sound delicious! Your description of the aroma the cookies made was inspiration enough to give these a try! I'm a total tea fanatic, so any cookie that goes with tea (let alone has tea in it) is fantastic in my book. I loved this month's theme! :D

Holly F

Wednesday 19th of March 2014

I thought it was a great theme too! What a great bunch of cookies!

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