Earl Grey & Lemon Thumbprint Cookies


You know what goes great with your afternoon cup of tea? That’s right, more tea! Also cookies.
Earl Grey and lemon is a combo that just works in my opinion, and I think it does so especially well in these cute little thumbprint cookies, balancing the tart flavours with the sweet, and providing an excellent jammy-to-crunchiness-ratio. And I think the little flecks of tea make them look extra pretty.

Additional bonus: They’re also great for 20-something (or any age, really) singles like me that want homemade cookies but don’t want to end up with half a box of stale cookies at the end of the week – just use the small batch recipe that’ll give you about six cookies. (And you have to invest maybe five minutes of actually working time on them.)

(P.S.: I tried to do a specific shape for the indents instead of just a generic round one, which kind of failed – now they just look interestingly shaped. I kind of like it though. Gives them an air of mystery?)

Earl Grey and Lemon Thumbprint Cookies (adapted from this recipe from Hungry Girl Por Vida)

Large Batch (makes about 30 cookies)
115 g (4 oz) butter
55 g (1/4 cup) sugar
125 g (1 cup) flour
50 g (1/2 cup) ground almonds
1 pinch of salt
5 tsp ground earl grey tea leaves
10 tbsp lemon marmalade

Small Batch (makes about 6 cookies)
22 g (1 1/2 tbsp) butter
10 g (2 tsp) sugar
25 g (3 tbsp+1 tsp) flour
10 g (5 tsp) ground almonds
1 tsp ground earl grey tea leaves
1 small pinch of salt
2 tbsp lemon marmalade

1. Preheat oven to 175C (350F). Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.
2. In a seperate bowl, stir together flour, almonds, earl grey and salt. Add to wet ingredients and mix until combined.
3. Form dough into a roll, wrap in foil and refrigerate for 30 minutes (or put in the freezer for 10).
4. Slice the dough into even portions. Roll each into a ball, flatten and make an indent in the middle. Fill with the marmalade. (For easier filling, warm the marmalade a bit first and then give it a good stir.)
5. Bake for around 15 minutes (or until the edges are slightly browned).

Posted in: Baking for one / Would you like a biscuit with that?


  1. These look delicious! I love the combination of earl grey and almonds. I need to make these with my next cup of tea!

    • Katinka says:

      Thanks, Sherri! :) Agreed, they work so well together! Let me know how they turn out for you if you end up making them!

  2. KAW says:

    I was looking for a faster-to-make thumbprint recipe than my current one, and this did not disappoint. I made some plum jam that I’ve been using in creative ways and this was perfect. I put some lemon zest in the cookie. Very tasty!

    • Katinka says:

      Yay, glad to hear they turned out well for you! :) And the plum jam sounds delicious, I might have to do a few experiments with different jams as well!

      • KAW says:

        I actually made these again, but I had a family member who can’t have caffeine to worry about this time, so I used 2.5t fresh rosemary instead of tea. Another very tasty cookie. I’m definitely going to make both versions again.

        • Katinka says:

          Amazing! I love the idea of switching it up with herbs instead of tea – thanks for the inspiration, I’ll definitely give that a try as well!

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