Tea Cookies

These bite-sized cookies are perfect for having with tea.

(Psst, coffee is all right too.)

They taste wonderful and are very, very simple to make.

I like to prepare them when my sugar craving strikes out of the blue. Or when friends call unexpectedly saying they will come soon.

These cookies just save lives.

Here’s the list of ingredients.

1. To make your own Tea Cookies, first preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.


2. Sift the flour and sugars into a larger bowl.

3. Add the softened butter, two egg yolks and lemon zest…

4. …and use pastry cutter or just a plain fork to turn the ingredients into a crumbly mixture.


5. Then use your hands to form a ball.

Like this one.

Though creating a face is not necessary.

But it helps.


But it really does.

Kidding again!


Now I’d like to tell you this: Please, be patient when you find yourself in the phase in-between the crumbs and the dough ball. It only takes patience and trust that those crumbs will eventually come together. Give it five minutes or so and you’ll see success!

6. Place the dough ball on a very, very lightly floured surface.

This dough is almost not sticky at all so you really need very little flour, if any.

And besides that, the more flour you’d be using the firmer the cookies would get. And we don’t need that.


7. Using the palms of your hands, roll the dough until you form a log which is about 1.5 inches (3.5 cm) wide in diameter.


8. Then cut the log into about 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick rounds.

9. Place the rounds onto the sheet and bake in the preheated oven (350 °F – 175 °C) for 10 minutes.

The cookies should still be very pale in color when baked.

10. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Enjoy, dear friends.

(This recipe makes about 30 cookies and will take you about 40 minutes to make.)

20 thoughts on “Tea Cookies

  1. 1
    Apicius' Apprentice says:

    I don’t know what I love more: the simplicity of the recipe or the cuteness of the teacup!

  2. 2
    Young Wifey says:

    These look wonderful! Great photography too

  3. 3
    Dena says:

    Well done again! Love your stuff. D

  4. 4
    tofugirl says:

    I love your teacup, but I REALLY love your dough ball face. It reminds me of Jack Skellington (appropriate for this season).

  5. 5
    amy says:

    1. These look delicious!

    2. Your “kidding” comment makes me think of something I’ve been saying lately. “I’m kidding. I’m not lying, but I am kidding!”

  6. 6
    elf says:

    You have such cute teacup!

  7. 7
    Tes says:

    This is the cutest post! The recipe seems simple and the teacup’s so beautiful!

  8. 8
    crustabakes says:

    LOL. i love the face! very cute!

  9. 9
    Sue says:

    Love the dough ball:)

  10. 10
    Kristina says:

    I can’t get over how bright orange your yolks are. Are they really that color or was it from color enhancement?

    • 10.1
      ZoomYummy says:

      Hi Kristina! These were rich in color but not as much as in the picture. I guess the color boost might have something to do with it. Mystery solved! 🙂 Petra

  11. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Oh cookies! Nice easy sounding recipe, you actually will quickly make these up before someone arrives. Nice, your guests must always feel honored, I know I would.

  12. 12

    I love how you photographed the cookies with the teacup, it’s so adorable! You are such a great photographer.

  13. 13
    Moniqe says:

    Thanks. The garlic rolls I made tasted great. My family really liked them.

  14. 14

    Yum. I love cookies… I usually put all the dough together to make one massive cookie.

  15. 15
    Sherri says:

    I just pulled these out of the oven and they are fantastic. I just didn’t have dried lemon zest so I used fresh. These are staying in my recipe book, thanks so much! :o)

  16. 16
    Stefanie says:

    I made these today! Recipe is really easy, it took a long while for the dough to come together properly but I guess that’s because I made some changes to the recipe (I just can’t leave well enough alone…): I added half a cup of cocoa powder, just to see what the cookies would turn out like if I did. (answer: not very sweet. I was afraid of this, but I figured I’d just try. I covered them in melted white chocolate to counter it a bit. That made them really good.)

    Also, just saying, making a face in the doughball is totally necessary if you want the cookies to turn out yummie and delicious. Without a doubt. (I made a face, then made a little sun, then had some fun while trying to make the ball into a log… It’s better than playdough.)

  17. 17
    Jennifer says:

    Really nice photography- the cookies look sooo buttery and crumbly… I’m going to replace the lemon zest with some chai or cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.. maybe some other kind of tea as well.. oh the possibilities! 🙂 I love how your egg yolks and butter look beautiful and golden, like they came from happy pastured animals. What kind of eggs and butter do you buy?

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