Thai Tea Shortbread Cookies

Thai Tea Shortbread Cookies

If you’re familiar with me you know I’m a tea drinker and my love of Chai. Funnily enough, my other favorite type of tea is just one letter different and that’s Thai tea. Now, in some ways its very similar. It’s a black spiced tea as well. However, I think Thai tea has a much stronger vanilla taste, and it also just has a certain flavor in it that I don’t know what it is, but it’s what makes it taste so wonderful.

When I buy it, I buy the good stuff that the Thai restaurants use. The packaging is not in English, so I’m guessing it’s Thai but that seems very uneducated to assume? It’s a big bag of loose leaf tea that makes a LOT of servings, so that is great. If you’re adverse or sensitive to them, there’s a lot of orange food coloring in it. I’m sure I could find some without it, but honestly it just wouldn’t be the same at that point.

So while I’m happy as a clam just enjoying my thai tea on it’s own, I wondered if there were other ways to enjoy that flavor. A cookie was my first thought for a vehicle because they are sweet and it’s a tea best enjoyed sweetened. I decided on shortbread as the main flavor in a shortbread is kind of a buttery vanilla, which wouldn’t take away from the flavor of the tea. Something like a chocolate chip cookie base would probably have too many competing flavors and muddle them all.

The result was perfect. You could both bite into one and know it was definitely shortbread, and also definitely thai tea. Perfection if you ask me.

Thai Tea Shortbread Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Print Rate
Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 20 minutes
Total: 2 hours


  • 187 g AP Flour
  • 64 g Cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup Unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Ground Thai Tea
  • 2 1/2 tbsp water
  • 100 g Granulated sugar
  • pinch table salt


  • Take loose leaf Thai tea and grind with pestle and mortar down to a fine powder. Use a fine mesh strainer to remove any larger pieces. Do not skip this, you do not want these big bits that are hard, as they will get stuck in your teeth or add an unpleasant texture to the cookies.
  • Sift flour and cornstarch together at least once into a small bowl and add in pinch of salt.
  • Add tea and 2 ½ tbsp water in the bowl of stand mixer, or bowl big enough for hand mixer. Add in softened butter and cream until combined. After combined, add in vanilla and sugar until mixed.
  • Add in flour and mix until dough just comes together. Remove dough and place on parchment paper. Shape into a log form, either cylindrical or squared off (or any shape really). Using the sides of the parchment can be helpful in getting shape. Once dough is formed, wrap in plastic wrap (I wrap the plastic wrap around the parchment as well). Chill dough for at least one hour, but up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Remove dough from refrigerator and slice into quarter inch slices. Place onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 18 minutes for slightly softer (but still firm) shortbread or 20-22 min for more crisp shortbread.
    1. Hi Irma! I’m assuming you mean when I stated to add in the butter. I actually meant to cream in the butter, there isn’t any cream in the recipe 🙂 Hope that helps!

  1. James says:

    5 stars
    When I looked over the few Thai Tea Cookie recipes online, I knew straightaway that this was the one to go with. And Tiffany proved me right! Her attention to detail is exceptional and left me with no big questions. In the end, these were a massive hit for friends. The cookies were gone in about 3 minutes!

    And here’s the Thai tea I found that a local restaurant uses: https://a.co/d/0XVV3Rn As of this writing, Amazon sells a 1-pound bag for just $8.49 — that’ll last forever!

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  3. Parker says:

    I just made these for the first time, they’re terrific!! I’ve just got two questions.
    If I wanted to punch up the spice flavor from the tea, could I just add a bit of star anise and cardamom?
    And do you have any suggestions for a glaze of some kind? I was thinking maybe just a dip in white chocolate.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed them Parker! I think those would be good additions, maybe even a pinch of pepper. I also think a white chocolate glaze would go nicely, maybe just dip half the cookie in though? That’s probably what I would try! I’d love to hear how it works out 🙂

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