Monday, February 6, 2012

KANPE Tea Flavoured Shortbread Cookies

In the third grade, we made potpourri pouches as an arts and craft project at school. As twenty eight-year olds grabbed fistfuls of dried, scented flowers and stuffed them into colourful drawstring cloth bags, I remember thinking that I wasn’t a potpourri person. Not only was I worried that the flowers would spill out of the bag and make a mess (I was a pretty OCD eight-year old), I also disliked the artificially spicy-sweet scent of the dried flowers.

Even as a third grader, I knew flowers didn’t actually smell like that. Just like how I know teenage boys don’t actually smell like the gallons of Axe that they spray on themselves. Same goes for the girls that reek of perfume; really, one mist is all it takes to convince me that you smell nice. My favourite scent is definitely the soap and laundry detergent combination. It’s clean and classic. In fact, I think it’s downright sexy.

Other things that smell good without being too obvious are lily of the valley flowers, fresh from the garden; the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven; and KANPE Tea fromDavid’s Tea. I don’t even drink tea; I actually bought a couple tablespoons of the tea to make cookies as a present for a friend’s birthday. Her family had gotten her tea from David’s Tea as a gift, so to follow suit, I made KANPE Tea Flavoured Shortbread Cookies.

These cookies are phenomenal. They are rich and taste mysteriously of hibiscus, mango, and cinnamon. The cookies smell like butter while the tea itself is reminiscent of the potpourri pouch I made in third grade, but so much better.

Who needs smelling salts when there’s David’s Tea?

Happy nineteenth, T-! 

Click below for the recipe.

KANPE Tea Flavoured Shortbread Cookies

KANPE is an organization which “seeks to put an end to the cycle of poverty [in Haiti] by encouraging financial independence”. They’ve partnered up with David’s Tea to sell their own mix of tea, of which all profits go to KANPE. I am not being endorsed to promote anything; if you want to learn more, click here.

Yield: around two dozen cookies  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons KANPE tea (or your fruit tea of choice), finely ground (I ground my tea in a coffee grinder) 
  • ½ teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 300F (150C). In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer or wooden spoon, beat butter until creamy. Gradually beat in sugar and vanilla. Continue beating until well mixed, about 2 min. In a small bowl, using a fork, stir flour, tea, and salt until mixed. Using a wooden spoon, beat into the butter mixture just until combined. 

Using floured hands, pinch about 1 tbsp (15 mL) dough, then roll into a ball. Place on an oiled baking sheet at least 2 in. (5 cm) apart. Repeat. Bake 22 to 25 min. Store in an airtight container in a cool place up to 1 week or freeze up to 1 month.


  1. I love any flavor of shortbread, and I've been thinking about doing a chamomile shortbread for awhile but I have yet to get around to it. The cookies sound great. And I hate the smell of Axe.

  2. I also hate walking past Abercrombie and Fitch. I can't even go into the store. It gives me a headache.

  3. Oh, tea flavoured cookies, I love that.
    Love from Spain

  4. I love these! You take such lovely photos, too!

    Boys and gallons of Axe is never a good thing. I have an ex that used to practically bathe in Aqua Di Gio. I can't stand the stuff now!

  5. Ugh, I know what you mean. I've bought some clothes from there, usually on a mission to get in and get out. Honestly, I don't know how people work there! I mean, it's dark and loud and smells strongly.

  6. Ooh. What a fun idea. I've never thought of actually grinding up the tea and including it. And I'm with you on potpourri. I still have nightmares about my sock drawer smelling like that!

  7. Thanks for visiting me Kyleen! So nice to meet you and your lovely blog! Those cookies look and sound awesome! Oh and I hate pot pourri/ scented candles and love the fresh laundry and soap combo too :)

  8. I love how you compare the scent of potpourri to Axe on teenage boys. It's so true!!

  9. Haha, I had quite the collection of Axe when I was ~15. It's kind of sad that this company markets itself as being cool and sexy, but ultimately the only people who fall for their adverts are boys in the 12-16 age group. Talk about a company with a serious image problem :/

    I love the look of your shortbread cookies - there's a French tea company called Mariage Freres who make cookies like this with Earl Grey flavour, which are fantastic - if yours are anything close to those then I know I'd love them! :)

  10. Ohhh, kyleen, I love shortbread so much and yours look soo tasty it makes me drool :D And the giftbox is amazing!

  11. Completely agree on people's smells. I feel like I'm one of the few that isn't turned away by the normal smell of people. So you sweated a little. Big deal, I'm five feet away and I can't tell.

  12. What a cute box! That is a wonderful gift! =)


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