In The Yule Log 365’s year-long quest to make one popular cookie from each of the 50 states, I drew ALASKA from the jar of the 50 possibilities. Hallelujah! I was excited to make Earl Grey Tea Cookies, first suggested by my dear friend, Lauren Vint. I found a recipe on “Alaska from Scratch,” and the same recipe was published on Alaska Dispatch News. I served the cookies with tea to my mother, my dad, and my sister. The vote was three thumbs up.
One stumbling block was the scraped vanilla bean. I admit that I thought a vanilla bean was like a coffee bean, and I would need to use a grater, like a coffee grinder. After research and a YouTube video, I figured out that a coffee bean is an elongated, thin pod that must be cut and scraped. The flavor beats vanilla extract. Mel’s Kitchen Cafe posted a YouTube video with simple instructions for scraping the pod. Amazing! (Obviously, my experience level is basic.)
We rolled the cookies in tablespoon-sized balls dipped in Turbinado sugar. The resulting butter cookie with a light tea flavor was amazing. We used the same dough, refrigerated and rolled with flour to 1/4 inch think, for a lemon frosted cookie. Both had delicious flavor, and the taste of each was distinct. I tested them on Jeremy, Roger, Lauren, and a few random students–all agreed that eating just one or two is impossible.