Falls Tea Garden, LLC
P.O. Box 505
Great Falls, VA 22066
Laurie Bell - Chef & Educator
Great Falls Tea Garden
1) 2 tbs. Great Falls Tea Garden Peachy Green Tea, dry (or tea of your choice)
2) 2 oz. Slivered Almonds or ½ cup Almond Meal
3) 1 cup Flour
4) ½ tsp. Baking Powder
5) ¼ tsp. Salt
6) 4 oz. Unsalted Butter - softened to cool room temperature
7) 1/3 cup Sugar
1) Finely grind the dry tea in a spice grinder.
2) Finely grind the almonds in a spice grinder or food processor. (Be careful not to
over process or it will turn into almond butter.) Or use almond meal as is.
3) Combine ground tea, ground almonds, flour, baking powder and salt in bowl. Set
4) In food processor, beat butter briefly. Add sugar and beat to mix well. Add dry
ingredients and blend until just mixed and has somewhat formed a ball.
5) Turn out onto a piece of wax paper. Shape into a round to prepare for rolling.
6) Cover with another piece of wax paper and roll to desired thickness.
7) Cut into desired shape/s, place on baking sheet lined with parchment and bake
in preheated 325° oven and bake 20 to 30 minutes, depending on size and
thickness. Remove from oven. Let cool on baking sheet. Eat and enjoy!
1) The dough can be rolled into small balls (agate size) and pressed down with the
bottom of a glass that has been buttered and sugared or – the balls can be
pressed down with a fork – criss-cross style
2) Substitute your favorite flavor of tea and/or nuts in this recipe. (Try Great Falls
Peachy Green with Pecans, Spiced Fennel Chai with Almonds, or Great Falls
Grey with Walnuts, for example.) You may also substitute ¼ cup cocoa powder
for ¼ cup flour to make a chocolate chai or other chocolate flavored shortbread.
3) Or substitute the almond meal with 1/3 cup stone ground whole wheat flour or
stone ground cornmeal. (I buy these from the Country Store at the historic
Colvin Run Mill on Route 7 in Great Falls. They are ground on site.) Experiment
Left...Blooming Tea and Japanese Tea Pot
Center...Various Tea Blends
Right (or Bottom)...Blooming Tea in a Glass Tea Pot