Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Tea Bag Cookies

Impress your friends the next time you have them over for tea with these chocolate dipped shortbread tea bag cookies. Super easy recipe with step by step tutorial.

Impress your friends the next time you have them over for tea with these chocolate dipped shortbread tea bag cookies.

Although tea bag cookies are easy to make, they do require a bit of work….but they are just so cute that it’s completely worth it!

Prepare the shortbread dough, shape the cookies to look like tea bags, bake them, dip them in chocolate, add bakers twine or kitchen thread and labels to complete the look.

If you don’t have a tea bag cookie cutter (I don’t), cut the dough into rectangles with a knife and cut the top corners off. A real tea bag was used to measure the size of the rectangles.

Before baking, use a straw or decorating tip #5 to poke out a hole at the top of each cookie.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring frequently, until the chocolate is completely melted. You can use dark chocolate, milk or white.

To make the tea bag labels, print out mirror images of clipart, fold them, add glue to the inside of the tag and sandwich the string in between. You can find free printable tea bag labels on google or Pinterest.

Store the cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of days. You can also  make the cookies in advance, cut out the shapes and freeze them. Then when you need them, bake them from frozen.

Chocolate dipped shortbread tea bag cookies are plain delicious and make excellent gifts!

Impress your friends the next time you have them over for tea with these chocolate dipped shortbread tea bag cookies. Super easy recipe with step by step tutorial.
5 from 8 votes
Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Tea Bag Cookies
Prep Time:
1 hr 45 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 57 mins
Author: As Easy As Apple Pie
Course: Cookies
Servings:40 cookies

Impress your friends the next time you have them over for tea with these chocolate dipped shortbread tea bag cookies. 

  • 250 grams (2 cups + 1 tablespoon) all-purpose flour
  • 90 grams ( 3.2 ounces) cold unsalted butter diced
  • 85 grams ( 1/2 cup + 1/2 tablespoon) powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) dark chocolate
  • You will also need:
  • straw or skewer or a decorating tip number 5
  • kitchen string or bakers twine
  • custom tea bag tags
  • scissors
  • glue
  1. Place the butter and flour in a food processor and pulse until you have a sandy mixture.
  2. chocolate dipped shortbread tea bag cookies
  3. Transfer to a large bowl, add the icing sugar, egg, vanilla extract and salt.
  4. Mix the ingredients with your hands then turn the mixture onto a work surface and knead until you have a smooth dough.
  5. Wrap the dough with cling film and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
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  7. Place the chilled dough on parchment paper, lightly dust it with flour and roll it out with a rolling pin until is 5 mm thick (1/4 inch).
  8. Lay a tea bag down onto the dough for measurement and cut out rectangles using a knife.
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  10. Using again the tea bag for measurement, cut the top corners to give your rectangles a tea bag shape.
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  12. Use a decorating tip or a straw to poke a hole at the top.
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  14. Put the cookies in the fridge for 30 minutes and preheat the oven to 175 degrees C (347 degrees F).
  15. Bake for 11/12 minutes or until slightly golden then allow to cool at room temperature.
  16. Put the dark chocolate in a narrow container and microwave it in 30 second intervals, stirring frequently, until the chocolate is completely melted.
  17. Dip the tea bag cookies halfway in the melted chocolate and put them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or on a cooling rack. Place the cookie in the fridge for 10/15 minutes, until the chocolate hardens.
  18. Cut a piece of string (about 20 cm/ 9 inches long). Thread the string through the hole.
  19. Use a glue stick to cover the blank side of your tag. Place the two loose ends of the thread onto the sticky paper and fold it in half securing the two thread ends inside.
  20. Enjoy these cute tea bag cookies!

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Calories: 75, Fat: 3.5g, Saturated Fat: 2.2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 19mg, Carbohydrates: 9.9g, Sugar: 4.7g, Protein: 1.2g

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Impress your friends the next time you have them over for tea with these chocolate dipped shortbread tea bag cookies. Super easy recipe with step by step tutorial.

46 comments on “Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Tea Bag Cookies”

  1. These short bread cookies look so cute and bet they taste great dunked into a nice cup of tea. Love the little tea bag labels too πŸ™‚

  2. I don’t drink tea but I still think that these are very cute! I agree they would make a wonderful gift for a tea loving friend!

  3. Thank you for this lovely recipe – I was surprised (and pleased!) with how easy the dough was to handle. I wanted something special for the tea bag tags, so I designed a set inspired by Jane Austen’s novels.

    Thanks again!

  4. I was just wondering about how many cookies can be made out of a single batch? We are having a tea party at church and are going to make these for party favors.

  5. HI,

    Thanks for the awesome recipe. Im planning to make it tomorrow but I don’t have a food processor.

    It says to pulse the sugar and flour together in a food processor. Is there any other way? A mixer or blendeR?

    Kind regards,

    • Hi, Maj! You can do it by hand.Rub the butter and flour with your fingers until the mixture resembles sand. Let me know how it goes! πŸ™‚

  6. These look great. I want to make them for a baby shower. When you place the dipped cookies on the baking tray lined with parchment paper, does much of the chocolate stick to the paper? I understand it goes quickly in the refrigerator but am concerned about the ‘underside’ appearance. Also, do you use baker’s chocolate or dark chocolate candy bars? Thank you. I am looking forward to making these creative cookies.

    • Hi, Cathyann! No, the chocolate doesn’t stick to the parchment paper. πŸ™‚ I used dark chocolate bars.
      Let me know how it goes!

  7. The cookies were a hit at the baby shower (& by my dessert testers). Thanks so much for posting this recipe and the pictures.

  8. Hello! I was hoping to make these into lemon poppyseed cookies. Do you know if the liquid from the lemon juice will destroy the dough?

  9. Hi! I am very much looking forward to making these for my best friend’s bridal shower. Thank you so much for posting such a lovely recipe! I know you mentioned you can freeze the dough and bake fresh later. Is it possible to make the whole cookie (baked and with the chocolate dip) and freeze it that way? I’m just trying to prep in advance. Thanks so much!

  10. Four years ago I made 120 of this shape for a special take home treat for our annual historical society herb tea luncheon. They were a big hit and delicious. I ordered the cookie cutter and teacup shape also from I used Ina Garten’s recipe and Ghiradelli chocolate bars . Your recipe is very similar. Just wanted to tell you they are a big treat for tea lovers. Five stars!

  11. Hi there these are awesome. I was just wondering how long these bickies keep untill they go soggy or change in texture? Thanks

  12. Trying these out for my daughter’s Tea Party themed first birthday party! If I make the dough a night in advance, can it sit in the fridge over night and be rolled out in the morning? Or, could I cut all the shapes out and let them sit in the fridge overnight and bake in the morning?

  13. Just wondering what 3.2 oz of butter converts to in tablespoons?
    Thanks, Lisa

  14. How can I get the tea bag labels made? I would prefer to pay someone to do this but I don’t know where to start.

  15. I’m having difficulty finding a link to print the tags. Can you assist? I’ve made the cookies, just trying to compete the tag part. These are for a Christmas Tea this weekend. Thank you.

  16. These cookies are not only cute but are delicious! I used them as favors for a luncheon on Valentines Day by placing cellophane wrapped cookies in guests’ tea cups. Your cookie was the crowning touch by which my friends felt very special. I just made them again today for a group tomorrow. They look intimidating but your recipe and instructions make it a fun project. Thank you!

  17. Hi I follow the directions but my dough just crumbs.Β 

  18. thankyou SO much for this gorgeous idea. I am making some for a fundraiser morning tea next week. Love your labels too Rebecca……

  19. Hi Looking forward to making these for my daughters 6th birthday Tea Party! Wondering how far in advance can I make and freeze these? Also, for some reason the clipart page isn’t working for me! Once I click on the image, Β the website doesn’t come up! Any specific string you suggest for the cookies? Thanks in advance!!!Β 

  20. Hi, the conversions seem off. I googled and 250 grams is 8.8 ounces, not 2 cups. Which measurements should I go by, the grams or cups you have listed?

    Thanks so much.

  21. Greetings from California! Super excited about trying these cookies! Thanks for sharing! Is there a current link to the printable tags? I tried one in a former post and it didn’t seem to work…thanks so much!

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