Sweet Tea Glazed Shortbread Cookies.

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Sweet (or Sorta Sweet or Unsweetened) Tea. Don’t those words just conjure up so many thirst-quenching summer visions?

When I discovered that Snapple® Straight Up Tea™ had new varieties – Sorta Sweet Honey Green Tea and Rooibos, I knew I couldn’t wait to kick off summer with them. With all-natural ingredients and no artificial anything, AND the three levels of sweetness of Straight Up: Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea, AND these two new varieties, I can’t find just one favorite.

Funny thing about me, is that I didn’t fall in love with tea until my 30’s, which is now! And what did I fall in love with? Snapple®. It conjures up visions of summers past and then dreams of summers still to come. I think about effortless entertaining, and we do a lot of entertaining around here, and how refreshed I feel with a bottle in my hand. There’s sleek new packaging on the original Snapple® Straight Up Tea™ varieties, and Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea Sorta Sweet Honey Green Tea and Rooibos are new and available now! This is the perfect time to kick off and celebrate summer in style.

I picked mine up at Stop & Shop in the beverage aisle:

With summer entertaining on my mind, I whipped up one of my favorite cookie recipes yesterday – for Sweet Tea Glazed Shortbread Cookies. Have you ever cooked or baked with cold tea? It can be a wonderful addition to cookie (or scones/muffins, etc.) recipes because of the complexity it adds to even a simple recipe. It’s subtle and versatile. If a recipe uses cream, milk, or water, I’ll see if it can benefit from using tea instead to ensure the sweet tea flavor is there.

You can serve the cookies with Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea:

Or even with a glass of cold milk!

The recipe I use for the shortbread cookies makes them soft-batch. I just love soft shortbread cookies. I also love them crumbly. I just love them. A subtle sweet tea glaze is the perfect addition to one of my favorite cookie recipes:

Sweet Tea Glazed Shortbread Cookies.

Prep Time: 50 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies

Sweet Tea Glazed Shortbread Cookies.

This easy recipe combines an easy and deliciously soft-baked shortbread cookie with a cold sweet tea glaze. Delicious.


  • For the cookies:
  • Circle cookie cutters (optional but I used them)
  • Lemon zest for the glaze (optional)
  • 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted, softened butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea - flavor of choice
  • 1/2 - 1 cup confectioner's sugar


  1. Beat together the softened butter and white sugar in a large bowl and then add in the vanilla.
  2. Add the flour, cornstarch and salt and beat on a low speed until it becomes dough.
  3. Knead the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Cool in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350.
  5. Roll out your dough until it's 1/2 inch thick or less. This is where you use your circle (or flower, or anything) cookie cutters.
  6. Bake on a baking sheet for 15-18 minutes. This needs watching!
  7. They are done when the edges start to lightly brown.
  8. Let them cool.
  9. In a small bowl, combine the tea with the powdered sugar until it thickens.
  10. Spoon over the cookies with the option to add lemon zest.
  11. Let them glaze dry, and then enjoy!

A few special notes about the recipe. I would not use margarine or a butter spread. I’d just use butter for that wonderful consistency and taste. If, when you’re making the dough, it seems dry or crumbly, you may have used too much flour, or your butter wasn’t soft enough. Add 1-2 tablespoons of more butter – SOFT butter, of course. Definitely pay attention to the thickness of the dough as you roll it out. Also pay attention to the baking. Personally I like to under-bake cookies a bit to make them softer. I pull them out just a minute or two early. You can also seal them not long after you pull them them out of the oven, after letting them cool. I’m a big fan of cookie recipe tips and tricks. It’s amazing how the little things matter.

Now you’re ready for your afternoon snack or your summer party!

Which variety of Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea are you most excited to try?

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    1. haha, no – just means you instantly put them in Tupperware (Hey, do you have any of that??) or plastic wrap so they’re not drying out much in the air.

      1. How embarrassing! I should have known this. I have a little bit of Tupperware, yest! 😉 If you ever want to earn some free I can give you the hook-up!

  1. What a combo! Thanks for the recipe, Tamara. I am not a big shortbread fan, but my daughter loves to bake, so we will give it a go.

    1. I can’t believe it! Only because we have so many comforts in common and one of mine is chocolate dipped shortbread. Mmmm…
      I love that your daughter loves to bake.

  2. You are not going to believe this, but I just bought some of these sweet teas when I went shopping and guess what am not going to use them for?? Your cookies!! Seriously thank you from the bottom of my sweet tooth 😉

  3. Adding tea to the glaze sounds yummy 🙂 I like tea but I usually only drink it hot However, I wouldn’t mind trying the rooibos tea.

  4. Being a good Southern gal, I drink sweet, iced tea all year round. I didn’t know Snapple made tea. I will have to check it out…right after I make the cookies.

  5. I love this. I don’t like really sweet tea and opt not to drink bottled teas or water them way down. I’m glad that there are now options that don’t make it hard for me to grab something on the go!

  6. Yum, those cookies look so, so good. I am kind of a cookie-a-holic. Not really interested in recovery though, I will just happily go ahead and keep loving them 🙂

  7. Like you, I didn’t get into tea until way later, I’d say probably in my late 20s. That’s so cool Snapple makes those drinks! Love the packaging especially.

    1. I have no idea what made me make the switch. It happened with lemonade too! I really love the packaging.. as you can tell by my photos!

  8. I have not seen those teas yet! I have to look for them. I would never have though to make a glaze out of it…what an awesome idea! I have to try these for our family!

  9. These cookies sound amazing! I had a discussion with a friend of mine fro GA about sweet tea vs southern sweet tea and she thought I was crazy that I prefer unsweetened!

  10. Ooohhhh! I’m intrigued! I’ve often used the milk/powdered sugar glaze for my cookies, but I love the idea of giving the glaze a slightly different flavor by using other liquids!

  11. These cookies sound just perfect to go with tea! I am a coffee in the day and a tea in the evening kinda girl. And I like my ice tea sorta sweet. I brew it in a wine carafe in a sunny spot on my back porch — delicious! Add a slice of lemon and just a bit of organic sugar. It’s a glass of sunshine!

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