butter … eggs … all-purpose flour … the good blackberry jam …
Wait. The good blackberry jam? As opposed to what, Kaela – the bad blackberry jam?
I balance my elbows on the edges of my shopping cart as I slowly roll down the aisle of my lovely grocery store and allow my inner monologue to judge morning kaela’s shopping list.
I tell myself I am dawdling, because the Earl Grey shortbread cookies just won’t be the same unless I’ve compared every jar of blackberry jam to determine which is the “good” blackberry jam.
I am not dawdling in order to make it more likely that David will have already awoken and walked the dog by the time I get back.
I am not hiding from the laundry list of things I should be accomplishing on a holiday.
I am not soaking in the air conditioning, recovering from a hot night’s sleep laying next to my feverish husband.
I am definitely not avoiding my sick husband, just because I have a root canal tomorrow and will be relying on clear nasal passages to keep breathing.
I am not giving bedroom eyes to the freshly ground peanut butter and deciding what the weekly limit is on batches of peanut butter cookies.
I am not already considering my excuses for what I will not accomplish today.
Nope. Just intent on finding the best damn blackberry jam Colorado has to offer.
Earl grey tea – black, loose whole leaf, fresh.
I stand in front of eight different tins of Earl Grey tea, picking up each one and inhaling. I look up to see somebody’s dad grabbing his coffee, raising an eyebrow, and judging me like I am some kind of black tea junkie.
Whatever, dude. I saw you grab that Folgers dirt my grandma insisted on drinking. Who is judging who here?
Still. I place the most fragrant tea in my cart and mosey on.
Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies with Blackberry Jam
I once saw a shirt that said “If there isn’t tequila in heaven, I’m not going.” That’s how I feel about shortbread. Maybe it’s my Scottish blood. Or maybe it’s just because there is nothing better on earth than butter. Either way. Heaven better have stockpiles of the stuff, because I also feel that any type of calorie limit should be left outside the pearly gates.
And these Earl Grey shortbread cookies have all the good stuff going for them:
- Earl Grey-infused and scented butter
- browned buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture
- crisp, crumbly topping
- puddles of sweet blackberry jam
- on-the-go treat potential
Read the notes in the recipe card on choosing your tea for these earl grey shortbread cookies. And don’t forget to make it the “good” blackberry jam.
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