Tea Leaf Shortbread Cookies: A Get Out Inspired Recipe

Shortbread | Tea | These Tea Leaf Shortbread Cookies are inspired by Jordan Peele's Thriller Get Out and are the perfect tea time treat! 2geekswhoeat.comOne of the most anticipated movies for us this winter has been Get Out. The thriller directed by Jordan Peele (of Key and Peele) and produced by Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift which happen to be some of our favorite movies). The movie is equal parts thriller and commentary, which seems like a more modern reimagining of The Stepford Wives. After watching the trailer, we loved how the tea played an integral role. What goes better with tea than shortbread?

When creating the recipe for our Tea Leaf Shortbread, we played with the ideas of various teas. Green tea and oolong tea didn’t fit the upstate New York feeling. Earl Grey is delicious but is very common in shortbread recipes. We had some Golden Monkey Black Tea from Teavana and loved it’s caramel and cocoa notes, so we went with that. Initially, we wanted to use a deer head cookie cutter for these but found the dough to be too crumbly for the small details (if you know a trick for making your shortbread dough work with detailed cookie cutters, we want to hear it!).

In addition to this delicious recipe, we are giving away 2 screening passes to a preview of Get Out! The screening will be held on February 21st at Tempe Marketplace. The screening will start at 7 pm but the winners should arrive at 6:15 for check-in. The contest runs until February 20th. Enter below and good luck! Get Out Movie Poster

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Tea Leaf Shortbread: A Get Out Inspired Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 12-16 cookies depending on size of cookie cutter.

Serving Size: 1 cookie


  • 2 sticks plus 2 tbsp Salted Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 cup (scant) Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp loose black tea (we used Golden Monkey from Teavana)


  • With a mortar and pestle, grind tea until it is a fine powder.
  • Combine butter and sugar. Whip with mixer until creamed.
  • Sift in flour and cornstarch and mix together using a pastry cutter until combined.
  • Form dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 20 minutes.
  • While dough is cooling, preheat your oven to 325.
  • Roll dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut into rounds.
  • Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until cookies have a faint golden hue.
  • Allow to cool and serve with tea.
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Shortbread | Tea | These Tea Leaf Shortbread Cookies are inspired by Jordan Peele's Thriller Get Out and are the perfect tea time treat! 2geekswhoeat.com


13 thoughts on “Tea Leaf Shortbread Cookies: A Get Out Inspired Recipe

  1. I love the Gift also, it’s one of my favorite! Nothing like a good, psycho horror movie! In the preview I saw the tea cup… just like yours! wow! Nice shortbread cookies with the black tea touch… interesting!

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