How to Create a Friendship Tea Basket + Shortbread Cookie Recipe

By Shannon Gurnee
In Cooking with Redhead Mom
January 25, 2016

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I love to put together and give gift baskets to my family and friends. Recently, I decided to create a Friendship Tea Gift Basket and thought it would be great timing with the New Year! I love to enjoy tea with my best friend, especially when it’s Bigelow Tea. With the New Year, I’ve made it a goal to eat and live healthier, as well as take time for myself to relax more so I can be a better mom and wife. I’m looking forward to this New Year and how Bigelow Tea can be a part of it.

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I love the variety of flavors that are available from Bigelow Tea. In fact, I recently headed to Walmart and discovered a few flavors I hadn’t tried yet – Green Tea and Lemon Ginger. While at Walmart, I also picked up some of the ingredients I needed to make Homemade Shortbread Cookies – a perfect pairing with a cup of Bigelow Tea.

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Homemade Shortbread Cookies Recipe


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt


1 – In a bowl, use a hand mixer (or standing mixer) to beat the butter until it’s smooth and creamy. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract.

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2 – Mix in the flour and salt until incorporated.

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3 – Flatten the dough into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill the dough for at least an hour or until firm.

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4 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

5 – Flatten Shortbread Cookie Dough with hands until smooth. Use round cookie cutters to cut cookies out.

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6 – Put cookies on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes (setting 10 minutes at the minimum and checking often). Remove when golden brown.

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Serve with your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor and enjoy!

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Friendship Tea Gift Basket

Once your cookies are baked and cooled, it’s time to put together your Friendship Tea Gift Basket. Putting it together is super easy! Here is what you need:

  • Basket or gift bag. You’ll want to have something to hold all the goodies in that you makes it pretty to present to the person you’re giving it to.
  • Bigelow Tea. I like to include a variety of Bigelow Tea flavors in my gift basket. For this one, I included Green Tea and Lemon Ginger flavors.
  • Mug. What better way to enjoy Bigelow Tea than with a new mug! I love collecting mugs, so I feel like this goes perfectly with the Friendship Tea Gift Basket.
  • Homemade Shortbread Cookies. I love to pair foods with drinks and the Homemade Shortbread Cookies go perfectly with Bigelow Tea. You can put them in a treat bag or wrap them in plastic wrap and tie with string.

I love to drink Bigelow Tea and it definitely has a special place in my heart. I am looking forward to what the New Year has in store for my family and I and how Bigelow Tea can be a part of it.

What flavors of Bigelow Tea do you like to drink? What do you like to pair with a cup of your favorite flavored Bigelow Tea?

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

23 Responses to “How to Create a Friendship Tea Basket + Shortbread Cookie Recipe”

  1. Shortbread cookies are my favorite flavor of cookies. I would love to make some so thanks for the recipe! Your gift basket is so great. You are a great friend! [client]

  2. Cynthia R says:

    I love Shortbread cookies. I would include hot chocolate and marshmallows in my gift basket.

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    What an awesome gift idea this is. I would love to give one to my sister.

  4. That is such a cute little basket! Tea and cookies all around. Yay!

  5. Jeanette says:

    OHH can I be your friend? I am a huge cookie and Tea fan! This gives me a good idea what to give my sons teacher.

  6. Maggie Branch says:

    This is so cute! I became obsessed with different teas while I was pregnant with my son and the lemon ginger tea was one of my favorites since it helped sooth my stomach (and insane heartburn). I would love to be gifted one of these baskets.

  7. lisa says:

    I love tea. This is a great basket to give or get! I can’t wait to try the shortbread recipe too.

  8. I love the idea of adding homemade shortbread cookies to a tea basket! I know I’d love to receive this and can think of at least half a dozen friends who would too!

  9. This would be a wonderful gift for those on your list that you have no clue what to get them! Whats better than giving them something you would use/eat! Seems that homemade gifts have that extra special meaning too! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Aweee your riends are lucky! I have no skill in -putting things like this so I admire you.

  11. Melissa says:

    This is a great idea. I would love to make a basket like this for my daughter’s teacher.

  12. Britni says:

    I love the idea of a friendship basket. It is always good to let those people close to you how much you appreciate and care about them.

  13. I own a few varieties of Bigelow tea. They are one of my go-to store brands. I have never made shortbread cookies before but I sure enjoy eating them.

  14. This is a great gift basket idea. I love tea and cookies. I will have to try this shortbread cookie recipe.

  15. That is a really nice idea. I have always loved gift baskets because you can add a variety of things into them. Love that you made the cookies yourself too.

  16. Melissa says:

    I wish someone would give me a basket like this! I LOVE green tea the best with some fresh raspberries in it!

  17. Friendship tea basket sounds like an awesome idea! I have a friend who’s in love with tea this would be perfect gift for her.

  18. This would be so perfect to bring to the teacher’s lounge some morning at school drop off! I think I will do this on a cold snowy day the next time it snows here.

  19. rika says:

    Perfect gift basket.. Lemon cookie and tea? Yum! Perfect for cold winter time

  20. What a cute basket. I’ve got a lot of friends who will enjoy this.

  21. Krystal says:

    Those cookies look like sweet treats! I would love to recreate them. I always have Bigelow on hand! #client

  22. This looks like a perfect give for my gradmother, she loves tea and would be shocked I made this short bread cookie recipe for her. She loves tea and cookies!

  23. Kiwi says:

    A sweet basket indeed. If I had a friend that made this for me I would feel so loved!

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