Viennese Chocolate Tea Cookies

Yield: 2 ½ Dozen Cookies

2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature

¾ Cup Turbinado Sugar

¾ Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar

2 Eggs

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

2 Teaspoons Sweet Shoppe Seasoning

3/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Bean Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Pink Peppercorns

1/3 Cup Dark Cocoa Sugar (Optional)

These cookies make for a great coffee break in the middle of the day. They’re full of all the flavors you desire when you’re ready for a quick pick-me-up. While your guests will love them, these may be one of those things you want to tuck away and save for yourself. And the Dark Cocoa Sugar coating gives them a special crunch in each bite.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment. Cream together butter, turbinado, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs and extract and beat together until smooth.


In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, seasoning, salt, and pepper. Slowly add dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Stir to combine. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes. Form into 1½” balls. Roll each to coat with dark cocoa sugar, if using. 


Place cookies 2” apart on baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes until done.

MorningStar Kitchen Seasonings Featured in this Recipe
Click on images below to learn more about seasonings in this recipe
Sweet Shoppe
For many chefs, desserts are little
more than an afterthought. But
with a spoonful of our Sweet Shoppe blend, Home Chefs can easily add an elegant ending to their meals. Just sprinkle some on ice cream, cookies, cake, brownies, cupcakes or add to coffee, or liqueur for the perfect finish.
Sweet Shoppe Seasoning from MorningStar Kitchen
Vanilla Bean
Sea Salt

Sweet, yet salty, our Vanilla

Bean Sea Salt makes a rich

and flavorful addition to both sweet and savory dishes. Try a little on chicken, vegetables, or salads. Use it as a finishing salt to create an extra layer of flavor in breads, pastries – even cocktails!

Vanilla Bean Salt from MorningStar Kitchen
Pink Peppercorns
While they have a fresh,
peppery flavor, pink
peppercorns are not pepper.
They are the fruit of a Brazilian tree that is part of the cashew/mango family. Their sweet, mild flavor works well in delicate sauces, as well as in seafood and poultry dishes. Crush with a mortar and pestle. 
Pink Peppercorns from MorningStar Kitchen
Dark Cocoa
For any chocolate lover, this
blend of dark cocoa and sugar
is sweet, sultry, and indulgent. Use as a finishing sugar to top fruits and pastries, pancakes and waffles. Or add a decadent touch to your coffee, ice cream, and other indulgences. 
Dark Cocoa Sugar from MorningStar Kitchen