Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla in a large bowl with a mixer until smooth. In another bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, ginger, fennel, cardamom, and tea. Add to butter mixture and beat on low speed until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set 1-tbsp. balls of dough 1 in. apart on sheets and flatten slightly with a floured glass.
Bake until cookies are light golden on undersides, 15 to 18 minutes, switching pan positions halfway through baking. Transfer to racks to cool.
These cookies are unique and flavorful. I served them at Christmas time but I'll make them again. I've never had anything like them -- they're kind of savory but then you bite into the white chocolate chip and it's a burst of sweetness. Really excellent recipe, great to take to a function or as a housewarming gift.
These cookies are delicious! Easy to make, wonderful texture (I think it's the ground fennel seeds that do it), right level of spice, not too sweet. Simple and sophisticated at the same time. Highly recommended!
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