TheDinersaur Olivia Girard’s Famous Tea Cookie Recipe

Bake up these comfort cookies in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Bake up these comfort cookies in the comfort of your own kitchen. Olivia Girard/theDinersaur
If a picture says 1,000 words, Olivia Girard’s TheDinersaur Instagram says about a billion: words like “dream cookie” and “sweetjesus” and “oh my” and about every iteration of “yum” you can imagine. Girard paid her dues in local restaurants and art school before launching TheDinersaur in 2016, a sandwich, pastry, and catering company that expanded from a lunch delivery business to a pastry darling.

click to enlarge A sampling of Olivia's baked goods. - OLIVIA GIRARD/THEDINERSAUR
A sampling of Olivia's baked goods.
Olivia Girard/theDinersaur
Her Instagram (gaining on nearly 10,000 followers) documents image after image of her playful deliciousness. Think cherub-like choux puffs haloed with heavenly mascarpone whip, lovely layered cakes stacked with sticky fillings and sprinkled salutations, towering churro popovers filled with vanilla custard and covered in cinnamon sugar, and potato buns sandwiched with jalapeno cream cheese, clover sprouts, sunflower seeds and golden beets.

Best of all, you don’t just eat Girard’s goodies with your eyes. As delicious as her Instagram is — and it is sweet salvation — all of the above and more are available to order via TheDinersaur for pickup at Restaurant Progress in the Melrose District.

Even sweeter, Girard has shared her famous tea cookie recipe with us. Yes, the very same one that comes in her lunch bags alongside a sandwich, chips, and sparkling water. It’s the not-too-sweet, not-too-complicated, just-right thing to make at home when you’re looking for a little cookie comfort. So, like, now.

click to enlarge The chocolate chip version. - OLIVIA GIRARD/THEDINERSAUR
The chocolate chip version.
Olivia Girard/theDinersaur

theDinersaur Tea Cookie Recipe

Note: This recipe makes 22 to 24 cookies.

8 ounces (2 sticks) of butter, softened
1/2 cup of powdered sugar (plus an additional 1/4 cup powdered sugar after baking)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pecan pieces or chocolate chips, optional

click to enlarge Sure, you can pick some up. But why not DIY? - OLIVIA GIRARD/THEDINERSAUR
Sure, you can pick some up. But why not DIY?
Olivia Girard/theDinersaur
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Add ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Set on low until everything is mixed together.
3. Scoop out big tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
4. Place dough on parchment-lined or ungreased baking sheets and bake until you see just a little brown on top, about 15 minutes.
5. Let cookies cool on the counter or in the fridge.
6. Add 1/4 cup powdered sugar to a small bowl. Once cooled, “smoosh” cookies in icing sugar.
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Allison Young has written about food, nutrition, and travel for Sunset, Women’s Health, Oxygen, Clean Eating, Mindbodygreen, and Prevention. Her local jam is food writing, where she happily eats her way across the Valley to discover the best hidden gems, hole-in-the-walls, pizza joints, and the latest Phoenix food trends. She also loves to pick Valley chef’s brains for their favorite food finds. On her website,, she posts one thing she’s looking forward to each day, from food to books and podcasts.
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