Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Garden Club Tea Pot Cookies


Tonight was the first Garden Club meeting of 2010 -- at Linderhof! It's cold this evening on the prairie and a cup of tea would be warming and welcome. To go with the tea -- teapot cookies -- handpainted with fruit and flowers and herbs.

I've seen painted cookies at Cathy's (Wives with Knives) and they intrigued me. The heart cookies for Valentines were perfect. But the meeting was after -- what kind of cookie could I paint? Could I do it?

In looking at my cookie cutters, I found big and little teapots. Bought years and years ago to be used to cut out tea sandwiches and perhaps make some cookies. But, alas, sometimes one has more plans than time and I had never used them.

I thought they would be perfect!
I had some cutout cookie dough already in the fridge and so I cut out big cookies and little cookies and baked . . .
Then I frosted with Royal icing . . . . and then the fun began!
With little salt cellars on the breakfast room table and cups of water, my set of kitchen "paint brushes" (bought for sugaring pansies), and my box of food color, I set about to paint the teapots.




I decided that since it was a garden club meeting -- that the teapots should have flowers or fruit (and orange on one -- grapes on another) or herbs (chives and rosemary). And that no two should be alike.
It was fun and I would do them again. But only for a special occasion for special people. They are, after all, very time consuming.


But they do set a pretty plate! One of my silver curates seemed the perfect choice for the cookies.


Three plates of assorted teapots for guests to chose from.

My painting is not as delicate as Cathy's -- it's more primitive -- I can't wait until Easter -- so that I can paint Easter Egg cookies -- but first I have to find an egg cookie cutter!

The cookies are not outdoors but there theme is garden -- fruits and flowers and herbs. And since this is Wednesday . . . .please join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer to see what everyone else is doing outside this Wednesday. I'm tired of snow and ready for flowers . . . even handpainted ones!


28 comments:

GardenofDaisies said...

Your painted teapot cookies are wonderful!!! Love them!

The Tablescaper said...

Your cookies are lovely. I've seen them on a few blogs before but haven't made the leap yet. You did an amazing job. The Club must have loved them.

- The Tablescaper

Marsha's Mpressions said...

they are adorable!

Karen said...

Your cookies are lovely. So inspiring!
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What daring little works of art! I also saw this post at Wives with Knives and thought that I would like to try my had at it! You did a wonderful job and I'm sure the garden members were thrilled!
Yvonne

Southerncook said...

Your cookies are absolutely gorgeous. Your guests must have felt so very special. BTW, I have a fabulous copper Easter Egg cookie cutter and you have inspired me.

Carolyn

Pondside said...

Lucky Garden Club members! Your cookies are really very pretty and suit the occasion perfectly. I can just imagine how pretty Easter egg cookies would be.

LV said...

The ones to enjoy these cookies should be grateful. They look so good.

Light and Voices said...

Theme cookies what an idea! You are such a creative hostess. Nice job!
Joyce M

Allie and Pattie said...

How could you eat them??!! They are just too pretty! What a fabulous idea! I have tons of cookie cutters, but not teapots. Adorable-now I must start searching for some. They would be perfect for the ladies' lunches hosted here
xoxo Pattie

From the Kitchen said...

I saw the post of the lovely painted hearts and thought about doing them--that's all, just thought! Your's are wonderful and very clever to serve them for the garden club in the middle of winter. They surely brightened and warmed the meeting. I'm inspired for Easter. If I can't find an egg-shaped cookie cutter, I'll just do round ones.

Dan said...

They look amazing, you obviously put a lot of time and effort in!

Rosemary said...

Absolutely a labor of love! Beautiful!
Nancy

La Table De Nana said...

They are so much fun..Good for you..did you find it relaxing?Cute cute!

Love Bears All Things said...

These are lovely. I hope your Garden Club friends appreciate all the time that went into them.
Mama Bear

lindaraxa said...

I wish I had the patience..incredible!

♥ Kathy said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday

Carrie said...

Those are so cute!!!

Artie said...

Martha, these look so amazing and I bet they were quite delcious! I can't wait til' our meetings get more concentrated on Garden Walk. We've been exhausting ourselves with discussions about the quest to become a historic district. Eeek! Anyway - lovely job - as usual! :)

william said...

Martha, you're incredible!!!

Francie

GWENDOLYN said...

I love these tea cookies. How sweet and charming! I bet they taste great too.
Blessings!
Gwen

Charm and Grace said...

What fantastic little pieces of art. It seems a shame to eat them, though I know they were delicious. Just lovely!

Blessings,
Christi

The Norwegian said...

The teapot cookies are charming!
What a lovely treat. I am continually amazed at the amount of entertaining you do. You have a gift for it. Very inspiring for us out here in blogland.

Lottie said...

These are the cutest teapot cookies! They are precious!

Marilyn said...

Love the cookies! You did a beautiful job.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

OMG! These are so cute!! Yummy!
Debbie-Dabble

Oz Girl said...

Wow! And I thought my cut-out cookies were time-intensive (making more today too!) These are absolutely gorgeous, it would hurt my heart to see them eaten. *just kidding*

Thanks for popping by my blog when I had my cut-out cookie giveaway. I love, love your house, it's gorgeous. :)

Amy said...

You did a fantastic job painting your cookies. I bet you got loads of compliments. Great idea!!!