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.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Tuesday Tea

A dear friend came  for tea and chat
In the breakfast room
overlooking the garden

It was a special friend

The good Spode Camellia cups, saucers and plates
The Spode Camellia milk jug and sugar bowl
And my grandmother's silver tea pot

And a tea treat
Tasha Tudor's jam thumbprints

An almondy flavored cookie
filled with raspberry jam

Notice three cookies?
Two would look like "eyes" on the plate
Three look like cookies!

We sipped, we ate, we visited.
Soon it was time for my friend to leave.

Washing up followed
And we tend to do the tea things by hand.


1 cup butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt
2 egg yolks
2 cups flour
1/2 t. almond extract
Raspberry jam*

Preheat oven to 350.   Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat.   

In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the jam.    Chill dough for a half hour.    Roll dough into small balls and make an indentation with your thumb; fill indentation with jam.

Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until golden brown.    Place on a rack to cool.

I like to sprinkle with powdered sugar after they cool.

*You really can use any jam you want.     Next time I make them I'll use some of my peach rosemary.

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday.


GardenOfDaisies said...

Your blue spode teacups are so pretty. And the jam thumbprints look delicious. My daughter likes to make similar ones at Christmas. My sister would love them simply because they were made from a Tasha Tudor recipe.
Thank you for the invitation to come to tea at your house. I would love to and will have to figure out an excuse to come your way one of these days. :-)

Bernideen said...

This scene looks so peaceful and relaxing! The whole table is delightful!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

This is my husband very favorite that it is FINALLY cooling down, perhaps it is time I make him some!

Last week at this time it was so hot one couldn't even stand to go yay to fall weather. Bring it ON!! I hate to be so hot!

Thank you for sharing such a lovely tea - your china is stunning.

Pondside said...

That was a lovely way to treat your friend. I'd like to try those thumbprint cookies, but I think I'd use another sort of jam - I'm not fond of the pips in raspberry jam.

Martha said...

Pondy -- no pips in this one -- it was seedless! The only one I'd use in this cookie for I'm not fond of the pips either!

Deb said...

They look delicious. Oh, how I love your blue and white. Deb

Beth said...

Martha, I'm sure that anyone fortunate enough to have tea, lunch, or dinner at your home is made to feel special. You always create a pretty table and delicious goodies!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a treat; your beautiful Spode teacups and thumbprint cookies! A delight for any guest. Thank you for coming to tea, Martha. It's always a pleasure!


Two Cottages And Tea said...

Lucky friend to have tea with you and your beautiful china. The Spode teacups are so lovely. Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Very sweet...those teacups are so pretty.

Delvalina said...

You have such a lovely house.
I am adoring the tea time of you and your friend :)

Thanks for sharing.