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, October 27, 2014

An Afternoon Respite

A recipe Daughter Sarah found
for she knows I adore shortbread
Made this afternoon, it was perfect
for afternoon tea

Fairy Bites
Is what they're called
Small wee shortbreads

A teacup full!

 A cup of tea and a cup of Fairy Bites
In blue and white, of course
Spode Camilla
With a gold rim
It's for special teas.

And the Fairy Bites were a special tea

Wee pieces of shortbread


And then I glazed them even though the recipe didn't call for it
I thought they "needed" it!
And it did make them better!

Three fits very well on a saucer!


1/2 cup butter, slightly softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 1/4 cup AP flour
1/4 tsp salt
4 tsp multi-colored nonpareils

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Line 8-inch square baking
pan with plastic wrap (or cut parchment to fit) leaving
1-inch overhang. 

Combine butter, sugar and almond extract in medium bowl. 
Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.
Reduce speed to low, add flour and salt. Beat until well
mixed. Stir in nonpareils.

Knead mixture 4-5 times in bowl until dough forms a ball. 
Pat dough evenly into prepared pan. Use overhang to lift
dough from pan. Cut dough into 1/2-inch squares.
Gently place squares 1/2 inch apart onto ungreased
cookie sheet. Bake approximately 15 minutes or until
bottoms just begin to brown.  

I mixed powdered sugar and milk together to make a glaze.    As an afterthought, I should have added a little almond flavoring as well.

NOTE:   I used Halloween nonpareils.

It's Tuesday and I'm sharing my tea this afternoon with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea.


Bernideen said...

Those a darling! And truly "bite sized"! So glad you shared!

Millie said...

A very cute recipe, and the finished product looks great!

Bookie said...

These look good..not heavy on sugar either. But what is AP flour?

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Yum, I just love shortbread with tea....and to sip tea from that beautiful china, WOW!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your Fairy Bites are adorable and I bet they melt in your mouth. I have a similar recipe. I love that three of them fit nicely on the edge of your saucer. Your Spode Camilla is gorgeous trimmed in gold. Thank you for joining me for tea and enjoy your day.


Winnie said...

Such a beautiful table you set. I love your Spode! I have never heard of Fairy Bites, but they look wonderful! I will have to give them a go. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Seaview said...

Good morning Martha....I just love the table setting.
It looks so cozy and always ! I wish I lived near you just to share one afternoon tea with you !

Beth in NEPA said...

I do so love blue and white china! Those fairy bits look great.. just enough.

Rhondi said...

What a lovely tea party. My mother used to make the most delicious melt in your mouth shortbread cookies. They were bite size too and the perfect thing to have with a cup of tea

Ruthie Miller said...

They are so sweet looking and a size that is guilt free. I want to try these. Your blue and white is simply gorgeous.
Best, Ruthie

Ruthie Miller said...

Ah, yes, I don't know what AP flour is either.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I love that tea cup! It is so pretty. Everything looks so good. Shortbread is a favorite of mine. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

Tea in the Library said...

Everything looks sweet and inviting. I think those fairy bites would disappear way to quickly around me!

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

What beautiful cups. A cookies are perfect for tea.

Pat said...

Fairy Bites. . .divinely delicious!!!
Love your blue & white tea cups and saucers!!!