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, February 2, 2015

Two Teas One Cookie

Either on Sunday after church and between lunch out with friends or on Monday afternoon, depending on how fast the cleaning goes, I bake cookies.    My tea cookies for the week.

I favor shortbreads and tea type cookies for my afternoon nosh.     United cookies, usually for they're better keepers.    Small cookies as well.    Big cookies are cookie jar cookies to be eaten with a big icy glass of milk!

Last week's cookies were called London Fog shortbread.     All week, there was Earl Grey tea in the cookies as well as in the cup!

It's a great flavorful shortbread that I will make again.     I used a small scalloped cutter which was the perfect size for a tea cookie.

My first tea with the freshly made cookies which I lined up on a Spode Blue Italian sandwich plate.    And poured my tea from a Spode Blue Italian teapot into a Spode Blue Italian cup and saucer!

Let it be noted, that I did not eat all those cookies.    Three tops is usually my limit!    It's just that they were so pretty and looked so nice lined up on the sandwich tray.

 I've still got paperwhites and the aroma in the breakfast room is heady!   I think, however, that I did order more than any other year.    I feel like I've planted "hundreds"!

The second tea was Saturday afternoon.     The last of the cookies.    Small cookies go on the saucer so no need for another plate when it is just me!      

My favorite companion when I'm taking tea alone is a cookbook.     I nibble, sip and dream of dishes to make!

The cookies are called "London Fog Shortbread" and I'm shameful but I can't remember which blog I got them off of.   I am sorry not to be able to give credit where credit is due!

But they are good cookies and the London Fog name pertains not to the appearance of the cookies but rather a Canadian drink -- an Earl Grey latte with vanilla.     These cookies fill that bill with Earl Grey tea leaves in the cookies as well as loads of vanilla (both extract and vanilla bean seeds!)


1 cup butter
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 vanilla bean split and scraped (1 tbsp. vanilla bean paste)
2 tbsp. Earl Grey Tea (about 3 tea bags)

Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer.  Add the vanilla, vanilla bean, and the tea.  Add the flour and mix until the dough comes together.  Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 mins.  Pre-heat the oven to 350F.  Roll out the dough to a little less then 1/4" on a well floured surface.  Cut out desired shapes.  Place on parchment lined baking sheets.  Chill the cut cookies for at least 20 mins. before baking.  Bake the cookies for about 12 mins. or until the edges are just barely brown.  Cool on wire racks. 

These cookies freeze well in an air tight container. 

It's Tuesday and I"m sharing my Two Teas One Cookie with both Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea.     


Canadian Chickadee said...

Looks lovely. I'll have to try them. xoxox

Unknown said...

Just great. I enjoy tea parties vry much. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Pondside said...

I will have to make these for my DIL who always orders a London Fog!

Rue said...

Those look easy and tasty! Two of my favorite things :)