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, May 11, 2015

Violets for Tea

 I love violets
In the house
In the garden
On china
On food

And last week, I had a violet tea
To celebrate adding some garden violets to the garden
For a friend and I

Violets on the table, decorating the tea set and on the food!

Not just violet sugar on the cookies but candied violets as well
Not mine, alas, but boughten ones
That taste faintly of violets
(and they are pricey little violets!)

The tea set is one of Mother's
handpainted violets on four plates, four tea cups and four saucers
Used only for special teas
In the Springtime!

The cookie recipe I got from a board i visit -- it's a good sugar cookie
Soft but not too soft but with a bit of a crunch but not crunchy
And a good keeper as well!

In fact, a tin of them is in the larder

For tea time this week
Alas, not decorated with the candied violet
That was just for company!


2 sticks unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing glass
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for dipping
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt

Blue sanding sugar, for sprinkling (about 1/2 teaspoon per cookie)
Purple sanding sugar, for sprinkling (about 1/2 teaspoon per cookie)
(use the color of sugar you desire — including white)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, oil, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla and eggs. Add the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt and mix well. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.

Using a cookie scoop, drop balls of dough onto ungreased, unlined baking sheets. Smear a dab of butter all over the bottom of a glass, then dip the glass in granulated sugar. Use the glass to flatten each ball of dough, dipping again into the sugar each time. Then sprinkle blue sanding sugar (about 1/2 teaspoon per cookie) over half of the cookies, and purple sanding sugar over the other half.

Bake until the cookies are just barely turning brown, 9 to 11 minutes. Don't overbrown! Allow to cool before eating. The cookies are ultra crumbly!

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

It's Tuesday and i'm joining Sandy at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea.


Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Martha: Love the beautiful handprinted plates you shared today. They are just perfect. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Sandra said...

China, Cookies and Flowers...all so pretty and nice to have your tea.

Bernideen said...

What a beautiful presentation and so creative. I agree, we do love violets and what a joy when the first one is spotted in spring! So glad you shared.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Violets are such sweet little posies and they do look adorable adorning our tables, our baked goods, and especially our china. Loved reading your post. Thanks for sharing, Martha.


Margie said...

Love how you've incorporated the violets into your tea time!

Tea in Texas said...

Your mother's china is lovely and seems to be Limoges. The violets with the gold trim is just perfect for a violet tea! Your violet cookies appear yummy. Have a great week!


Canadian Chickadee said...

The cookies may be good keepers, but I doubt if I'd be able to find out at our house. They look fabulous and I doubt if they would last! :) xoxo

Rue said...

Hello Martha :)

I so enjoyed catching up with you this morning. This cookie recipe and the rosemary one look so good! I'll definitely have to try them out soon.

The teapot you found is wonderful. I love anything with a note from the past inside, even books, because it's so personal.

I hope you have a lovely weekend!


Pondside said...

What a pretty tea party, Martha.
Sugar cookies with vegetable oil? Because you recommend them I may try them. You make them sound very good.