Thursday, 8 January 2015

Tea Bag Cookies


How's everyone feeling this first week of January? We've had a nice little break away and feel refreshed for the year although I'm pretty sure it won't last long! I mentioned in my previous post that I had an afternoon tea party on New Year's Day and as expected from a baking addict like me, I baked everything myself. The menu was quite extensive and it took hours to prepare but it was good fun and more importantly my guests enjoyed themselves and really enjoyed the treats. 


This is what the table looked like on the day. I had to cater for vegetarian and gluten free so I made sure there was a good selection for everyone. I've included links to recipes on my blog if available. The menu consisted of:

I came across this idea whilst googling afternoon tea ideas. As the saying goes, the devil is in the detail and I wanted the table to look perfect. I bought a mismatched china tea set from a charity shop and a lovely tea pot in the sale. I also got the cute disposable placemats on sale which look great on the table. My friend bought me a beautiful set of colourful dishes from Royal Doulton for Christmas which went well with our colourful napkins. 

These cookies are basically shortbread cookies cut to look like a teabag. I bought some craft supplies to make my own 'teabag tag' and finally dipped them in chocolate for extra indulgence. I found some really cute sparkly cupcake stickers which I used for the teabag tags and everyone was really impressed! 

I'm sending this to the Biscuit Barrel challenge created by Laura from I'd Much Rather Bake Than... This month it's guest hosted by Alexandra from The Lass in the Apron and the theme is Innovation and Discoveries. This is certainly a new discovery for me as I've never really tried decorated cookies before. They are time consuming but the final result is well worth it. 



 

 I used the tea bag as guide to cut out the cookie shapes 

 I used a straw to poke a hole at the top before baking 

 how cute is that? 

 a close up of my cupcake 'teabag tag' 




100g butter
250g flour
100g icing sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
50g chocolate


  • Place the butter and flour in a bowl and rub together until it resembles breadcrumbs. Alternatively, you can use a food processor using the pulse function.
  • Add in the egg, icing sugar, vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste and mix until a dough forms.
  • It will be quite soft and sticky at this stage.
  • Roll into a ball and wrap in clingfilm. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Roll out the dough and using a tea bag as a guide, cut out the shape of a tea bag. 
  • Place the cookies spaced apart on the baking tray.
  • Use a straw to poke a hole near the top of the cookie as shown.
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. 
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack.
  • Place the chocolate in a small bowl and melt in the microwave using 10 second bursts making sure not to burn the chocolate.
  • Dip the end of the cookies in the chocolate and place on a piece of parchment paper to set,
  • Once completely set, tie a tag through the hole.




14 comments:

  1. Love this idea. To the extent, I just might nick it!
    I'm sure your afternoon tea was a big hit.

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    1. The afternoon tea was a huge success thanks

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  2. these are adorable!... so cute and so easy yet look so sophisticated... I must give them a try. Happy New Year x

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    1. Happy New Year to you too Dom! They are super cute arent they? :)

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  3. These look lovely - great idea. I'm very, very impressed with your New Year tea party - I wish I had that much energy at new year.

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    1. Thanks! It was well worth the effort and everyone had a good time.

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  4. My goodness- what a wonderfully delicious tea party you hosted! And I love these little biscuits, great idea!

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  5. Wow that tea party looks so beautiful - I am a little jealous you have TWO tiered stands and I love the tea cups - adding the teabag cookies is brilliant - I think the chocolate looks like they have been dipped in tea. Great effort with all the baking too.

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    1. I actually have a third tiered cake stand but it's slate and didn't match the others. These cookies are my favourite from the day :)

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  6. Cool.... Such a lovely idea. I have seen loads of cookies made with teas lately. These would be great with matcha or earl grey or something (dipped in chocolate... of course)! May have to try it!

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    1. I'll have to make these again using tea flavoured cookies.

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  7. Wow these are super cute - what a great idea :)

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  8. Oh, how I wish I'd been one of your guests Ros. What a super duper afternoon tea party. Your teabag biscuits are amazing - they are as good if not better than any I've seen on Pinterest. Presenting them in a tea cup is an idea I might have to borrow.

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