jasmine tea cookies
May 4, 2015
I have a springtimey, Mother's Day-y, sweet treat I want to share today, and here's a funny little story I want to tell you. The pretty I've tried to cram into these photos is for you. I made these charming little tea cookies, and set them out alongside a teacup that used to be my mother's - (until I begged her for them). I picked a few things that are managing to grow in my wreck of a garden. And I took photos, deleted half of them, took some more, wondered if the cookies were any good, deleted more pictures, than noticed that the light had changed, took more photos.....around that time, Andrew wandered in and said, Are you still taking pictures of those cookies???
I recently read a story about a mama with four kiddos who was sick, but didn't take a break, and then got so sick that she wound up in the hospital. She didn't think it was ok for her to ever take a break, really. So her body decided for her. I hope sometimes that reading my blog gives people a few moments of break time. Sometimes it's hard to carve out anything more than a few moments here and there, but if you find the time and feel like baking or making, these jasmine tea cookies are really quite nice.
And if you feel like giving someone, or YOURSELF, a little present that won't break the bank, these mini recipe boxes from Studio Oh! are just the prettiest, cutest and the sweetest. Gorgeous recipe cards inside a pretty little box. I wrote about the tea box a couple years ago. They have a pocket pie recipe box now! Pocket pies! Oh how I want it! Also the french cookie box. And the cupcake box.
I'm lukewarm about any cookie that doesn't have chocolate in them, but here's the thing about these. They aren't too sweet, and they're shortbready and very very faintly flavored with jasmine tea leaves, and are really lovely to have with tea. And they taste even better on the second day! I was worried that they weren't going to be sweet enough with only a half cup of sugar, so I dusted them with sugar when they came out of the oven. You can decide how you want to proceed with that.
JASMINE TEA COOKIES
2/3 cup softened butter (10 and 1/2 tablespoons, yes that's a lot of butter)
1/2 cup superfine sugar
1 beaten egg
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon jasmine tea leaves, chopped (I emptied out two jasmine tea bags)
Cream together butter and sugar in a medium sized bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg, then flour. Add tea leaves. Form dough into a ball, and flatten to a 1 inch high disc. Wrap disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour or until firm. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Roll dough into walnut sized balls, and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass. Bake cookies for 15-20 minutes until edges become golden. Remove cookies from baking sheets and cool on wire racks. (roll in sugar for extra sparkle and sweetness, if you like that sort of thing, which I do)
Makes 24-30 cookies. You can freeze or refrigerate extra dough if you don't want to make that many cookies at once.
We're very excited to play with the base recipe, and add chopped lavender, or rose water, or something else delicate and herbal to the plain cookie base. Happy Mother's Day a bit early. Everyone deserves a break. Especially mamas!