Monday, June 11, 2012

Tea Bag Cookies

Now here's an idea so simple, if you're like me you'll want to knock yourself upside the head for not having thought of it sooner. I submit to you ... The Tea Bag Cookie!

Now I just *know* I must have gotten this idea from Pinterest, but I can't find a "pin" of this at all on my boards. So I herewith confess that I did not invent this idea, merely was inspired by it. But wow, how fun to make individual shortbread cookies that look like tea bags! Really, you can just look at them and make up your own recipe if you like.

But if you *don't* like to make up your own recipe, I'll share the one I used. It's basically a dolled-up version of the Scotch Shortbread recipe from Betty Crocker's classic 1963 "Cooky Book." (And yes, Betty spelled "cooky" that way. Don't blame me!)

Tea Bag Cookies

3/4 cup butter or margarine (I used margarine)
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups plain flour
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening

In bowl of electric mixer, blend margarine and sugar. Slowly add flour until well combined. You may have to knead it a bit with your hands at the end of mixing to incorporate all the flour. When you have a nice ball of dough, refrigerate it for about 30 minutes. Then roll it out 1/4-inch thick and cut into rectangles. Using a knife, cut the corners off the top of each rectangle to resemble a tea bag shape. I made mine a little larger than a real tea bag. Use a drinking straw to cut out a small hole in the top. Bake on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets for 20-25 minutes. Let cool. Using a small saucepan on your stovetop, over low heat combine chocolate chips and shortening until melted completely. Dip lower edge of cookie in chocolate to represent the tea. Place cookies in refrigerator and allow chocolate to harden before assembling with "strings" of ribbon or twine and stapling on "tags" of stamped images, scrapbooking paper or whatever you like! Yields 24 (really cute) cookies.


23 comments:

  1. Love em !!!!
    Great idea .... Thank You

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  2. Angela, you come up with the best ideas for tea items. Love the cookies - such a fun thing to make.
    thanks.

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  3. The tea bag cookies are ADORABLE, Angela! SO perfect for a tea party. I can't wait to give them a try. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

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  4. What an adorable and clever idea.

    Thanks for sharing, Angela - they are really darling and would make such cute favors wrapped in small cellophane bags too.

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  5. Oh my goodness, those are so cute!

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  6. I also have this pinned on Pinterest. And that Cooky book is a great book. I got it when I got married and have several favorites in there, including that recipe!

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  7. So cute and not hard to do, either! Thank you for sharing this inspiration.

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  8. The cutest idea! And yep...an "I should have thought of that" moment indeed! Thanks for sharing these wonderful cookies!
    Ruth

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  9. Hi Angela
    They're sweet aren't they? I first saw them on another blog (can't remember where) and plan to make them one time too.
    Judith

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  10. I had pinned this too. The pin goes to a link in French. http://sandrakavital.blogspot.com/
    Scroll down a bit to find the cookies. So cute!

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  11. Love this idea and saw it on Pinterest too.

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  12. These are adorable! What too us so long to think of them. Can't wait to try them. Thank, Angela
    Ruthie at: http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com/

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  13. This is such a clever idea! Thanks for sharing.

    Susan

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  14. Thanks for the reminder about these cute cookies. I have made them in the past and flavored the shortbread with Earl Grey or Matcha. The flavors are wonderful with the chocolate.

    Yours look yummy! Have a great day.

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  15. Those are so cute, Angela - I'm impressed! Definitely a cookie to try, Joanie

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  16. These are darling!! And your confession notwithstanding, these are now pinned on my tea party board on pinterest! :)

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  17. I love my 1963 worn out falling apart
    Betty Crocker Cooky book ! Your tea bag cookies are darling or should I say Darjeeling !

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  18. YES...knocking myself on the side of my head!!

    THESE are ADORABLE..and I sure could have used the idea for past Tea Luncheons I've done for my church...

    Thank you for the idea...it is imbedded in my brain now! =)

    Blessings
    Hope

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