Wednesday, June 27, 2012

{kitchen de ferrer} tea bag cookies.

In search of tea party decor for a mini tea party I was hosting, I came across this idea on Pinterest. A quick glance at the instructions temporarily dampened my excited discovery. This sucker was in French. And so le awesomeness! turned into le d'oh! very quickly. But it's okay, that minor problem was easily remedied through a quick google search aaand we're back on track. Oui! A shortbread recipe was used to get that flatness, but I have also experimented with sugar cookies and they turned out fine. Just a bit on the fluffy and softer side.

So first thing's first. The template. Although I have seen in the tea bag cookie universe those who have foregone this process and used the tea bag itself as a template. Hey! Whatever works for ya!

 Pictures by Jin Chu Ferrer of Contradiction of Sorts.

I learned the hard way that you have to work fast. And refridgerate often, in between just a few traces/cutouts. (Perhaps due to environmental factors? This is Texas, after all!) The dough gets insanely soft after a few minutes, making it too malleable to work with. Popping it in the fridge for a bit did the trick.

And those holes? Use a straw!
(But do this after you have cutout your cookies and lined them up on the cookie sheet.)

Once cooled off after baking in the oven, prettying up the cookie may be needed. Simply trim around the edges with a knife.  Then attach your homemade tea tag labels. Voila! Instant conversation starters at your next tea party or Sunday brunch get-together!

besos ... jin.
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