Friday, January 14, 2011

Tea Party Baked Goods

Here are the three baked goods I mentioned in my Tea Party entry.

Oatmeal Cinnamon Scones
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1/3 cup milk

(You can substitute the dairy in this for non-dairy products and it works fine. If you double this recipe you may need to adjust the flour.)

Mix ingredients then separate into desired scone size. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until they start to get a little golden brown.

(Scones on the middle rack, cookies on the top.)

Banana Coconut Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
- 2 cups flour
- 1 banana
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or 1 egg)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup coconut
- peanut butter to taste and texture

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and roll into balls. Cook at 350 degrees until slightly brown on the edges.

Linzer Tarts
- 1 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3 1/2 cup flour
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Jelly of your choice (I like raspberry preserves the best)
- (food coloring optional)

- Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Chill. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Find a clean area to work and put some flour down, then roll out cookies and use cookie cutters to cut cookies into desired shape (you will need to cut them so that you have pairs).
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool (I personally like to let them cool on my counter top. It keeps the moisture in. Sometimes cooling trays let moisture escape (depending on the cookie) and newspaper absorbs the moisture while metal tins cool so fast they harden the cookie. In all cases you end up with dry and/or hard cookies).
- When cookies are cool enough to handle, start making sandwiches with your jelly in the middle. Then when you are ready to serve dust the plate with powdered sugar. Sugaring ahead of time will be too messy and the sugar gets weird.

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