What better way is there (next to warm buttery scones) to complement a nice cup of tea than the addition of a cookie? Better yet, a plateful of cookies. There are so many varieties to choose from.
Tea and Cookies by Rick Rodgers is a wonderful new book for all of us tea and cookie lovers. There is a lot of good information on the history, types, storage and preparation of tea, followed by recipes for many hot and cold tea beverages. For instance, the homemade Orange Spice Tea would be a lovely addition to a fall tea party, or perhaps served around a nice cosy fire at Christmas.
There are recipes for Classic Chai, “Not” Sun Tea and Fruity Bubble Tea. I’d love to try making Bubble Tea at home. There are great tips for making a simple syrup to sweeten iced tea and for making frozen tea cubes. Have you ever wanted to offer guests a refreshing Half-And-Half (Arnold Palmer) – the recipe is in here.
Mr. Rodger’s cookie primer should be very helpful for improving my cookie baking skills. There is lots of information on basic ingredients and cookie baking equipment. After reading this, I’m ready to invest in some of the highly recommended quality half-sheet (18 x 13) aluminum baking sheets and a heavy-duty stand mixer. This has been on my wish list for quite some time, although I do achieve decent results with my trusty hand-held mixer. Cookie baking techniques are also covered in this section of the book.
Now, for the best part, the scrumptious cookie recipes. It will be difficult to choose when you see all the gorgeous photos of these treats. The Chai Snickerdoodles will be one of my first picks, closely followed by the Blueberry Cheesecake Bars. Then there are some elegant cookies for afternoon tea parties, such as Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Earl Grey Ganache or Macarons de Citron. Your favorite tea room treat just may be in here too. Mine’s there – Currant Cream Scones.
Rick Rodgers has written over thirty five cookbooks and Tea and Cookies definitely gets my vote as a terrific addition to any tea enthusiasts library.
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