Almond Tea Cookies
People all over the world have been enjoying tea cookies for quite some time. It really does not matter who made the first tea cookie, since just about every country has always had their own special ingredients for making these sweet treats. Some people may call a tea cookie a small cake, teacake, shortbread cookie, seed biscuits, jumbles, or even just a sugar cookie. However, no matter where you may be or what you call these kinds of cookies the majority of these types of cookies are generally easy to make.
Tea cookies are the inspiration for many different types of wedding cookies, such as Mexican wedding cookies or Russian tea cookies. These are special cookies that many brides and grooms choose to serve at their wedding receptions. They are fun to make and to eat. Wedding tea cookies are often sprinkled with lots of powdered sugar before serving. However, you can sprinkle powdered sugar over them if you like or you can create something different.
You can make them with or without herbs, spices, or nuts if you prefer. Adapting any recipe including cookie recipes is fairly easy to do. You can make this old fashioned icebox tea cookie recipe to make your own homemade cookies. Follow the recipe as it is or you can also make some sugar cookie icing or glaze to drizzle over the tops of the cookies after making them and allowing them to cool for a bit.
- 1 cup softened butter
- 3 ½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milled almonds (May use walnuts, or pecans)
- Allow the butter to soften to room temperature by placing it out onto the kitchen countertop about 20 minutes before preparation time.
- Using a large mixing bowl you will sift together the flour, soda and salt. Set aside until needed.
- Pull off a large enough piece of waxed paper and prepare an area to roll the cookie dough.
- Using a large mixing bowl and an electric mixer on high speed you will cream the softened butter and then add the brown sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients into the batter. Mix well to combine. Stir in the milled walnuts, pecans, or almonds. Combine well; you may need to use clean hands to completely mix the cookie dough.
- After combining all ingredients you will shape the dough into a roll. Wrap the cookie dough roll in the wax paper and tuck the ends under. Place the covered cookie dough roll in the refrigerator to chill for about 2 hours.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove the tea cookie dough from the refrigerator and cut into slices of about ¼ inch thickness. Arrange the cookies on an un-greased cookie sheet. Place in the preheated oven to bake for about 7 to 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven, transfer to wire rack and allow the cookies to chill completely before serving or serve piping hot with a cold glass of milk.
Many times when people think of teacake or an old-fashioned icebox tea cookies recipe, it brings to mind more gentler times. Tea cookies are some of the oldest types of cookie recipes you can make for your family. Many of these old-fashioned recipes are simple but so scrumptious to eat. You can learn how to make this type of cookie dough to serve to your family and friends today. You can serve them as they are or drizzle them with cookie icing. Serve them as a special after school treat or as an after dinner treat or you might want to include them in lunch box meals.
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