Monday, November 5, 2012

Tea Bag Cookies


About twenty years ago at a family Christmas celebration, Jim's grandmother gave each of her granddaughters (and granddaughters-in-law~me) a teacup/saucer from her personal collection.  At the time it was decided that we would get together and have a tea party with our "new" teacups. Well, we're a little late, but we finally did it a couple of weeks ago!
This is the teacup I was given. Isn't it pretty?

I used my own blue calico teacups for the rest of the photos, which are special to me also. They were the dishes I chose when I was getting married and my parents gave us a service for eight, 32 years ago (YIKES!) this month:)
One of Jim's cousin's was given the same dishes when she was married a couple of years after us.  She has since grown tired of them, so I was recently given a whole slew of more blue calico dishes...
YIPPEE!  Thanks so much Kim!!!   I still love them; they're so cheerful:) Isn't the little cow creamer cute?!?

Anyhow, I wanted to take a hostess gift to the tea party, and thought of cookies right away.  Initially, I was going to make some teapot, teacup cookies, but since I was short on time I thought tea bag cookies would come together quickly and turn out to be very cute.  I looked around the internet for ideas and right away was directed to Not Quite Nigella, and then remembered that I had recently seen her tea bag cookie post:)  I already follow Lorraine's blog and am quite a fan.  Besides great food, Lorraine is a great storyteller:)

Update 11/6: I didn't recall that I had originally seen tea bag cookies way back in 2010 on Kim's fabulous blog, Frost Me, but Kim kindly reminded me (Thank you).  I had even commented on her post, but that was pre-Pinterest, and I  did not "pin" the post onto my memory board:(
Since I had some of my homemade sugar cookie dough available that's what I used.   I did make the tea bag cookies thinner than my usual sugar cookies, but even thinner might look more authentic, as Lorraine suggested.

A real tea bag was used to measure the size of the cookies and I used a ruler to cut out a long strip of dough marking the bottom and top with the tea bag. After that I marked the width of each with a sharp knife using the tea bag as a guide once again.
After I transferred all the dough rectangles to the baking sheet, I held the tea bag on top of each to use as a template in cutting off the the angled corners at the top of each cookie. 
Lastly, to make the holes, I used a decorating tip-#12.  I knew the  holes would close up a bit while baking, so I placed the unbaked cookies (on the baking sheets) into the freezer before baking for 10-15 minutes.
Twine was doubled and looped through the tea bag hole and the two ends were tied together into a small knot. Just below the knot the twine was centered onto a piece of decorative tape, which was then folded over to secure it.
You may add the twine/tape before or after dipping them in chocolate.
To make the "tea", melt some chocolate chips in a small, deep bowl, add about a tablespoon of shortening, and dip the cookies a little less than halfway in.  Set on wax paper to dry.

Voila! Tea Bag cookies!

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47 comments:

  1. Hello, I would really love to know what the brand or name of the blue and white pattern? It's gorgeous and would love to find some for myself! By the way, love the cookies! I showed my partner who said 'so, they're teabags' lol Will definitely be making these!

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  2. Nevermind!! I just re-read the post. Silly me!!

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    1. On the back of each piece it reads:

      Royal Crownford
      Calico
      Staffordshire
      England

      Hope this helps! :)

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  3. Sue, I'm so honoured that you liked my cookies! To me, you are the iced cookie queen!! :D These look beautiful with the red and white twine and gorgeous china :D

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  4. Totally love these. they've been on my list to make, too. I'm an avid tea drinker. I love your china collection too, that rolling pin is quite a catch. I've never seen one like that.

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  5. WOW! I thought these are real tea bags from my reading list. So I quickly hop over and have a real look :D I want to add this on my list too. Thanks for sharing dear :)

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  6. They came out great! They are actually started by my blog a few years ago when I posted a tutorial, ashame the lady did not credit me on her post: http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/teabags.html

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    1. In Lorraine's post,she noted that someone sent her a photo (I don't know if they noted where it originated or took credit), but I will include a link to your post. It's definitely hard to pinpoint the origination sometimes with this vast internet:(
      I noticed that I actually commented on your post way back in 2010, pre Pinterest:)Oops! Sorry, Kim.

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    2. Hi Kim, I didn't get the original photo creator and there was no mention of your blog. I always give credit if I know where it came from. I also find that ideas of mine pop up all over the internet later without credit so I know how annoying it is. But as Sue mentioned, the internet is vast and it is very hard to pinpoint the actual originator of many ideas.

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  7. Sue, these are so cute. I've had these on Pinterest forever but have not made them yet. Now I'm really wanting to make them! LOVE them!

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  8. They are so cute Sue and look lovely with your gorgeous china. I made a double batch of cookie dough the other night, will do a double batch of gingerbread this week too. Getting ready to make lots of Christmas cookies :)

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  9. Would love your sugar cookie recipe!

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    1. Here's a link to the recipe from my blog post:

      http://www.munchkinmunchies.com/2009/05/no-fail-sugar-cookies.html

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  10. Oh,I love them! I would love to prepare and bake them soon, so I´m going to try it and of course I´ll mention you and your post :) Kissen from Spain :)

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  11. Such cute cookies. I love your blue calico. THose would never go "out of Style". I was married in the early 80's and wish I had chosen your pattern instead of the rather trendy rough and masculine pattern I picked. I got rid of them (passed them on) twenty years ago. THEY WERE UGLY and "What were we thinking"?!!!!

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  12. What a sweet story and the tea bag cookies are so very sweet too! With three girls of my own, I should be able to find reason to rustle up a tea party!

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  13. Cute story to match very cute cookies :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  14. Absolutely adorable and I especially love the the pretty teacups! Great story and so glad to see you provided some special cookie love to your tea party :)

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  15. The idea of tea bag cookies is so appropriate for a tea party! They are new to me and I will be making them for my sister-in-law's Christmas tea! Thank you for sharing.

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  16. You amaze me everytime with your cookies, Sue. These are so much fun. I love how they are dipped in chocolate, too. What a fun cookie creation! And I LOVE the blue teacups, They are gorgeous!!

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  17. These cookies are so cute!! I already made it some months ago, I hope you like them http://ifeelcook.es/tea-bag-cookies/ :D

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    1. The shape of your cookies are perfect, and I love the cute little tags! Thanks for sharing:)

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  18. Adorable! I love the calico dishes as well.

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  19. I'm loving all of your blue dishes. So elegant and these cookies are perfection!

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  20. Sue, what a fun tea party. I love the Calico dishes, they are so vibrant. Also love the cow creamer and the rolling pin. These cookies are soooo cute. I always think of you when I make "your" sugar cookies, as I did recently for my daughter's Harry Potter party. I can't resist them. Joni

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  21. Oh Sue, what an adorable idea and I know someone who would really like some right now:-D

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  22. Those look really easy and how fun for a tea! I had to look back. Love, love, love Mummy and her little Monsters! They are so fabulous.

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  23. I have been a little slow to make my rounds but I had to make this top priority today - you know I would LOVE these TEA TIME cookies! SWOON x INFINITY. It would be even better to share these over some real tea with YOU someday, that would be awesome!

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  24. I'd love to have you join my Pin Me Linky Party that starts Friday at 8am CST because these are amazing! I'm going to pin it now!

    Diana
    Diana Rambles
    Bento Blog Network
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    1. I am following you via GFC, Facebook & Pinterest now!

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  25. Hi! I love that idea! Those cookies are too sweet! I posted them on my german blog: http://schoenstricken.de/2012/11/diy-teebeutel-kekse/
    Please check if thats ok with you.
    Best from Berlin, Jessica

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  26. These are adorable, I have a friend who loves tea and would LOVE these!

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  27. The tea bag cookies are adorable! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your china set, especially the matching rolling pin. Just beautiful!!!

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  28. these are so cute!!! perfect for a tea lover.

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  29. I'm in love with this idea! So very lovely. Pinning!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open

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  30. What an amazing idea, so creative, almost too cute to eat, but I will be trying them none-the-less.
    Thanks
    x

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  31. ahh, I pinned these a while ago - still dying to make them. Yours look wonderful, great photos too! :)

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  32. just saw your post sent to me by a friend I have some of the china one piece bought in the UK and others here in the USA from TJ Maxx on mine it says CALICO BURLEIGH Staffordshire England...hope you find it I love mine esp my tea pot every one comments on it....

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  33. I love the story, the dishes, and the darling cookies!! I love the details you added the twine and tape make them extra special. You are incredibly talented Sue! Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby.

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  34. Completely adorable Sue! I am making a whole bunch of these cookies for Teacher Appreciation treats this coming week! :-)

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