I love finding teacups in the thrift store by my house. Sadly, even though they are cheap I can't really justify buying all the ones I want because I only want to own as much as I can display and use. These vintage teacup inspired cookies are based on all the pretty cups I've had to leave behind.
Cups like this one..
Or this one. Hope that you go to good homes pretty teacups! I'm not too sad though, I have a lot of my own adorable tea stuff.
My tea-for-two pot with two teacups underneath ..
Nothing goes better with tea than some cookies so I made some teacup templates based on the cups I've seen.
Templates are the easiest thing to make. Just sketch a shape on some thick paper, or a couple of pieces glued together, cut it out, then use a sharp knife to cut the shape out of the dough.
To ensure that your cookies don't spread too much during baking its best to pop the unbaked cookies into the freezer for 20 minutes or so. I was using my mom's sugar cookie recipe (best one ever) and they held their shape really well during baking. The recipe is at the end of the post.
While the cookies were baking I traced the templates on some paper and coloured a few designs on them to pipe out in royal icing.
Iced with royal icing and ready to have with a cup of tea. Tea cup for your cup of tea..
And they are perfect for sharing with your favorite guests. Although this particular guest ended up getting a dog treat instead.
My Mom's Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 350F
- Cream the butter and gradually add the sugar, then beat in the egg and vanilla
- In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
- Mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture until it forms a dough
- Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes or so. This will make the dough stiff enough to roll out
- Flour the surface you are going to roll the cookies out on.. this dough is a tiny bit sticky so I usually work a bit of flour into the dough just before I roll it out.
- Roll out the dough and cut into whatever shapes you wish
- Place the shapes on a lightly greased cookie sheet and pop them in the freezer for 20 minutes or even overnight
- Bake for 7-10 minutes until only faintly browned around the edges and golden brown underneath.
- Let cool and then decorate