Last week I chatted about favorite holiday music, movies, and books. This week it’s holiday tea!
As many of you know, my favorite holiday tea blend is from Harney & Sons and can be ordered online or found in Barnes & Noble cafes (as well as in many shops that stock specialty food items). You can order loose leaf OR sachets!
Some other options:
Adagio’s Christmas Blend
Mighty Leaf’s Holiday Blend (if you’d like something fruity)
Celestial Seasonings’ Gingerbread Tea (if you prefer a non-caffeinated option)
Celestial Seasonings’ Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride (another caffeine-free option, suggested by Jessica McCann)
Do you have another favorite to recommend for the holidays?
Swedish Ginger Cookies
Contributed to The Kansas Cookbook by Mrs. Ernest A. (Eunice) Wall
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup sugar
In a large mixing bowl, cream the sugar, butter or margarine, and shortening together. Add the molasses and egg, mixing well.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix well. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
Roll the dough into 3/4-inch balls. Place 1/2 cup of sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll the balls in the sugar and place on a cookie sheet. Flatten each with a small glass or a smooth object. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes.
Makes 5 dozen.
**My notes. Maybe I make my cookies too big, but I’ve NEVER managed 5 dozen cookies with this recipe! Also, I boost the spice amounts a bit and throw in a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice for good measure. To ease the process of rolling the dough into balls, I separate the dough into halves and roll each half into a tube and chill it in parchment. Then I can just slice the dough to form the balls. (Maybe it’s easier to use a scoop? I like the logs of dough because they’re slightly obscene-looking. Fun times! Also, I bake about 9 minutes.)
(photos awesomized with the “leaded window” frame in Camera Awesome)