Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Yummy tea time recipes

This week's Gracious Hospitality's Blog-a-thon is all about our favorite tea time recipes. I can't wait to go back and find new recipes from the other participating blogs!

Below are two great recipes but if you here are others labeled "tea time" on my recipe blog.

This is a new cookie I just made for my husband's birthday. He loves German chocolate cake so I decided to make these instead of cake (with just the three of us to indulge). They're remarkable!

I've had the recipe cut out from Taste of Home for awhile (I have one entire recipe box just for cut out recipe "cards" from Taste of Home, Country Woman, etc.). It is not difficult but it is a little time consuming. However, it is SO worth it! Yummy... BUT RICH!

German Chocolate Cookies

Cookie Dough:
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 12 oz. pkg. chocolate chips
1/4 cup flaked coconut

German chocolate icing:
1 egg
1 5 oz. can evaporated milk (or measure 5 oz. from larger can)
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter (no substitutes)
1- 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Chocolate drizzle:
12 oz. chocolate chips
dipping chocolate
(I had some dipping chocolate left so I melted it and it worked great)

For frosting, in a saucepan, combine the egg, milk, sugar, and butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat for 10 - 12 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Mixture will reach 160 degrees (I didn't check temp, I just stopped when mixture thickened). Take off heat. Stir in coconut and pecans. Set aside and let cool.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in 2 cups chips and coconut. Drop by tablespoons 2" apart onto ungreased baking sheets. (I used my cookie scoop, which looks like a little ice scream scoop). Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheet for ten min. before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

In microwave, melt the chocolate chips or chocolate dipping chocolate. Frost the cookies when completely cool. Drizzle with melted chocolate.

(Recipe originally from Taste of Home magazine)

Here is another of my scone recipes, already posted on the recipe blog.

Cinnamon Chip Scones

3 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick butter, room temperature (yes, I know scone recipes usually call for cold butter)
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup cinnamon chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter cookie sheet.

In large mixing bowl (I used my stand mixer), mix flour and sugar.

Mix in butter with dry ingredients just until mixture resembles cornmeal. (I just used the paddle attachment and it worked fine.)

Add heavy cream and cinnamon chips to mixture. Mix together until dough forms, mixing as little as needed.

Pat into a 1/2 inch thickness and cut out with a 2 inch biscuit or cookie cutter. Place on greased cookie sheet.

Bake 9-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Do not over bake.

I let them cool on the baking sheet.

Makes nine scones.


La Tea Dah said...

Delicious! Thanks you for the great recipes! Both look so good. Thank you for participating in our blog-a-thon. I wish I could have a cinnamon chip scone right now!


Millie said...

I have copied and pasted your recipe. I think my husband would like those cookies! Thanks

Anonymous said...

So nice of you to post these. A happy belated birthday to your dear hubby.

I'm a big Taste of Home fan too. Hard to look at the recipes without drooling, lol.

Cori G. said...

Don't you just love taste of home. They always have the best recipes and the one for the german chocolate cookies looks so wonderful. I also love your quote by C.S.Lewis... it is so true

marye said...

Those cookies look delicious!

Cheryl (Copper's Wife) said...

Those cookies look wonderful!!! I will definitely be making these and soon!! My husband loves german chocolate cake, too, so I'm sure they'll be a hit here! Thanks for sharing!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Both recipes sound wonderful. I am going to require a section in my recipes just for scones after this tour. So many wonderful ones to try!

The cookies sounds amazing! I'll give those a try, too.

Thank you, Brenda!

Maggie Ann said...

Your cookies look yummy and that tea pot in your pic caught my eye quickly! Very nice...=)

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

The teapot was a Goodwill find. It was very cheap because it was missing the lid. Hmmm... perfect for sticking in some silk greenery. :)

I'll show a closer pic soon.

Karen Deborah said...

looks delicious, but aren't you a diabetic? my nurse radar say's these recipes are trouble for you.

ellen b said...

Ahh, looks so good. I printed it off. Thank you...

Steph said...

Oh, those cookies look like heaven!

Kathy said...

Wow...those look good! Thak you for sharing the recipes.
Kathy@ Mimi's Garden

Anonymous said...

I love anything with chocolate. That looks so good. I love your table setting. Just beautiful!

Grace Yaskovic said...

How pretty and delicious looking, I was a Taste of Home field editor for many many years from 1993 until this year. I thought it was time to give others a chance so I retired!!

Storybook Woods said...

Oh yummm, thank you. Clarice

picketfencemom said...

Oh Brenda, why oh why did you post this!!!??? LOL I just came in from my three mile walk, sat down, and came to visit. I think I gained back anything I lost...just looking at the pictures! Yum...I will SO be trying these out!
And I loved the posts about your son's 'adventures'..too funny.
Have a blessed weekend!
Amy O.