"Easy Baking"

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Great Falls Tea Garden, LLC
P.O. Box 505
Great Falls, VA 22066
703-757-6209
laurie@greatfallsteagarden.com
http://www.greatfallsteagarden.com/

 Laurie Bell - Chef & Educator


Great Falls Tea Garden Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:
1)   2 tbs. Great Falls Tea Garden Peachy Green Tea, dry (or tea of your choice)
2)   2 oz. Slivered Almonds or ½ cup Almond Meal
3)   1 cup Flour
4)   ½ tsp. Baking Powder
5)   ¼ tsp. Salt
6)   4 oz. Unsalted Butter - softened to cool room temperature
7)   1/3 cup Sugar

Preparation:
1)   Finely grind the dry tea in a spice grinder.
2)   Finely grind the almonds in a spice grinder or food processor. (Be careful not to
       over process or it will turn into almond butter.) Or use almond meal as is.
3)   Combine ground tea, ground almonds, flour, baking powder and salt in bowl. Set
       aside.
4)   In food processor, beat butter briefly. Add sugar and beat to mix well. Add dry
       ingredients and blend until just mixed and has somewhat formed a ball.
5)   Turn out onto a piece of wax paper. Shape into a round to prepare for rolling.
6)   Cover with another piece of wax paper and roll to desired thickness.
7)   Cut into desired shape/s, place on baking sheet lined with parchment and bake
       in preheated 325° oven and bake 20 to 30 minutes, depending on size and
       thickness. Remove from oven. Let cool on baking sheet. Eat and enjoy!

Variations:
1)   The dough can be rolled into small balls (agate size) and pressed down with the
       bottom of a glass that has been buttered and sugared or the balls can be
       pressed down with a fork criss-cross style
2)   Substitute your favorite flavor of tea and/or nuts in this recipe. (Try Great Falls
       Peachy Green with Pecans, Spiced Fennel Chai with Almonds, or Great Falls
       Grey with Walnuts, for example.) You may also substitute ¼ cup cocoa powder
       for ¼ cup flour to make a chocolate chai or other chocolate flavored shortbread.
3)   Or substitute the almond meal with 1/3 cup stone ground whole wheat flour or
       stone ground cornmeal. (I buy these from the Country Store at the historic
       Colvin Run Mill on Route 7 in Great Falls. They are ground on site.) Experiment
       and Enjoy!!



Left...Blooming Tea and Japanese Tea Pot
Center...Various Tea Blends
Right (or Bottom)...Blooming Tea in a Glass Tea Pot



Easy Baking!!!