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Oh my goodness. So last night I tried to make french macarons. Fail. I still wanted some delicious tea cookie treat and I had the ingredients for shortbread cookies.

I got to the part with a tsp of vanilla, opened the cabinet and yelled “NO VANILLA!” because I ran out last weekend and forgot to get more. However…I DID have banana extract. So I tried banana shortbread cookies. To complete the odd cookie, I sandwiched them together with some nutella between. BAM! Banana shortbread nutella cookie sandwiches. THE PERFECT thing to accompany a smooth, strong, simple cup of tea.

With sweet things I tend to want a plainer tea, instead of my regular dessert tea. So the earl grey was the perfect touch. This is also the best earl grey I’ve ever had.

OH! The shortbread cookie recipe:

2 sticks of butter softened (I wrapped them in parchment paper and smooshed them around with my hands on a cutting board, then microwaved for 20 seconds)
1/4 Cup of white sugar
2 Cups of flour
1 tsp of flavor extract

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix the softened butter and sugar until well blended. Add extract and mix. Add flour and blend it all together (I use my hands for this). Grease cookie sheet, roll dough into 1 inch balls and flatten. Bake for 10 minutes, let cool on tray for 10 minutes, move to cooling rack for 30 minutes…then they are ready to make into sandwiches if you want.

one more edit this makes about 2 dozen cookies. The original recipe called for double all this and that was just too much for me.

whatshesaid

It’s kind of my goal to try and make french macarons sometime but the prospect is slightly terrifying. I haven’t even mastered a pie crust yet so I don’t want to get ahead of myself, haha

Jackie T

I totally bombed them hahaha, I knew it was a risk when I started but in the end I decided to support a local business and just buy them there. I’ll stick to making shortbread cookies instead.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I love baking! Those cookies sound shortbread cookies sound good! And I love baking pies. I’ve been baking them for years, but only recently felt like I’ve gotten any good at the crust.

OMGsrsly

It’s so weird how everyone has such different luck with macarons. I tried making them, and they came out hollow but otherwise pretty and edible. I want to try making them again, because I’d really like some that aren’t hollow! The shortbreads sound so cool, I might have to try them. :)

OMGsrsly

It’s so weird how everyone has such different luck with macarons. I tried making them, and they came out hollow but otherwise pretty and edible. I want to try making them again, because I’d really like some that aren’t hollow!

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whatshesaid

It’s kind of my goal to try and make french macarons sometime but the prospect is slightly terrifying. I haven’t even mastered a pie crust yet so I don’t want to get ahead of myself, haha

Jackie T

I totally bombed them hahaha, I knew it was a risk when I started but in the end I decided to support a local business and just buy them there. I’ll stick to making shortbread cookies instead.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I love baking! Those cookies sound shortbread cookies sound good! And I love baking pies. I’ve been baking them for years, but only recently felt like I’ve gotten any good at the crust.

OMGsrsly

It’s so weird how everyone has such different luck with macarons. I tried making them, and they came out hollow but otherwise pretty and edible. I want to try making them again, because I’d really like some that aren’t hollow! The shortbreads sound so cool, I might have to try them. :)

OMGsrsly

It’s so weird how everyone has such different luck with macarons. I tried making them, and they came out hollow but otherwise pretty and edible. I want to try making them again, because I’d really like some that aren’t hollow!

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Born and raised in Connecticut, went to college in Vermont, and moved back to work after a year of service.

I love sweet, decadent, desserty teas the most but I also appreciate a strong refreshing cup of green or white tea. I recently started a matcha smoothie morning, sometimes mate or black tea, then black tea and rooibos throughout the day, and whatever my little heart desires most when I get home from work!

I’m obsessed with Della Terra, DAVIDs, and 52teas because they have the best dessert teas but also have a selection of some more straight things too. Recently tried Simpson and Vail and LOVE them too!!

I don’t have a rating system, I just kind of guess. I think I should make a rating system…

85-100 I want this in my cupboard always
75-85 I like it but I’m not rushing out to buy more immediately
60-75 Probably not going to want more than the sample
40-60 I don’t like this tea, I wouldn’t recommend it, and I won’t drink it again
0-40 This wasn’t even worth the sip.

Ok let’s try that for a bit now.

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