Mrs. Baines kindergarten class exams, smells, plays a game and makes a spicy tea mix during an Interactive Spice Workshop with Ellie Markovitch. Children crushed, pounded, and pestled spices and also tasted them in the form of a tea. No tea party is complete without cookies with spicy toppings. Thank you Susan Baines for the photos and her class for the lovely cards!
Spicy Tea Mix recipe:
Sugar Cookies recipe:
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks), softened
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl; set aside
Mix sugars, juice, eggs until well combined. Add flour mixture. Refrigerate cookies until firm and then make 1-inch ball cookies. on medium speed 30 seconds. Add butter; mix until pale and fluffy, about 1 minute. Mix in eggs, 1 at a time, and then the lemon juice. Reduce speed; gradually add flour mixture, and mix until just combined.
Bake cookies until golden, about 8 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes.
When cool, sprinkle Garam masala spice, ground cinnamon or unsweet cocoa powder.