Maybe it's because I have always secretly loved Alice in Wonderland or just because having a tea party is so much fun. Dressing up, having cakes and tea. It brings out the little girl in me. I don't think there is any prettier way to add color to your average sugar cube than with these adorable royal icing flowers. They are so easy to make. I got these flowers at our local cake decorating shop but you could make your own. All you need is a little bit of royal icing to "glue" the flowers to the sugar cubes. Let them sit over night and then when you have your tea, drop one in and watch the flower float to the top as sugar cube melts. It will brighten your morning or put a smile on your guest's face at your next brunch.
Now I hear you-sweet just isn't your thing.How about a little bit of spice to take the edge out of that sweetness. These Hot Mexican Chocolate cookies will definitely wet your appetite.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room tempature
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees, with racks in the upper and lower thirds.
- In a medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
- In a large bowl, blend 11/2 cup sugar and butter, use an electric mixer on medium (if you have a kitchen maid, use that-trust me-it won't be as messy or hard to mix). Mix until sugar and butter are fluffy (around 2 minutes)
- Add eggs and beat to combine
- Gradually add flour mixture and beat until combined.
- In a small bowl, combine 1/4 sugar and cinnamon and chili powder (if using).
- Using a heaping tablespoon, form balls of dough and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Place a few inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets.
- Bake until cookies are set in center and they begin to crack-about 10 minutes, Rotate on rack half way through. 5 minutes on top, 5 minutes on bottom. Transfer cookies to cooling rack. If stored in air tight container, they will last a week.
Let me tell you-OMP can not keep his hands out of the cookie jar with these little babies! They are going to be in definite rotation.
A little sweet and a little spice for next special occasion or just to treat yourself. Come to think of it, isn't that what everyone needs in life? A special sweet occasion with a dash of spice. Enjoy!