Back in the day, Valentine’s Day held much anticipation of candy and little notes from my school friends. I remember in elementary school decorating little bags and boxes with pink and red hearts, covered in glitter in the hopes that I would get all sorts of little missives delivered. One year I even made my own valentines with paper doilies and red construction paper, and they may have been scented… (I thought they were beautiful but I don’t think my crush even noticed.) Besides notes filled with XOXO’s and friendship V-Day always meant some candy to take home!
Miss little Sweet Tooth loved getting candy, and so it was always a welcomed surprise to get a note taped to a morsel of chocolate. However, there was one candy I just never liked to eat — Sweethearts candies! They may be cute to look at and serve as a great item to glue onto my love mailbox, but they leave much to be desired when it comes to taste. I picked myself up a box for nostalgia’s sake; and thought it would be fun to use the ideas of sweet messages on sweets a try.
These tea cookies are so good, I mean so good! Infused with a black tea blend & lavender and coated with a lemon glazes, they are sure to make any heart sing. I found this cool stamp kit where you can form your own sayings: Text Me, Cutie Pie, Miss You, Hey Babe…you make up what ever message you’d like! My kit is from Flying Tiger this Danish dollar store, but I’ve seen similar kits around.
Let’s make some sweethearts for our Sweethearts!
Sweetheart Tea Cookies
Sweetheart candy inspired saying top these lavender and earl grey tea cookies! Bake sweethearts for your Sweetheart!
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon lavender extract
- 3 cups flour
- 1 earl grey tea bag (grind the leaves to a powder)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- For the glaze, 1-2 cups confectioners’ sugar and 1-2 Tablespoons lemon juice, plus food coloring and a pastry brush. That will be enough for two colors, but you can make more.
- Step 1 Note: The dough needs chill before rolling, so plan accordingly. I’ve made with recipe with Harney & Sons Paris blend tea, but you can use your favorite earl grey blend.
- Step 2 Sift the flour, ground tea leaves, baking powder, and salt together, set aside.
- Step 3 In an electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add the egg, lavender, vanilla and beat until combined.
- Step 4 Gradually add the flour mixture until the dough just comes together.
- Step 5 Remove bowl from standing mixer and roll the dough into two balls with your hands. Form each into a disk and wrap in plastic, let chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
- Step 6 Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Step 7 Roll each disk out to about 1/8 inch thickness
- Step 8 however, I air on the side of thicker than thin. A thicker cookie won’t get burnt on the edges as quickly. Roll at your own risk!
- Step 9 Cut out your heart shapes, then you can stamp your sweet phrases into the cutouts. I used a few solid oldies from the candies, but I had fun coming up with my own.
- Step 10 Bake on lined baking sheets for 10-12 minutes. Rotate the sheet halfway through baking. If using more than sheet in the oven, switch the position in the oven as well. You want an even bake!
- Step 11 Let cool on rack before decorating. Assemble the thin glaze by sifting 1/2-1 cup powdered sugar into a bowl, then whisk in about 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice. If using a cookie stamp then the glazes needs to be thinner, but if they are plain then make a thicker glaze. Coat the cookies by lightly brushing some glaze on top…make sure the words are readable.
Don’t forget to share these sweethearts with your Sweetheart!