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Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Tea Cookies

These little gems are what we call Easter Tea Cookies. They are made mostly from King Arthur White Whole Wheat and a bit of semolina. The rest of the recipe is simple, so I can't quite figure out why the outside has a light bounce to the bite that gives to an interior of moist, delicious cookie center. Whatever it is, they are so nice that Cauldron Boy swooned while biting into one. I don't think he even had time to taste it yet-just the texture is nice enough to bring on this type of reaction.

Enjoy with a hot pot of tea!

Easter Tea Biscuits
3/4 Cup White Whole Wheat (King Arthur)
1/4 Cup Semolina
1/8 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
2 Tbsp. Water
3/4 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
6-7 Dried Apricots (chopped)

Icing:
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
1-1 1/2 Tbsp. Milk or Soy Milk
(Whisked)


















Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper.

In a bowl, mix the flours, salt, and baking powder thoroughly. In a separate bowl, whisk the sugar, oil, water, and vanilla. Slowly and gently add the dry mix to the wet mix. Incorporate the apricots and form into 9-10 equal size balls. Place 2 inches apart on parchment paper and bake for 11-12 minutes.

Allow the cookies to cool before drizzling with icing. Sprinkle with dark chocolate shavings or whatever you like.


















Have a happy holiday weekend, My Dearies!

36 comments:

  1. can you substitute semolina for something else? if so, ideas?

    these look yummy (as does all your stuff), thank you for making so many vegan friendly recipes lately!

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  2. What a pleasant surprise to see these here! I ate so many semolina cookies as a kid - they have a lovely nutty taste and crunchy texture. Yours look so special, with the icing and the chocolate shavings :) I'm going to make these soon, for a taste of an almost forgotten pleasure!

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  3. Apricots are so underrated, it's nice to see them working their magic in a cookie!
    Please don't change your background colour. You are using a nice, large font and the grey coloured text is easy on the eyes. Plus, I love the snow. :)

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  4. Happy Easter Stella! These look yummy, and are guilt free! Apricots are my favorite, agreed with Valerie, completely underrated.

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  5. These really do look wonderful and we are big fans of apricots here. I found your blog by chance but I'll be back often. I've been reading through prior posts and what you do here is really interesting. Have a great day. Blessings...MAry

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  6. Those look great and the king arthur flour and seminola are a great combination with the apricots and chocolate

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  7. I would like to swoon down your way to pick up about a dozen of those babies.....he he!!

    Happy Easter Dearie!

    xoxo

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  8. I feel like having a bite, they r soooo gorgeous!!!

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  9. Stella, these look fabulous! Wow, I'm so impressed with your styling, too. The dried apricots add some nice chew.

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  10. look delicious! i can imagine the texture would be fantastic, and I love the whole wheat/apricot comvination for a breakfast sweet. the apricot adds a nice slightly tart contrast that's divine. looks great!

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  11. These look great! Happy Easter!

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  12. Yummy cookies! I love the apricots in it and lovely presentation.

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  13. Well, aren't these beautiful! Hope you have a nice weekend as well!

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  14. Those remind me of one of my favorite childhood snacks, plain white flour Chinese buns called man tou. Don't know if you've ever had them or know what I'm talking about. Except your cookies are kicked up a couple yummy notches ;-) And apricots with chocolate, what an awesome combo. Have a Happy Easter Stella!

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  15. Mmm, these look delightful, Stella! I love the glaze (good to know I can substitute soy milk -- I've never tried it before). The apricots are a wonderful touch!

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  16. Aw Crap. And yesterday I promised Drew that I wouldn't bake anything for another couple of weeks.
    I'm guessing that these kinds of promises are ok to break?
    These look so light and lovely. mmmmmmm

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  17. Dear Stella - I want some! I want some! These look awesome :)and with apricot too...swoon...

    Happy Easter!

    Wishing you and your family the best wishes of the season.

    Ciao, Devaki

    PS - I am still recovering from my Easter baking...been up till 2.00 AM & am a bit fuzzy round the edges :)

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  18. Yum is right! I'd like a couple of these on a plate right now to go along with the cup of tea I just made myself a few minutes ago. The texture sounds really, really intriguing. Let me say it again, "Yum!"

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  19. Oh Stella, you have been working very hard lately !!! How come I missed two of your posts? You are growing fast, in all senses ! Good job!
    and these cookies look lovely....don't know what this King Arthur thing is...though. Anyway, I trust you blindly...I would gadly eat them !!!
    Happy Easter

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  20. Happy Easter, Stella! I know it's just starting for you guys. It's back to reality for us over here tomorrow :(.

    Those look so decadent without being so. Well done!

    I normally don't bake anything for Easter since that's the hottest time of the year over here. Since my space is quite small, my place will be as hot as an oven if I bake anything.

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  21. they look really cute and yummy!

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  22. Oh, I would like one to go with my tea! KA white whole wheat flour has been my favorite flour lately, so I'm happy to see it featured here!

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  23. These look great! I love the use of apricots in these =)

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  24. Stella, thanks for your comment on my blog! :) These tea easter cookies with the dried apricots inside must be yummy!
    Happy Easter!

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  25. Awesome cookies :-)Stella, I hope you had a wonderful Easter

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  26. These look like perfect little sweet bites! Hope you had a great Easter!

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  27. I love biscuits that are crunchy on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside. These look fantastic and would be divine with a warm cup of tea.

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  28. I have a cookie recipe with apricots and pine nuts that we love. I love seeing apricots in your cookies! I've never used semolina in a cookie, but I would love to try these. They look fabulous, Stella!

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  29. Mm I love everything with semolina, it has that lovely mild taste! Your cookies look very appetizing!

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  30. You had me at semolina. I love cookies with just a touch of that corn flavor. Not too sweet and just, as you suggest, perfect for tea!

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  31. what a great little bite..so delilcate and full of flavor..love the apricots...great pics

    sweetllife

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  32. Hello Stella!

    To tell the truth i have never tasted buisqits like yours!
    But they look delicious in fotos!

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  33. Love the addition of semolina and apricots! If I had seen your recipe just 48 hours ago I would not have dumped all my apricots in the pudding! Oh well, next time for sure!

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  34. Stella, these look fabulous! Healthy and delicious I'm sure. I love the whole wheat and semolina flours.

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  35. wow these look so good.. and the photos are amazing.
    delish!

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