Tea Buddies

I got creative last night. I was craving some tea cakes. I’m OBSESSED with Effie’s OatCakes, so I looked for a similar recipe to the ingredients listed on the bag. The recipe I found was quite British, and therefore perfect. I made some tweaks and in the final stages, stemming from my lack of any non-Christmas or non-canine cookie cutters, I settled for a gingerbread man. Tea Buddies were born, and I love them!

Ingredients:
– 1.5c rolled OR old fashioned oats (I chop mine 20 pulses in the food processor to get the correct texture)
– 1.5c flour
– 0.5c granulated sugar
– 0.5c brown sugar
– 0.5t baking soda
– 1t coarse salt
– 1c COLD butter
– 3T milk
– 0.5t vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add oats, flour, sugars, soda, and salt in bowl. Combine thoroughly.
  3. Cube in cold butter and rub with your fingers until the texture is crumbly (bread crumb-esque).
  4. Combine milk & vanilla. Add liquid mixture to crumbly flour butter mixture. Stir with spoon and combine well (add another 1T of milk if necessary).
  5. Form mix into a ball – flour work surface and roll out dough ball to ~1/2″ thick.
  6. Cut with your gingerbread man cookie cutter (or ANY cookie cutter). Place on cookie sheets. The cookies don’t rise or expand much so they can be placed quite close together.
  7. Bake 10 – 15 minutes until the edges have just started to brown (I burned some of mine because I’m awful at getting them all the same thickness, still tasted great).
  8. Cool on wire rack or tea towel, serve once cool or save for later!

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