I’m going to let you in on my newest travel discovery: bed & breakfasts. I know, I know, they are not new, but they are new to me. There is nothing quite like staying in a cozy home away from home while travelling. I’ve stayed in a few recently and I’ve decided it is my favorite type of place to stay (Airbnb and VRBO are a close second). In my experience, the breakfast is amazing, the service is superb, the rooms are comfy, and the living area is inviting, so you actually have a place you can relax during the day. The other part that I really like is the goodies they leave in your room. One time I got fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and most recently there were English shortbread cookies awaiting me (we were in England after all). They even come with free refills! Move over hotel mini bars, B&B free treats are where it’s at.
I decided I needed to make these English shortbreads pronto. I’ve made a peanut butter version and a peppermint version, but never just plain old shortbread. But plain and old it is not- it’s classic and delicious! Classic and delicious also pairs really well with chocolate, but what doesn’t pair well with chocolate?
I got out my rolling pin and cookie cutter, and made them festive with some Valentine’s decoration. And since they are English, they have to be tea-shaped, right?
Start with the dough.
Roll it out and cut it with your favorite cookie cutter (like this teabag one!)
Dip and decorate.
Add the teabag string and paper.
Happy Valentine’s Day to my lovely readers!
P.S. Want to make these too? Buy your very own teabag cookie kit HERE!
- ½ cup + 1 tablespoon butter
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 ½ cups flour
- Combine the butter and sugar in a medium bowl. Mix until creamy. Add in the flour and mix it all together. It is easiest to mix with your hands.
- Take about half of the mixture and roll it into a ball. Place the ball on your floured surface and use your rolling pin to flatten the dough to about ½ inch thick. Cut with your cookie cutter. Repeat until you have cut out all of your cookies. Alternatively, you can cut into rectangles, similar to a more traditional English shortbread cookie.
- Place your cookies on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes. At this time, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Once the cookies are refrigerated, bake them in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they are light golden brown.
- Let cool on a baking sheet. Once cooled, melt chocolate in a double boiler. Dip the bottom of the cookies into the chocolate. Allow the cookies to dry on wax paper.