Most of us have not been to a tea party since those elementary school days with close friends and a few stuffed animals.
Which is why I thought it would be fun to invite my friend Courtney over for a little tea party before we left for school. I've known her since second grade! And thanks to her British parents, tea was always a regular part of our playdates. But we haven't seen each other - let alone had a tea party - in a long time.
It was so much fun! While catching up about our summers, we made four batches of cookies: chocolate peanut butter oatmeal, cinnamon pecan, gingersnap, and coconut macadamia. Baking is twice as fun with a friend.
I'll link to the recipes we used, but we also did a bit of experimenting:
Chocolate peanut butter oatmeal: we left out the chocolate and peanut butter chips and added Quaker oats instead.
Cinnamon pecan: it's just the basic Tollhouse recipe, but we substituted chopped pecans for chocolate chips and sprinkled cinnamon on top. These are also tasty if you add a pinch of salt on top right after they come out of the oven.
Gingersnap: We left this recipe intact.
Coconut macadamia: We added chopped macadamia nuts.
We only used about one third of the dough for each recipe - which believe me, allowed for more than enough cookies! I baked the rest of the dough the next day and brought it to school for the newspaper staffers.
From the center of the plate outward, the cookies are gingersnap, coconut macadamia, chocolate peanut butter oatmeal, and cinnamon pecan. Yumm! What are your favorite types of cookies?