A simple, infallible mood-lifter, it’s easy to see how the custom of thwarting late afternoon fatigue with a steaming cup of black tea and cookies took hold. These 13 delicate cookies make ideal accompaniments for an afternoon cup.
These chocolate-dipped sandwich cookies are filled with a luscious mixture of pistachios and almond paste.
Punitions (French Shortbread Cookies)
Use a good salted butter with a high butterfat content, such as Kerrygold, to make these shortbread cookies.
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Perfumed with floral lavender, these fragile, crispy thin wafers are a delicate cookie to serve on their own or as a crisp contrast to creamy desserts like crème brulée, pudding, or pie.
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These traditional crumbly cookies from the Basilicata region of Italy are flavored with Strega, an Italian herbal liqueur, but Galliano, which can be found in most liquor stores, is a fine substitute.
Chewy Almond Macaroons
Light and crisp oatmeal cookies make a pleasant alternative to heavier treats. Dip them in melted chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt for a decadent, lacy crunch.
A Pernod-accented glaze gives these cookies their trademark anise flavor.
Called dream cookies because of their airy texture, these Swedish treats are meant to dissolve in your mouth when you eat them.
Akin to the famed Mexican wedding cookies, Greek
kourambiethes, and Southern pecan puffs, these crumbly shortbread crescents, made gluten-free with a variety of specialty flours, are showered with confectioners’ sugar while still hot from the oven.
Swiss Raspberry Preserve-Filled Sandwich Cookies (Spitzbuebe)
This recipe came from master baker and cookbook author Nick Malgieri. You can make and chill the dough for these cookies up to two days in advance.
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Galletas con Chochitos (Mexican Butter Cookies with Sprinkles)
These popular Mexican butter cookies are typically decorated with chocolate sprinkles.
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Scottish cooking authority Catherine Brown provided us with this recipe. Rice flour yields crisper shortbread, while that made with cornstarch is softer.
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Use this rich, buttery dough to make perfect tea cookies.
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