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Bert’s Thumprint Tea Cookies & Grote Bakery Tea Cookies


I do think these are even “shorter”/richer/a  bit more crumbly than the Bakery cookies due to the high butter content. They are delicious and very delicate. For Rob who requested this. I’m checking with Busken’s and Servatti’s to see if they will tell me what their cookies contain. Sometimes an egg is added to bakery tea cookies. These are from friend Bert, who was my catering partner. These cookies were always a big hit.

I’m also sharing a recipe from our local paper, the Enquirer, from a few years back for another bakery’s (Grote’s)  tea cookies, this time using a cookie press. You can use Bert’s icing for these, as well.

Anyway, does anybody else have a favorite tea cookie to share?

1 cup (2 sticks)  unsalted butter, softened

3  tablespoons granulated sugar

1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 400.  Cream butter. Add sugar, then everything else.  Pinch off in teaspoonful measurements and roll into balls.  Flatten with thumb.  Bake on sprayed or greased sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes – be careful, cookies should be just golden in color when baked.  If necessary, “rethumb” when they come out of the oven. Put a dollop of icing in the indentation after they are cool.

Bert’s Frosting: Blend together:

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 T cocoa

2 T hot water

1/2 t vanilla


1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cup pastry flour (note from Rita – this is a “soft” flour – White Lily is a good one to use if you can’t find true pastry flour since White Lily is made from soft southern wheat)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream shortening, slowly adding sugar. Add vanilla and eggs, mixing well. Slowly add flour until blended.

Use cookie press or drop by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheet.

Bake 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

I found this recipe in the Cincinnati Enquirer archives. The article is here:

According to the author, this is the Grote Bakery’s version of tea cookies scaled down for the home baker. I only found it today, so I haven’t tried it yet. However, the originals at Grote were much like the Tea Cookies at Graeters and Busken’s. Unfortunately, it did not come with the recipe for the icing.

I hope this helps!

Click here to view: http://www.recipelink.com/msgbrd/board_14/2010/NOV/35736.html

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