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English Tavern Cookie recipe

English Tavern sugar cookie recipe
To quote from the recipe’s source:
“Virginia has many old English recipes which have been cherished along with her other traditions. Tavern Biscuits still have a special place on the Afternoon Tea menu in many a plantation house.”


Butter, well softened 1/2 cup

4 oz SugarĀ  3/4 cup

5 1/2 oz Nutmeg

1/4 tsp Mace 1/2 tsp

All purpose flour 2 cups

8 ozs Milk 1/2 cup

Yield 24 cookies.
Tools: Electric mixer, Scales, Clean spoon, Baking sheets, Cooling rack

Set the oven to 450F/ Mark 3.
Prepare three baking sheets.

Cream the butter and sugar for four minutes at top speed until light and fluffy.

Half way through the mixing add the spices. Stop the mixer, remove the bowl and add the flour.

Using a knife or spoon mix in the bulk of the flour to prevent it flying round the kitchen when the mixer gets going again. Mix at slow speed for two minutes as the mix gets a ‘mealy’ appearance.

Keep the mixer running and add the milk dribbling it slowly into the mixer bowl.

Mix for a further two minutes so that it is has an even consistency.

Using a desert spoon to lift and a teaspoon to drop onto the baking sheet, place teaspoon sized blobs onto the sheets, say nine to a sheet to allow some room for expansion.

Bake until light brown, say about 10 to 12 minutes. These cookies benefit from the sheets being turned after five minutes to keep the cooking even.

When done, they are pale in the center and going brown at the edge.

A delightful delicate flavor with the hint of spice to complement your afternoon tea or morning coffee.

Go to the top of this page to read the recipe for soft, tasty English Tavern cookies.

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