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Easter Tea Cakes

Since we have lived over seas a lot,, we have learned to make Easter without being able to buy it in a store.  When my kids were growing up, we could never just go to the store and buy an Easter basket like parents do in America.  I learned to put Easter baskets together for my kids. I also learned that a plastic bucket for playing in the sand is much more practical than a basket.  They had something to gather eggs with and something to play with after Easter if I got them a plastic sand bucket.  I searched out candy that looked like eggs like peanut M&M’s or jelly beans.  I made sure they each had a chocolate bar since there were no chocolate Easter bunnies in the stores to buy.  I still remember my oldest son when we lived in Nigeria. He was only 2 years old, and he was completely in love with that chocolate bar!  He laid in the floor in the living room eating it acting like he was in Heaven with chocolate all over his face.  Here in Korea, even though there are lots of Churches, I never see Easter baskets, decorations, or candy in the stores. The only sign you will see of Easter in Korea is people running around giving out boiled, colored Easter eggs, even to random people they don’t know.  We always have to be imaginative to celebrate Easter.

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The plastic egg

My daughter and son in law are too old for Easter baskets.  However, we still want to do something.  My daughter decided to buy some plastic eggs that had candy and miniature toys in them that were not necessarily made for Easter. We had discussed making things egg shaped, and she bought the plastic eggs to use to make Easter things.  I began the Easter making today.  I made egg shaped tea cakes, or thick cookies. 20190417_155312-862881350.jpg

I preheated the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

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I put 1/2 cup of powdered sugar in a big bowl.
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I added a cup of butter.
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I put 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

 

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I mixed them all together.

I began with 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, and I added 1 cup of soft butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and mixed the three together.

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I added 2 1/4 cups of flour.
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I had to knead the dough with my hands to get all the flour mixed in.

Next, I added 2 1/4 cups of flour.  It was a little hard to mix in, so I ended up having to get my hands in the dough and knead the flour into it.

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I added 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts.  You can see my old cookbook in the background. It has been used and used and has traveled all over the world.  I am at the point that I look, but I really don’t follow the recipes anymore.  I looked before I began today to get ideas, but I didn’t end up using any of their recipes. I adapted things that different people had thought of and added my own thoughts and came up with these tea cakes through creativity. Creativity is how I cook.

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After that, I added 3/4  of a cup of chopped walnuts and mixed them in.

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I cleared off a place and covered it with tin foil.
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I used half the plastic egg as a cookie cutter.
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I stretched the dough out thick because I wanted to make tea cakes.
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My egg shaped cookies before I put them in the oven.

I cleared a place off and covered it with tin foil.  I put a little flour there, and I stretched the dough out. I left it thick because I wanted the tea cakes to be thick.  I used half of the plastic egg like a cookie cutter.  I cut out cookies in the shape of eggs.

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The eggs shaped cookies as I took them out of the oven.

I baked them for 15 minutes. They were just beginning to turn brown.

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I rolled them in powdered sugar while they were still warm.
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After I rolled them in powdered sugar, I left them to cool.

I took them out of the oven and rolled them in powdered sugar while they were still warm, then I let them cool.20190417_172326-1052308060.jpg

When they cooled, I rolled them in powdered sugar again, and they are finished, and delicious!  They will make a perfect Easter treat!

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