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tea and cookies (over the rim treats for mom)

I feel like I’ve been seeing these over-the-rim cookies popping up everywhere. But then, I search for such things because of this gig. Regardless, I wanted to try and make them. Here’s a Mother’s Day idea for the tea and/or coffee and/or milk drinker: tea and dunkable cookies.

I’ve included a pdf printout for you that includes instructions for the recipient (it’s really not that difficult, you simply add tea to hot water and sit the cookie on the rim of the glass, but just in case the gift recipient looks at these cookies that look like Storm Trooper helmets and wonders what they are) and a little Mother’s Day to make tea and cookies

you will need:*
circle cookie cutter (about 2 inches)
assorted food colors
frosting bags
decorating tips (sizes 2 and 4)
rubber bands
tea or coffee
this printout and letter-sized photo paper, if desired

*Find most of the above at the craft store, though for coloring, I prefer Americolor Soft Gel Pastes. Use any colors you like, but I used Bright White background and Electric Pink, Orange, Sky Blue and Electric Green for details. You’ll need one bag, coupler, tip and rubber band per color. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE.

how to make tea and cookies:

step one: bake your cookies
Make and chill dough according to recipe. Roll out and cut out circles. With knife, cut out slit (I made mine about 3/8 inch wide and about 1 inch to the center of the cookie. Some of mine leaned forward a bit on the rim of the mug, so I probably should’ve cut them a bit further up.) Bake according to recipe and let cool.step two: make your frosting
Prepare your frosting and mix your preferred colors. Prepare frosting bags with couplers and decorating tips, fill with colors, and close tightly with rubber bands. Use the size “4” tip for the background color and size “2” tips for the detail colors. (NOTE: Make the most, about 1 cup or more, of your background color, and only use half of it to fill the frosting bag.)step three: decorate your cookies
To flood the background, pipe an outline around the cookie, being sure to also pipe around the slit. Let set about 15 minutes. Thin the reserved frosting of the same color with water, a few drops at a time, until the consistency of very thick glue. With a small spoon or squeeze bottle, pour some on the cookie inside the outline. Let flood to edges, encouraging with the back of the spoon if needed. Let set well, at least a couple hours, or even overnight. Pipe details with the rest of the colors. Let cookies dry overnight.
step four: assemble
Wrap as desired. I used cupcake liners for the tea and cookies. You can print out this instruction card and gift tag HERE on 8 1/2 x 11 inch photo paper, if desired.

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  1. PaisleyJade
    Posted April 17, 2010 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    They are too cute!!

  2. Haniela
    Posted April 17, 2010 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    these are so adorable. what a cool idea!

  3. Beth
    Posted April 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! Why can't I ever think of anything this cute and useful? I'm going to make them for a coffee I'm hosting this week!

  4. Wonder Mom
    Posted April 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Guess what I will now be giving teachers as their end of the year presents? GREAT idea!!!

  5. Chic Cookies
    Posted April 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Oh, you guys are way too nice to me!

  6. Jenny
    Posted April 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    what a great idea! this might be just what i needed to give away as party favors.

  7. Brisbane Baker
    Posted April 18, 2010 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    cute! I saw similar cookies on I am Baker for valentines day.

    LOVE this idea :)

  8. Gray
    Posted April 18, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    So Cute! Ive never seen these before…an adorable idea.

  9. Chic Cookies
    Posted April 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    thanks! I love i am baker! She's the cleverest. I don't remember the Valentine's cookies, so I'll go search! I've also seen a gingerbread house version at not martha for Christmas. It was incredible… I can't remember where else I've seen them… Martha maybe?

  10. kristi
    Posted April 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Sadly I have never seen these before…but I LOVE them. Thanks for sharing!

  11. TidyMom
    Posted April 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I have NEVER seen these!!! How stinkin cute are they?!!……we were BIG cookie dunkers growing up…and my kids would always get up on grandpa's lap to dunk cookies in coffee with him…… that he's gone it's one of their fondest memories of their grandpa!! I bet my mom would LOVE these!!

  12. Anonymous
    Posted April 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    These are cute. I saw this idea on I am Baker as well.

  13. faithy, the baker
    Posted April 19, 2010 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    so cute! such a brilliant idea!

  14. I run for cake!
    Posted April 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Super cute idea! Your cookies are always amazing! I love how you sketch out step by step instructions!

  15. Sue Sparks
    Posted April 19, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Perfectly beautiful! What a great gift…my Mother-in-law loves tea and coffee and cookies! :)

    Posted April 19, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Ooh I love these! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  17. Lisa
    Posted April 21, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Very cute idea, I love it!

  18. bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted April 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I saw these featured on another blog…I should have KNOWN they were yours! Such a sweet idea for a Mother's Day tea!

  19. The Caswells
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    I just want to thank you! This is the cutest idea! We total had to make them for our Mothers! My girls love to bake! Thanks again for the inspiration!! YOU ROCK!! I posted your link on my blog.. hope you don't mind!

  20. Brooke
    Posted May 8, 2010 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this great idea! My mum would love it… in fact, who wouldn't:)

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