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The season of tea, coffee and cookies

A batch of fresh baked cookies and a mug of hot tea or coffee are some of the delights of winter. A hot mug of either of the beverages in the cup of your hands simply feels cozy. They’re great for sipping while watching TV, talking with friends and family or when you feel too lethargic to part with your bed. With some cookies to nibble on besides your hot drink, even the brutal cold of the winter everything starts feeling secure.

Here are some interesting yet very simple recipes you could try out in your own kitchen this weekend.

Tea

Hot Ginger Tea: Hot ginger tea is excellent for those recovering from a cold and those who want to avoid it all together.

Ingredients:
4 ginger Aid Tea bags
2 pieces cinnamon sticks, each about 3 inches each
8 whole cloves
6 cups boiling water
2 orange slices

Procedure: Put tea bags, cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger and sugar into a large teapot. Pour boiling water over and allow to steep 3 minutes.  Remove tea bags and steep for 5 minutes.  To serve, pour tea into cups and float a quarter slice of orange in each cup.


Capputeano: Those who loved the mellow and milky taste of a cappuccino, can enjoy it in tea also. A bit of black tea, and some brown sugar make a nice alternative.

Ingredients: (Servings 2)
2 cups milk
2 tea bags, black
3 tbs brown sugar

Procedure: Heat milk and sugar together in a saucepan, almost to boiling. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and serve.

Coffee:
If drinking coffee is your cup of tea, here are some coffee recipes you’d like to try.

Irish coffee (2 servings) 
 
Ingredients:
2 cups strong coffee 
2 tablespoons orange juice 
2 teaspoons lemon juice 
Whipped cream  
 
Procedure: Mix coffee, orange juice and lemon juice. Pour into Irish whiskey glass and top with whipped cream.


Orange Coffee (2 servings) 
 
Ingredients:
1 cup strong coffee 
1 cup hot chocolate 
2 orange slices 
Whipped cream 
Dash of cinnamon 
 
Mix coffee and hot chocolate. Place one orange slice into each cup. Pour coffee mixture into cups. Top with whipped cream, and garnish with cinnamon


Cookies

Palatable for people of all ages, cookies are popular items all year round, only more so in the winter.

Coconut Cookies

Ingredients: Two eggs, 2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup milk, 1 cup melted shortening or oil, 3-1/2 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Procedure: Beat eggs, add sugar, milk, and melted shortening or oil, and mix well. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together and add to the first mixture. Add vanilla and mix well. Chill. Roll out thin on a slightly floured board. Cut dough with a round fluted cutter, brush each cookie with a little milk, and sprinkle with coconut. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake in a moderate oven (350ºF) about ten minutes or until brown.

Chocolate Drop Cookies

Ingredients: 2 cups sifted cake flour, 1/2 teaspoon soda, dash of salt, 1/2 cup butter, or other shortening, 2/3 cup brown sugar firmly packed, 1 egg well beaten, 3 squares Baker's unsweetened chocolate, melted, 1/2 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 cup walnut meats, broken.

Procedure: Sift flour once, measure, add soda and salt, and sift together twice. Cream butter thoroughly, add sugar gradually, and cream together until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well. Add chocolate and blend. Add flour, alternately with milk, a small amount at a time. Beat after each addition until smooth. Add vanilla and nuts. Drop from teaspoon on greased baking sheet and bake in moderate oven (350ºF) about 7 minutes. Frost with chocolate butter frosting, if desired.

 

 

 
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