Friday, April 10, 2009

Foodie Friday - Rabbit Heads :)

Hello, Dear Ones! Welcome to another Foodie Friday hosted by our Most Famous Diva of Everything - Gollum! Pop in to her blog - Designs By Gollum - and you'll see many participating showing their wondrous concoctions of food!

I did a little baking! Since it's almost Easter, I made Rabbit Heads for you! See?
I found a set of Rabbit Head cookie cutters in five sizes and just had to bake some cookies.
Now these cookies aren't just cookies, Dear Ones, they're Tea Cakes! I'm going to tell you a little story and you know how much I love to tell you my little stories! :) I grew up in Alabama and when I was a little girl about once a week in the summertime, my Mother and I would go to visit Ms. Burt! She was a little old lady, sweet as could be and always had a jar filled with Tea Cakes!
I can just hear her now, "Shelia, honey, if you want a Tea Cake go on in the kitchen and get you a handful." Well, lickity split - I did. Those were the fattest softest butteryest melt in your mouthness Tea Cakes you could ever imagine!


I've been making these Tea Cakes for my family for more years than I want to tell you! This is a big fat soft cookie. I suppose you could bake it longer and it would be crispier, but it's supposed to be a softee! It's not a really sweet cookie either. My children have helped me cut out shapes and frost them, put on sprinkles, chocolate chips for eyes and sometimes, we've just left them alone and ate the socks off them. Every time I host a tea party, I always have some of these wonderful bringing back memories Tea Cakes.
This is the smaller Rabbit Head and I chose to just drizzle on some chocolate.

This is the large Rabbit Head - about two normal sized cookies and I piled on more chocolate.
These really are good. I hope you'll try them!

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Tea Cakes

1 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Shortening
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 2 Tbsp. cold water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Blend shortening and sugar. Add eggs and remaining ingredients and mix well. Add enough flour to make a stiff dough (about 3 cups). These cookies may be rolled to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut out with cookie cutters or dropped by rounded tablespoonfuls and pressed with a glass dipped in sugar. Place on greased sheet and bake in a 350' oven until very lightly browned. Makes a thick, soft cookie.

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Chocolate Drizzle

1 stick butter or oleo, melted
1 C. sugar
1/3 C. evaporated milk
1/3 C. Hershey's chocolate syrup

Bring butter, sugar and milk to a boil and boil for about two minutes. Remove from heat and stir til blended the chocolate syrup
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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

The Cookie Song

Oh, the sky has turned grey,
And the world seems sad and blue.
All the laughter's gone away.
Guess there's just one thing to do...

C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C

C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C

A round cookie with one bite out of it
Looks like a C.
A round pita bread with one big bite out of it
Also looks like a C,
But it's not as good as a cookie.
Oh...
And the moon sometimes looks like a C,
Yes the moon sometimes looks like a C,
But you can't eat that, SO...

C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C

C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C

Cookie, Cookie, Cookie,
Cookie, Cookie, Cookie starts with C!
~sung by Cookie Monster!


41 comments:

  1. Rabbit heads! Who would have thought?...yum!

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  2. SUCH A SWEET MEMORY SHELIA. MY GRANDMA MADE TEA CAKES. I BET YOUR RECIPE WOULD BE DELICIOUS WITH HOT TEA! EASTER BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

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  3. Oh how cute and yummy!

    All the best,
    Allison

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  4. Hi Shelia :)

    I've missed you! I'm glad you had such a great time your baby girl and son-in-law. I would like some of that food from the needle please... yum!!

    These cookies are perfect for Easter and you have solved my issue of what to have for dessert. Thank you :)

    hugs,
    rue

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  5. Oh and Happy Easter sweet friend!!!

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  6. I didn't have a tea cake recipe until now--maybe I'll make some "head" for Easter! Loved the story too! Happy Easter!

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  7. What a lovely blog post and such a sweet story. these cookies look Bunny-liscous. Thanks for sharing, Barb

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  8. Those look so good, my mouth was watering as I was looking at them. I'll take a plain one please!

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  9. That's the Cookie monster's song...I know it.
    Sheila your cookie next to Chloe Dawn... they look alike. So funny and oh so yummy... not Chloe the Rabbit.
    Happy Sweet Easter
    Love Claudie
    xo

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  10. Shelia, you are a dear for sharing another great story and recipe for today's FF! And you bet I took that recipe and fattened up my collection some more. I'll make these with my children tomorrow and I'll show them off soon, ok? Thank you, thank you!

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  11. I love the sweet story that went along with your post! I copied the recipe because I love a soft cookie like that!

    Thanks so much Hoppy Easter!
    ~Really Rainey~

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  12. Not only do they look cute but they sound delicious. Thanks for sharing your story and the recipe. Now the cookie song will be stuck in my head all weekend long. I hope I don't start humming it out loud at church on Easter morning:) Happy Easter.
    Joyce

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  13. What a cute cookie cutter -- I also saw it as a rabbit -- the back end of a rabbit -- frost with icing and then put a mini marshmallow or dab of icing where the tail would be! Loved your story and the recipe sounds yummy. I do envy you your rabbit cutter!

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  14. Oh Sheila,

    You are cracking me up! The cookie monster song! Madison and I were just singing that song the other day and could not remember all the words. Now I can print this out and we can try again! I love making cookies and decorating them with my kids! They love it too. If I include my foster kids they range in age from 5 months to 25 years! You are NEVER too old for cookies!!

    Have a wonderful Easter!

    Karyn

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  15. Cute and delicious rabbit heads, Shelia!!

    Happy Easter!!

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  16. I'm off to make these cookies! OMGOSH! Thank you for sharing! This was such a neat Post....the pics are great, too!

    Blessings to you for a beautiful Easter...God is good!

    xoRebecca

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  17. Cute little rabbits! I'm saving this recipe it sounds like a winner -so soft and chewy.....Robyn

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  18. I love these tea cakes and the story that goes with them! I wish I had one now with my coffee. Hugs to you and yours. Have a wonderful Easter!
    G

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  19. These look sooooo good. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I can't wait to try them. Happy Easter, Hugs, Marty

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  20. YUMMY!! tose look and sound wonderful Pickle..May you and your family have a wonderful Easter...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  21. Hello Sheila, your story and cookies are looking so delicious. I love the rabbit heads. Perfect for Easter. Actually I should say tea cakes. I am baking some tea cakes for sure. Did I ever tell you how much I love to bake? It was my passion for so many years. Now, not as much but your recipe got me going. I love the cookie song too. I don't have a rabbit head but I have the most adorable chick. It is vintage and I have never used it before. Yep, you got me going and I'm all excited.

    Wishing you and your family the most delightful Easter.

    Love...Jeanne

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  22. Hello there! Little bunny tea cakes ~ how unique. Just like you! Hope your Easter is joyous, dear blog friend.

    I must take the name test soon.

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  23. oh Sheial,thank you so much.my Mom used to make these.i have tried a few recipes,none were like hers.this one sounds right.i so appeciate this.if i can muster the energy i am going to make then today....
    just for that,ha will you please come pick up your fan award at my blog.it just means i am a fan of yours and i am...ann

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  24. Those are my kinda cookies... easy decorating... YUM!!!
    ENJOY your weekend!
    Fifi

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  25. Those are my kinda cookies... easy decorating... YUM!!!
    ENJOY your weekend!
    Fifi

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  26. Hey Sheila I made the cookies. They are wonderful. I will be posting them tomorrow. I made chicks and eggs and used colored sugar and confetti. Thank you Sheila, I had so much fun. My cousin did too.

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my post.

    Love...Jeanne

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  27. They look yummy and you chose the perfect song for your post too!
    *hugs*

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  28. Miss Shelia~ I was taken back a bit by "Rabbit Heads!" I was hoping it wasn't as it read...To my (welcomed) surprise, it was the sugary confection kind of rabbit head. I'm not familiar with this particular recipe...So I'm very excited to try making them. I hope I can wait from biting an ear before the drizzle!

    I'm glad you got to see the gigantic fountain in Seattle. Next time Salty's Sunday brunch is the must do. It's amazing! The panoramic view, complimentary scones and mini donuts, Not to mention the MARVELOUS buffet.

    I have an Easter treat you'll enjoy, stroll on over.

    Sweet wishes,
    Sara

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  29. Hi there, I just discovered your blog and I've enjoyed reading it! I've always wondered what tea cakes really were, thanks for posting and Happy Easter to you!

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  30. Phew, I got nervous when I read the title..you know this time of year I see lamb heads in the meat market...creeps me out..
    But I would bite the ears off one of your bunnies without a second thought.
    I copied the recipe..Will make the tea cakes with my little gkids ..watch the flour fly! :)
    Happy Easter...
    In your Easter bonnet..
    With all the frills upon it..
    You'll be the grandest lady
    In the Easter Parade...
    You always sing to us, so I had to sing for you!

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  31. LOL They look delicious, Sheila...I was all prepared for pink bunny ears...big blue eyes..and suddenly...there was this yummy topping...LOL..and for just one second..I thought.."Now what is she all mad at that bunny about!! LOL I must give this a try. They look delicious! Sorry...still giggling..
    HUGS and love to you my friend..and have a wonderful Easter!!!
    Mona

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  32. Oh boy, this sounds easy ! Have a wonderful weekend Sheila !

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  33. those sound so so good...and something grandkids would LOVE..
    yummy....
    xo bj

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  34. The Bunny heads are too cute - will have to look for that cutter! Already copied and pasted the Tea Cake recipe..sounds perfect!!

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  35. Those look so yummy, but GASP, there's no BUTTER in that recipe!!!!!!

    Justiney :o )

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  36. Love your story and recepie Shelia but the best part for me is the Cookie Monster song!

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  37. Oh I will be making these! How wonderful of you to share this recipe. I may just make the choclate drizzle and eat all of it! (Sorry, I am a chocoholic, and I'm very afraid that the drizzle will never make it on to the tea cakes). Yours turned out so pretty. laurie

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  38. I'm a soft-cookie-girl, so these are perfect for me!! Cute idea to drizzle chocolate - I'll bet they taste amazing!

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  39. SHEILA,I AM SO HAPPY.I MADE THE TEACAKES YESTERDAY.THEY ARE EXACTLY LIKE MY MOMS.I COULD JUST KISS YOU.................THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH...ANN

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