book and tea

One of life’s little luxuries is reading a good book while nibbling a delicious treat. Think I’m wrong? Well, then you haven’t tried it. Because, um, hello?! Who doesn’t want to sip tea, eat a dainty cookie, and indulge in a great book?

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite books and the recipe for one of my favorite treats. Combined, they make for a perfectly luxurious afternoon.

The Book


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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton 

Up for a story that spans three generations and travels two continents while peeling back the layers of a family’s secret past?

If you like books where by some miracle all the pieces fit together in the end, this book is for you.


The Treat

book and tea


My favorite tea cookies are raspberry thumbprint tarts. Not only are these little bites of bliss amazing, they are also easy to make, easy to freeze, and tiny enough you can sneak a couple while walking through the kitchen without anyone noticing.

With a shortbread base, a sweet center, and a little vanilla glaze to pull it all together, these cookies are perfect to accompany your favorite book!

The Recipebook and tea time

Preparation time: 45 minutes

Baking time: 14 minutes

Makes: 3 1/2 dozen cookies


1/3 cup sugar

1 cup butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup raspberry jam


1 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract

2-3 teaspoons water

  1. Combine butter, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Make indentation in center of each cookie with thumb (edges may crack slightly). Fill each indentation with about 1/4 teaspoon jam.
  4. Bake 14-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  5. Combine all glaze ingredients in bowl with whisk until smooth. Drizzle over cookies.

Take time to enjoy a treat and a good book. It’s worth it.

Until next time, lovelies!

Xo Emma

book and tea