When I polled tea drinkers on various facebook groups, guess what the most common dessert to have with tea was?
Nope, not scones. Shortbread.
Shortbread is a very light, delicate cookie, very dainty and perfect for an afternoon tea time treat. It is light in flavor, yet sweet making it easy to pair with about any cup of tea. Whether it be black, green, or your favorite herbal.
These short bread cookies though.
They probably shouldn't be so yummy, it just means that I eat too many. It's a good thing they are free of any refined sweetener, sugar free and made with a whole grain flour. Healthier for sure, and dare I say even more flavor?!
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Shortbread cookies are not only great for tea time but also for gifting. Maybe it's a housewarming, or maybe your sending condolences to a loved one or friend, or the perfect gift at Christmas time.
What ever the reason may be, they help bring smiles to faces and good cheer all around. Unless of course its January and dieting season... then maybe another gift would be more appropriate. ::wink wink::
Lets talk about the chocolate for a minute shall we? Speaking of health and dieting and all of that.
Did you know that chocolate is packed full of nutrients?
Yep, chocolate is actually a medicinal herb full of not just magnesium, zinc, and iron, but its also full of antioxidants. Those little guys that scrub out the bad guys.
Now this doesn't mean all chocolate. Just the good quality dark stuff ranging between 70-80% cocoa.
According to Medical News Today, dark chocolate may help to reduce inflammation in the body, help to prevent oxidative stress, improve blood flow and lower blood pressure, may lower cholesterol, and improve brain function.
You totally wanted to hear that chocolate was good for you right?! I hear ya! Its pretty great news, huh?
Can't get much better than that right? Wrong.
How about making your own chocolate? At home? When ever you want? Did you know you could do that?
I didn't! But when my inability to consume sugar without my throat swelling had me without anything other than 100% cocoa for chocolate options that made me super sad.
Until I discovered making my own chocolate and now the possibilities are endless. It's super simple and homemade chocolate is what takes these shortbread cookies over the top!
Ready to learn how? Let's go!
Now that you have your practically-health-food-medicinal-chocolate-cookies (see what I did there?) tea time no longer has to be full of ultra white flour and sickenly sweet desserts. These cookies won't leave you feeling like your about to have an insulin reaction.
And they taste fantabulous to boot! (I know that isn't a word, but hey, it sounds cool).
Now, the real decision is.... what to put in your cuppa to enjoy them with? Let me know your favorite sip below!
My name is CeAnne, wife to my Farmer and mama to 4 adopted kiddos. I help farm lov'n mama's (and grandmas) turn common herbs into powerful medicines without being overwhelmed. Here you will find all sorts of nourishing goodness on natural medicine, herb gardening and wholesome real foods. Read more about our farm HERE.