Take pleasure and drink in the floral notes at a lakeside tea table and setting. You’ll find an easy technique and recipe for Rosette Cookies with Almond Buttercream, a sweet treat and pairing with China Rose Petal Tea.
Welcome to the May edition of Tea on Tuesdays,
a celebration of all things ‘tea’
on the third Tuesday of the month!
Pam and I are excited to welcome our special guest and Monday Morning Blooms’ friend,
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse, today!
We’re glad you’re here, pour yourself a cuppa and join us . . .
I cut some peonies that are blooming to fill a pitcher for the table in celebration!
Peony season is short but sweet, so you have to gather ye peonies while ye may. ,-)
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An April Cornell ‘Felicity Rose’ tablecloth was a HomeGoods find a couple of years ago.
It provides some additional pretty-in-pink blooms and foundation for our lakeside table.
And a sweet friend surprised me with the gift of flowers for my birthday. . .
Wild Rose, Pansy, Hollyhock and Tea Rose. . .
in the form of spoons to add to my garden of blooming flatware. 🌺🌹🌸🌷
Pick your favorite flowered teacup to sip from today. . .
Taylors of Harrogate China Rose Petal Tea,
a China Congou black loose leaf tea layered with pink rose petals.
It’s a mellow, sweet-tasting tea with a wonderfully perfumed aroma,
ideal for serving with sweet treats or pastries in the afternoon.
Use a warmed teapot and add one teaspoon of tea per person.
Add freshly boiled water and infuse for 2-3 minutes.
Its full-bodied flavor with sweet fragrance can be enjoyed hot,
as well as iced in the summer months.
Napkin rings provide a bouquet of flowers to join hydrangea plates with butterfly details,
served up on black and white stripe bordered plates.
100 Years of Royal Albert 1940 English Chintz 3-Piece Tea Set is providing additional blooms for our tea!
I purchased the tea set in 2006 when it was introduced to celebrate Royal Albert’s 100th Anniversary.
The 100 Years of Royal Albert collection was revitalized with new sets and 3 new patterns in 2016.
Help yourself to a Almond Buttercream Rosette Cookie!
Creating rosettes with frosting is an easy and fun technique to dress up your cookies, cupcakes or cakes!
The piping tip does all the work, using a pastry bag filled with delicious Almond Buttercream Frosting.
Use a good quality almond extract to make this frosting.
If you’re not a fan of almond flavor or if you have a nut allergy, substitute vanilla extract instead.
This frosting recipe makes about 3 cups, enough for 24 cookies or cupcakes or a 9 x 13 cake.
Divide your frosting among 2 – 3 bowls depending on how many colors you would like
and tint with the food coloring of your choice.
To make a rosette with frosting, fill a piping bag fitted with an open star tip (1M or 2D)
and your buttercream frosting.
Hold your tip above the center of your cookie at a 90° angle and squeeze out frosting to form a star.
Without releasing pressure, raise tip slightly as you pipe a circle of frosting around the star
in a tight complete rotation, decreasing pressure when you reach
the outer edge of the cookie to create the rose.
You will need more buttercream frosting for a layered cake so adjust the recipe below accordingly.
You can store extra frosting in the fridge for up to one week or freeze it for up to one month.
If freezing the homemade almond buttercream,
be sure it’s placed inside a freezer-safe bag with as much of the air removed as possible.
This will help prevent freezer burn and keep the buttercream fresh.
Thaw in the fridge and use as you would normally.
Assorted Teacups / Grace Teaware, collected over the years
Royal Albert 100 Years 1940 3-Piece Set, 2006, used HERE
Hydrangea Plates / Grace Teaware, HomeGoods, several months ago
Black and White Striped Plates / Grace Teaware, HomeGoods, several years ago, used HERE
April Cornell ‘Felicity Rose’ Tablecloth / HomeGoods, couple of years ago
Assorted flatware / vintage
Napkin Rings / McKenzie-Childs, several years ago
Rosette Cookies with Almond Buttercream Frosting
- 1 M or 2 D piping tip
- piping bag
Almond Cookie Ingredients:
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
Almond Buttercream Ingredients:
- 1½ cups unsalted butter softened
- 5 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted
- 1½ teaspoons almond extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 to 4 tablespoons milk or cream
- Food coloring of choice
To make cookies:
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with a mixer at medium speed until creamy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add egg; beat well.
- In a medium bowl, sift together flour and salt. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating just until combined. Beat in almond extract. Refrigerate dough until chilled, about 1 hour.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to ¼-inch thickness. Using a 2½-inch round cutter, cut dough, rerolling scraps as necessary. Place on prepared pans.
- Bake until lightly golden around the edges, about 15 minutes. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
To make frosting:
- In a large bowl, beat butter with a mixer at medium speed until creamy.
- Add salt; gradually add confectioners’ sugar and almond extract, beating until smooth.
- Add 3 to 4 tablespoons milk or cream 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Makes about 3 cups.
- Divide among 2 – 3 bowls to tint with food coloring of choice. Add frosting to piping bags fitted with an open star tip and pipe rosette onto cookie.
To pipe rosette:
- To make a rosette with frosting, fill a piping bag fitted with an open star tip (1M or 2D) and buttercream frosting.
- Hold your tip above the center of your cookie at a 90° angle and squeeze out frosting to form a star.
- Without releasing pressure, raise tip slightly as you pipe a circle of frosting around the star in a tight complete rotation, decreasing pressure when you reach the outer edge of the cookie to create the rose.
- Use the buttercream on cupcakes, cookies or a 9 x 13 cake. You will need more buttercream frosting for a layered cake so adjust recipe accordingly.
- You can store any extra frosting in the fridge for up to one week or freeze it for up to one month. If freezing, be sure it's placed inside a freezer-safe bag with as much of the air removed as possible. This will help prevent freezer burn and keep the frosting fresh. Thaw in the fridge and use as normal.
- Sifting your powdered sugar first helps ensure there are no lumps in the finished frosting
- Use a good quality almond extract to make these cookies and frosting or substitute vanilla extract if you prefer or have a nut allergy.
You’re invited to join Pam and Lidy for tea today:
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I enjoyed your tea table immensely! I poured myself a cup of tea and imagined myself seating with you at your beautiful tea table. The peonies are so lovely!
Thank you so much Judith, so glad you could join us of tea! Happy Tuesday ♥
Good morning, Mary and Happy belated Birthday. The peonies are stunning (mine are already gone). The Felicity Rose cloth is the perfect foundation for your lakeside table. The rose petal tea sounds delicious and iced would be a great choice since we are in the 90’s. Please pass me an almond buttercream rosette cookie. On second thought pass me two. They look so pretty surrounding your peonies. The Royal Albert tea set is beautiful and provides more blooms for your table. I love all of the floral patterns that you used on your table, the mix is stunning. Now if only I could sit by the lake and enjoy a cup of tea and cookies…pure bliss!
It is always a treat to join you for a cuppa. Happy Tuesday!
Thank you so much! It’s always a treat to join you for teatime, Happy Tuesday! ♥
What a lovely table! I’m not good at piping icing but willing to try this because it looks so simple!!! My peonies are not open yet but with a few more warm days with sun, and they will pop…can’t wait! The smell will be heavenly! My father’s favorite flower! Thanks for sharing!
P.S. I missed who won the Ball jars…would you mind emailing me that results? Thank you
Thank you Ellen, it is simple :) The winners already received their jars: Pat S & Sheryl R 🐝🐝
As always top notch, and inspirational, I believe we will bake the cookies then frost them as you did and set up a tea table in our back garden.
Your peonies are gorgeous!! I look forward to trying the cookies!
Thank you Sue. I hope you enjoy them! ♥
Thank you for your visit and comment Barbara! I hope you enjoy the cookies. ♥
What a gorgeous setting by the lake with beautiful tabletop and tea setting. I can just imagine the taste of both tea and cookies. Tea and lakeside envy!
Thank you Rita! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. ♥
You ARE SO cool!!! This is so pretty…I was literally salivating!! So pretty…the BEST of everything!! franki
You made me laugh Franki :) Thank you for your visit and comment! Wishing you a wonderful week ♥
Mary, Your lakeside tea table is beautiful. Your AC tablecloth is lovely and the hydrangea plates are so pretty paired with the black striped plates. The MC napkin rings are perfect and the new spoons are a nice addition to your collection. Happy belated birthday! Your teapot and cups are so feminine and delicate. Enjoy your day! Clara ❤️
Thank you so much for your visit and sweet comment Clara! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. ♥
Good morning Mary,
Thank you for your beautiful post today! Wish I lived next door, we could have a cup of tea together! You had a post a few weeks ago about the best pollinator flowers to include in a large pot. I’ve searched for it, but can’t find it. If you would be so kind to send a link, I’d be thankful. Also, I’m getting my flowers for my large pots on my deck, now that it’s after Mother’s Day, a rule here in PA. I purchased pink geraniums, but would love your advice on what other annuals to use with them. Do you have steps on how to pot the flowers?
Thank you so much!
Enjoy this beautiful day.
Thank you Sarah! The link to the pollinator planter is HERE. I don’t have much luck with geraniums so I don’t usually plant them :) There’s a good article from Southern Living on geraniums here: https://www.southernliving.com/garden/plant-geraniums-containers. Hope that helps, thank you for your visit ♥
Yes please, I’d love to sit by the lake and enjoy tea and a cookie! Your plate matches the teapot you sent. I would pick the bottom lower right teacup at your table, but they’re all beautiful. I have five RA teacups, as you probably remember, from the 100 year collection that my youngest son and DIL gave to me. One of them matches your tea set. As for the cookies, I first had these at my Bible study and have been wanting to make them and I even took a picture. Thank you for sharing your recipe so that I can try them. I enjoyed your beautiful teatime and seeing your lovely peonies! 💕🫖💕
Thank you dear Kitty, I would for you to join for tea and a cookie! I’m looking forward to enjoying the tea you sent, along with my pretty towel. :) How fun to have all the Royal Albert cups. I know you would have fun making these rosettes. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. ♥
Oh, my, your table setting is lovely and the cookies look delicious. I always love when you simplify a recipe or technique for us because it always works. Thank you for taking the time to figure out those ideas and post them.
I am downsizing and gave up much of my collection of beautiful and varied china patterns because I won’t have the room to store them. It is sad to watch it pass into the hands of a re-seller, but I hope some other person will smile with delight at finding a pattern that they love and want to add to their own home.
Thank you Chloe! I know how hard it is to downsize and let go. What a wonderful attitude… thinking about your old favorites becoming someone else’s new ones. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. ♥
Good morning Mary! Thank you so much for the invitation, it’s always a joy to join you and Pam for tea. Your lakeside table is a joy to behold, the combination of delicate flowers with the punch of black and white stripes is stunning. And yes, please, I’d love a cookie that looks like a garden rose. So pretty. And then, peonies. Oh my! They are my absolute favorite, we can’t grow them here and they haven’t arrived in the shops yet, how lucky you are with such beauties growing in your garden, dear friend. You always inspire and give me great ideas to add to my next tea party. It has been a blessing to join you and Pam today for tea. Thank you! Xo Lidy
Thank you Lidy, Pam and I were so happy to have you join us! I hope your transition goes like clockwork this week. ♥
Everything is so beautiful!
Thank you Debbie! ♥
Mary, first message poof, just disappeared! Grrrr!
So I scrolled back down taking it all in again. I want to be a bird or butterfly flitting around in your garden. I want to start baking again! I want to pretend I’m lakeside having tea! You truly take my mind to a lovely place with each of your posts, Mary. Thank you!
The Gracie’s Teaware plates catch my attention each time you use them on a table. I have two cups and saucers, each in a different GT black and white pattern. Of course the black and white appeals to me. Elegant simplicity!
Thanks for having me to tea. I will savor the vision of this post for hours.
Hi Sarah, Thank you so much for your visit and sweet comment, I would for you to join me for tea! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. ♥
Oh my word, Mary – what an exquisitely beautiful tea time table. Your attention to detail is unmet anywhere else.
I think you should take all your beautiful tea table pictures and have them published in book form. What a great coffee table book it would be!!!! And also do one for all your incredible tablescapes in your potting shed or at your lake view table. I’d be first in line to buy it/them!!!!!!
Oh Michele, You’re too sweet! Thank you for you visit and high praise. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead ♥
Lovely. I adore that tablecloth, the peonies and those beautiful cookies. It is such a sea of pink and not “too much”. Your photos are stunning. Always inspiring. I agree with Michele, you deserve a book. Just lovely. . . . . ..these tablescapes even without food and tea.
Delightful tablescape. The cookies look scrumptious — I’ll have to try that lovely frosting technique.
O MY! what a gorgoeus Teascape!! LOVE those dishes!! And thanks for the recipe!! Pinned!! Hope you are having a great week!!
Such a pretty table Mary in your beautiful lakeside setting! The peonies are stunning! Your gold trimmed teapot is so pretty and your cookies look professional!
I am in heaven as I sit at your tea time. The lake breezes, the exquisite table filled with lovely tea service, the fragrance of peonies, and then I tried one of your rosette cookies…
It will take me some time to come back to reality as I want to stay right here at your table.
Thank you for your stunning post.
And Happy Belated Birthday! 🌺
Oh my gosh Mary – l LOVE everything about this table! Plus I just recently discovered Taylors teas and infusions, and I’m so excited to see this one here. Your table and china are gorgeous, and of course your photos are stunning. Thanks for the delightful tea time break!
Mary your Peonies are gorgeous. All of your items including the cookies are just right for a glorious Tea Party.
Marilyn,Joan and Marion
Mary, your tea setting is just gorgeous! The peonies, AC linens, and Royal Albert tea set are all so pretty. The cookies look both beautiful and delicious. I love almond extract! I have so enjoyed my visit this morning. Happy Thursday, sweet friend!
Mary, it is always such a treat to see one of your tables and this beauty is no exception! The peonies are stunning and I can only imagine their fragrance. The GT tea cups and plates are so pretty and what a fabulous tea service. Love the AC tablecloth and the lake in the background is so serene. The cookies look delicious. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your tea by the lakeside!
Such a darling gift! Always awestruck with all you share 😍
I really love how you do your blog. You include everything anyone needs to know about the page you are posting. Makes it very easy to purchase, bake or make that you show on it. I just wanted to let you know that it is a job well done!!!