Favourites for Our Favours

Mr. Gazelle and I wanted to give something that really signified us for our wedding favours. The decision was really easy—tea and cookies! We both love Earl Grey tea, specifically Russian Earl Grey tea with lemongrass and orange. I ordered 1 kg of loose tea online and we packaged them up in adorable tins from Etsy seller InTheClear.

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We then prettied them up with some leftover purple Baker’s twine from our invitations.

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Since some folks prefer to make their tea with bags we’ll be including some tea filters in the favour bag.

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So our guests know how to make the perfect cup I had some business cards printed up with instructions at Vistaprint.

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As for cookies, we both love a good, traditional Scottish shortbread. Normally I’m more than happy to buy Walker’s shortbread, but I thought it would be nice to gift homemade cookies for this occasion. I found a recipe with ratios of butter, flour and sugar very similar to what Walker’s is believed to use (1 part sugar to 2 parts butter to 3 parts flour).

Mr. Gazelle got to work creaming the butter with the sugar.

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The puppy dogs were pretty keen to hang around the kitchen while this all was going on.

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I sifted the flour.

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Once that was all done there wasn’t much more for me to do while Mr. Gazelle incorporated the flour into the butter so I just hung out in my cute apron and enjoyed a glass of wine.

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We deviated from the recipe slightly by chilling the dough in the fridge for about half an hour, then we rolled it out into jelly roll pans. We scored fingers into the dough using a pizza cutter (cutting about halfway through the thickness of the dough), then I used a fork to prick holes into the surface.

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Bake at 350F for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 300F. Bake for another 35 minutes or so, but be sure to watch and make sure your edges aren’t about to burn. We dusted the surface with berry sugar (just because my mom had some, but regular granulated sugar would work just fine). We’ll package the cookies in glassine bags to gift our guests along with the tea.

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The cookies are the perfect texture. Yay for success!

Did you decide to gift something homemade for wedding favours?

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Ms. Gazelle

Location:
Calgary/Vancouver
Wedding Date:
July 2011

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    ThePinkPeony 264 posts, Helper bee @ 1:54 pm

    YUM! I heart shortbread, and yours looks delicious – what a great idea!!

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    ktisthatbees 1686 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:56 pm

    Gazelle, I seriously am beginning to think that you and I are the same person. We had the same cake topper as you are planning on having, and our favors were also tea and cookies! As if that wasn’t enough, we want a westie soooo bad! Love how the favors turned out!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:13 pm

    Your shortbread looks so good G! These are excellent favors!

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    Mrs. Seal 1179 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:21 pm

    Love your apron! So sassy ;) And this is such a sweet favo(u)r idea—I love how personal it is! Mmmm…shortbread cookies. I can’t believe your wedding is basically here already…EEEK! So excited for the Gazelles!

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    vmblai1019 922 posts, Busy bee @ 3:52 pm

    Um, I LOVE Walker’s shortbread cookies!!!

    Do you still have this recipe? I’d love to try it!

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    KCheer 370 posts, Helper bee @ 3:54 pm

    I heart shortbread! And your pups are SOOOO cute!

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    mightywombat 5297 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:57 pm

    Awesome favors – that’s my favorite kind of tea too!

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    Mrs. Hippo 1012 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:06 pm

    I am super impressed that you made the shortbread… Baking before the wedding? Impressive, Gazelle. Impressive.

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    Mrs. Tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:53 pm

    I’d be hanging around the kitchen, too, with all of that goodness going down. Hand me that mixer paddle to clean off!

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    weddingstars2012 479 posts, Helper bee @ 9:49 am

    OMGosh those look AMAZING!!!

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    Mrs. Cinnamon Bun 1116 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:46 pm

    You have a Westie?!! I/my parents used to have a Westie. They’re the greatest dogs. I tried so hard to convince my parents that he needed a little Scottie friend, too.

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    Mrs. Cucumber Sandwich 602 posts, Busy bee @ 9:34 pm

    All cooking should be done with a glass of wine! Those cookies are making me hungry…. they look so good!!

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    Miss Hearty 101 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:25 am

    These cookies look delicious! I really wish our venue allowed home-made favors. My mother and I were dying to make mini bundt cakes. I guess I’ll have to live vicariously through you.

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