Tea with Jane Austen: Ideas for using the Jane Austen Silhouette Cookie Cutter

The Jane Austen Silhouette Cookie Cutter

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The other day I was having some fun experimenting with the new Jane Austen Silhouette Cookie Cutter . We tried sugar cookies (naturally) and toast (delicious) and tea sandwiches. However, I think my favorite trick was the silhouette sandwich, seen here.

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To create this sandwich, you'll need two types of bread, ideally, of light and dark colors (white and wheat, wheat and pumpernickel, etc.) Take two slices of your "base" layer, in this case Pumpernickel, and use the cutter to cut a silhouette from the center of one slice. Cut a silhouette from your alternative bread, and replace the silhouettes (light into dark, dark into light) Using your uncut slice of bread, build your sandwich (in this case, turkey, swiss, lettuce, tomato) using mayonnaise or your dressing of choice on the inside of each slice of bread to hold it all together. Once your sandwich is "built" top it with the silhouette slice, and enjoy! You could, technically build two opposite sandwiches in this way with very little effort.  

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If your taste runs to tea sandwiches, these (L: Cranberry Orange Cream Cheese, R: Turkey and Swiss) might be just the thing. To make them, create your sandwich first, and then use the cutter to cut them out from the bread. If your sandwich is taller than the cutter, press it down firmly until you can feel the cutting board beneath. Then, give it a little wiggle to free it from the surrounding bread. Remove the edges from around the cutter, and then pop the sandwich out.

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Finally, of course, we have Austen Silhouette cookies. They are so easy, and the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea. The dough does not have to be refrigerated before rolling and cutting! This makes it perfect for kids and adults in a hurry (no waiting!) Jane's Best Sugar Cookies Makes 2 Dozen Jane Austen Cookies
  • 1/2 C soft Butter
  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups
Mix all ingredients except flour until well blended. Add in flour and mix until incorporated. Roll out to 1/4" thickness on floured surface. Cut and bake at 375* for 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 1 min before removing to cooling rack. Alternatives: Add 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon and 1/2 tsp nutmeg for a "Spice" cookie OR Substitute Lemon flavoring for Vanilla and add 1 Tbsp grated Lemon Peel OR Substitute Orange flavoring for Vanilla and at 1Tbsp grated Orange Peel (this variation is great when dipped in chocolate after cooling!!) cookiecutter  
  The Jane Austen Silhouette Cookie Cutter is available from The Jane Austen Online Giftshop. Laura Boyle is fascinated by all aspects of Jane Austen’s life. She is the proprietor of Austenation: Regency Accessories, creating custom hats, bonnets, reticules and more for customers around the globe. Cooking with Jane Austen and Friends is her first book. Her greatest joy is the time she is able to spend in her home with her family.

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