Dainty Lady High Tea Cookies

Dainty Lady High Tea Cookies

For today’s recipe we’re going to make some Dainty Ladies Cookies, perfect for your next High Tea!  Btw, here’s how to throw a tea party!

Hi Kitty Cats, are you busy?  Of course you are.  Look at you all working hard at taking a afternoon nap together.    But would you like to come to a tea party?  I promise it’ll be fun! Yes, you would? Awesome!
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Guess what.. you’re invited too!

This recipe is another one inspired by my Downton Abbey Cookbook (see this post for more details).  So many of you guys told me that I need to start watching the show so you have my word I’m going to start as soon as I catch up on Mad Men!    Dainty Ladies cookies were served primarily to female guests during the Edwardian Era during High Tea.  

This recipe is thought of as a extra special treat because it has coconut in it.  Because of the cost of importing coconut to Great Britain during this time guests would think of this as a very special occasion if these cookies were served.  How fancy was coconut? If the abbey had coconut it was locked up and only the butler of the house would have the key!

During High Tea many of the women wear white gloves.  Because these cookies are buttery women would remove their right glove and retrieve a cookie that the footman was presenting them.  We wouldn’t want those beautiful gloves getting all buttery now, would we?
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Hope you enjoyed the cookies FiFi Bofinkles.. I know you did by the amount of licking our lips you did afterwards. 🙂
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Dainty Lady High Tea Cookies

Delicious cookies that are perfect for your next high tea party!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line the bottom of a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon sheet.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, coconut, rolled oats, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
  3. In a small pan over medium heat melt the butter into the corn syrup and water. Once the butter has melted, stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir until it is combined.
  5. Let the dough sit for 5 minutes for the oats to soak up the butter mixture.
  6. Roll into tablespoon size balls.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 12 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  9. Enjoy

Recipe Notes

Makes 32 cookies.

Adapted from Edwardian Cooking, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Larry Edwards

I hope you guys have a great weekend!  Enjoy it.. and eat some cookies!

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