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High Tea Downton Style with Abbey Cream Cheese and Sesame Seed Tea Cookies

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As Downton Abbey fans eagerly await the season five premiere of the most award winning television show in the history of PBS, they can take some solace in the fact they can enjoy the food from the era and the show. Whether it be the breads, soups, entree's or desserts which escape Mrs. Patmore's kitchen and find their way upstairs in the dining room or a simple High Tea, you can find something to your liking in the book "Edwardian Cooking: 80 Recipes Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals."

Not included in the aforementioned book is this very simple, yet very rich and elegant, Abbey Cream Cheese and Sesame Seed Cookie. It is a perfect accompaniment to a cup of English tea. It is slightly sweet and with a very delicate texture. This cookie (or biscuit if you reside within the Commonwealth) is very simple to make and takes very little time.

Ingredients to make Abbey Cream Cheese and Sesame Seed Tea Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone sheet.
  2. In a mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and cream cheese 5 minutes.
  3. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat an additional 5 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt and sesame seeds.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the mixer and beat until you have a dough. It will be quite dense.
  6. Remove tablespoon portions of dough and roll into little logs.
  7. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake 12 minutes or until lightly golden.
  8. Remove from the oven and dust with powdered sugar.
  9. Serve with some tea and enjoy!

The new cookbook from Chef Larry Edwards is now available from and bookstores worldwide. One of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year, "Edwardian Cooking: Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals."