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courage tea cookies with fresh thyme, vanilla bean and dried currants

Courage Tea Cookies

Cookies inspired by Maria Owens' sought-after Courage Tea in the book Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 2 dozen


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 vanilla bean about 6 inches
  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup dried currants


  • In a mixer or bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar and sugar together. Beat in the egg and vanilla bean until blended.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt.
  • By hand, stir in the dry ingredients.
  • Gently fold in the thyme and dried currants.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Roll your dough into 2 tablespoon balls. Place 2 inches apart on parchment covered baking sheets. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are just light brown.


Adapted from: Chocolate and Carrots