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RECIPE: Ted Cruz’s Lonestar Tea Cookies
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Finally we’re getting somewhere.

Well ahead of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz became the first candidate officially to throw his hat in the ring. None of this nonsense “will he or won’t he” for him. Ted’s not one to tiptoe around the fact that he is in this race to stay — and win. With a wide base of Tea Party support, his main challenge is to get the hapless GOP Establishment on board. But how?

One way to shut their opposition down is to tickle their sweet spot at afternoon tea time.

So I give you: Ted Cruz’s Lonestar Tea Cookies, far and away the smartest treats in politics. Ted, as we know, carries his cookbook in his brain. The rest of us will need to see the recipe in print.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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1/2 cup granulated sugar.
1/2 cup confectioners sugar.
2 tablespoons Earl Grey tea.
1/2 teaspoon salt.
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces.
Star-shaped cookie cutter.

 

Here’s what you do:

• Mix together all dry ingredients. If you have a food processor, pulse until the tea is pulverized. The tea should be mixed into the traditional ingredients just as Cruz is looking to bring Tea Party values into the mainstream.

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• Add vanilla, 1 teaspoon water, and butter.

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• Mix until a coalition, I mean dough, is formed.

• Divide the dough in half, and hope that the part doesn’t similarly divide over our nomination.

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• Place each half on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a 12-inch log, about 2 inches in diameter.

• Wrap and chill for 30 minutes, while preheating the oven to 375 degrees, the setting of an average summer day in Texas.

• Once chilled, roll into 1/3 inch thickness and cut into star shapes, to represent the great flag of Texas.

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• Place each on parchment or foil-lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart.

• Bake about 12 minutes, or until the edges are just brown.

So what do you think? Are they a refreshing twist on a classic cookie, or is the taste of tea just a little too strong? Will the GOP Establishment bite?

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