My daughter was a tomboy growing up, so I was quite pleased when she discovered American Girl books and fell in love with Felicity…until I read the books and realized that the reason she liked Felicity so much was because she snuck out of the house at night, wore boy’s clothing, and “borrowed a horse”.
Since she enjoyed Felicity so much, she consented to tea parties and dresses. Shrewsbury Cakes were a requirement for a Felicity tea party. The name is misleading; they are really more like shortbread. They are flavored with rose water, which my daughter and I learned to make ourselves. Because these cookies are so flavorful, I was able to replace the butter with non-hydrogenated organic shortening without compromising the flavor.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1½ cups rice flour
- ¾ cup tapioca flour
- ¾ cup potato starch
- 1½ teaspoon xanthan gum
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup shortening (I like Spectrum Organic Non-hydrogenated Shortening)
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons rose water (How to make Rose Water)
- In a large bowl, combine, sugar, flours, potato starch, xantham gum, and spices. Mix well.
- Cut shortening into flour mixture using a pastry blender or two forks.
- In a small bowl, beat eggs. Stir rose water into eggs.
- Add egg mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. If you are having trouble mixing in all of the flour, you can use your hands to blend it in.
- Refrigerate dough for an hour.
- After dough has refrigerated, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Roll dough out to ¼ inch thick, using rice flour if necessary to prevent sticking. Use cookie cutters or a glass to cut dough.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.