A couple of weeks ago, I was in charge of the weekly tea held for graduate students and professors at an institute at Cal that I'm affiliated with. I decided to go for a selection of shortbread and shortbread-style cookies, since this type of cookie goes really well with tea. I went with Dorie Greenspan's World Peace Cookies, Pecan Penuche Shortbreads with Rum, and Lemon-Coconut Sables. All of the cookies were a big hit, and baking them was a blast! I'd forgotten how quick and easy this type of cookie is - I mixed up all the batters fairly quickly, chilled them, and then baked the batches of cookies over the course of an afternoon/evening.
I'll be posting the recipes for the lemon-coconut sables and the pecan-penuche shortbreads later this week. I recommend all the recipes for an elegant afternoon tea, and they'd all be delicious on their own as well.
DB Update: I'm a few days behind on the macarons, but hoping to get them done later this week! I will definitely be doing my best on this one, since the recipe sounds amazing. :)