Tea might just be the most well-loved drink all over the world - from English black tea, Indian Chai and Turkish spiced tea to Japanese Sencha and Chinese Oolong - almost all, if not every region has its own way of enjoying tea.
January is National Hot Tea Month and it's a great time to try making baked goods that incorporate the taste of your favorite hot tea. Tea-flavored cookies are perfect for those who can't get enough of drinking tea, they just have to chew it too.
Turmeric Tea Cookies (365 Days of Baking & More)
This Turmeric Tea Cookies from 365 Days of Baking & More is a great one to bake if you're a fan of turmeric cookies. This basically involves melting the butter and infusing it with turmeric tea over low heat. The resulting product is an orange-tinted, turmeric tea-flavored butter that is used to make the cookies.
"Turmeric Tea Cookies – these bold cookies are for those who enjoy a more savory than sweet dessert. These cookies have a butter that’s been infused with Numi Organic Turmeric Tea for Fair Trade Month. It’s a great way to add your favorite tea(s) to your baked goods!"
- 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
- 6 bags Numi Organic Turmeric Tea, opened and emptied into a small bowl
- 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 1/2 cups sifted flour
- 1/4 teaspoon Frontier Co-Op Organic Ground Nutmeg
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons milk
Orange Spiced Tea Cookies (A Baker's House)
A Baker's House has a recipe called Orange Spiced Tea Cookies. This recipe involves mixing ground tea leaves right into the dry ingredients. Hence, the resulting cookies show a delightful confetti of tea leaves and orange zest. The visuals is as good as the taste - a beautiful combination of black tea and fresh citrus.
"The aroma in the kitchen when these cookies were baked was almost as much of a treat as eating the cookies! The orange and spices were a bright scent, one that I hope to recreate again. This is a simple cookie, perfect to enjoy with a cup of tea."
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 TB tea (I suggest 2 tea bags of Good Earth's Sweet and Spicy herbal and black tea)
- 1 stick butter (8 TB)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1-2 Tablespoons orange zest
- 2 Tablespoons orange juice
Earl Grey Tea Cookies (What She's Having)
This Earl Grey Tea Cookie recipe from What She's Having is a good cookie to bake if you're looking for a cookie that tastes like tea without confusing the palate. Earl Grey is a black tea with hints of bergamot - a citrus fruit that is somewhat a cross between orange and lemon. Orange and Earl Grey complement each other, resulting in a delectable and unique cookie!
"The cookies were perfectly crisp and very lightly flavoured with Earl Grey. Next time I make them I think I’ll omit the orange zest, because although Earl Grey is a citrus based tea, it’s flavour is too light to stand up to the orange."
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp finely ground tea (tea can be ground in a spice grinder or mini food processor, use the best quality you can afford as cheaper teas have less flavour)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest (optional)
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
Avoid breaking delicate cookies by lining your baking pan with silicone baking mat. The mats make it easier to take off cookies from the pan without much prodding.
Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.