by Skye, beTeas’ “Culinary Queen”
It’s almost Valentine’s day and love is in the air. So is the smell of my delicious, hot out-of-the-oven cookies! I like to call them “Don’t be Chai – kiss me” cookies. The amazing smell of beTeas’ Ancient Spice Route Chai when you grind it into a powder for these shortbread cookies is out of this world! If you don’t own a spice grinder, you can grind by hand in a mortar and pestle, but I would recommend going to your local hardware store and purchasing one. I think these cookies would be delectable with other beTeas varieties as well. Why not try earl grey or lavender? So many options, so little time. The good news is that they take almost no time to make. Surprise your sweetheart this February 14 with cookies that will make them fall in love with you all over again!
DON’T BE CHAI – KISS ME! Cookie Recipe
Ingredients (note healthier/special diet ingredient substitutions in brackets, if desired):
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (substitute with chickpea flour for healthier or gluten-free)
- 2 tablespoons beTeas Ancient Spice Route Chai
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (substitute with organic sea salt)
- 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar (substitute with coconut palm sugar & you may want to grind also to make sure it’s fine enough for shortbread)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature (substitute with Earth Balance for vegetarian/vegan)
- Use your spice grinder to grind the chai into a fine powder.
- In a food processor, pulse together the flour, tea, and salt, until the tea is just spotted throughout the flour. Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and butter. Pulse together just until a dough is formed. You may need to brew a cup of Chai and use about 1 tablespoonful to wet the dough so it forms together. Place dough on a sheet of plastic wrap, and roll into a log, about 2 1/2-inches in diameter. Tightly twist each end of wrap, and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Slice the log into 1/3-inch thick disks. If you are making them for a special occasion like Valentine’s day, you can cut out the centre of the cookie with a very small cutter in a festive shape. Place on parchment or silpat lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake until the edges are just brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks and cool to room temperature.
- Pucker-Up! When your sweetheart tastes these babies, you’ll be sure to get a kiss! 🙂