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The Arbor Teas Blog

Heath(ier) Holiday Cookies

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We’ve been on a cooking with tea bend here lately what with our cooking with tea gift set and holiday menus . Now that we’re knee-deep in the holiday season, we’re not about to stop. What’s left? Cookies, of course! Holiday cookies made (at least a little) healthier by the addition of black tea, green tea, chai tea and even a little rooibos.

Matcha Pistachio Cookies
If it’s just not Christmas until you’ve gotten out your cookie cutters, this recipe is for you. These deep green matcha pistachio cookies get a health boost with the addition of matcha, the super-healthy finely-ground form of green tea. Because green tea helps your body metabolize sugar, you can feel even better about indulging.

Tip: Ceremonial-grade matcha can be expensive. Save your pennies and cook with cooking-grade matcha instead.

Indoor Tea S’Mores
Whether you’re looking to make gift-worthy holiday cookies or are simply up for a kitchen adventure, our indoor tea s’mores will do the trick. These scrumptious little s’mores start with Thai tea biscuits made with our Thai Iced Tea blend . They are then dipped in a smoked tea chocolate ganache made with our smoky Organic Lapsang Souchong Black Tea , and finished with a dollop of homemade marshmallow.

Because both tea and chocolate are rich in healthy polyphenols, perhaps you can indulge without guilt?!

Tip: Want to indulge without all the work? Check out our brand new Dark Chocolate Matcha Crisp Bar .

Earl Grey Tea Cookies
There’s just something comforting about sipping a cup of richly-scented Earl Grey tea in the wintertime. You can take that pleasure to the next level by including these crisp little Earl Grey tea cookies . Add a little chocolate to the mix by partially dipping the baked and cooled cookies into chocolate ganache and letting them set on parchment paper before indulging.

Tip: Want the cookies without the caffeine? Go for decaffeinated Earl Grey .

Tea-Laced Shortbread Cookies

Vanilla Rooibos Tea Cookies
Depending on how you look at it, the additional caffeine that comes when you add tea to your cookies can either be a big benefit, or a bit of a downfall – especially when giving the cookies to kids. These vanilla rooibos tea cookies , made with the caffeine-free herbal tisane Rooibos, solves that problem in one sweet little cookie. And, because rooibos is naturally sweet, you don’t need to use a lot of sugar.

Tip: This recipe calls for using a whole vanilla bean. If you can’t find one, try using a vanilla rooibos blend instead.

Tea-Laced Shortbread Cookies
Here’s a traditional cookie with a tea-riffic twist – buttery shortbread cookies done three ways: with green tea, black tea and Masala Chai. If you need to make a lot of cookies for a party, or simply want to fill some tins for gifts, these are the cookies for you.

Tip: If giving these cookies as gifts, include a sample of one of the teas used in the cookies for your giftee to enjoy. Our tea samples start at just $2.50 and can be ordered for any variety of tea.

Happy Baking! Happy Holidays!