Tea Infused Kringle Hearts

Hello!

Small Announcement: I’ve missed you all! I have to admit some sad circumstances have stopped my blogging for most of December and all of January. In December, my stepdad passed away suddenly and it affected me more than I could ever have imagined. I wanted to keep going everyday which I did to a certain point but creating recipes and blogging is such an involved process and I wasn’t up for it. I appreciate your patience during my little break and I’m back in time for the holiday of love!

I have mixed feeling about valentine’s day but I always try to be positive about it AND it’s an excuse to bake and cook things with hearts!

Have you ever tried Kringle?? I bought one from trader joe’s around the holidays and OMG SO GOOD! After I bought that one I couldn’t find them again :( I found out that you can order them online but they are a little pricey.

I was sure I could find a recipe on the internet, and I did! I used this recipe for these kringle hearts and will let you know the changes I made and how I added tea!

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For those of you know kringle, you’re probably thinking that this isn’t the right shape! Well, you’re correct. I actually created the kringle then used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut these out. It was messy but worth it for valentines day! The heart shape doesn’t change the taste in anyway :D

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You can find the recipe I followed here !

If I am following a recipe and want to infuse tea into it, I will look for either a liquid portion to infuse or butter! In the past I have tried to use tea in place of the warm water for the yeast and for whatever reason they have always failed! This may have nothing to do with tea but to be safe I used the milk in this recipe.

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The recipe calls for warm milk and so I heated the milk a bit and put 2 tablespoons of tea in the milk. I let it steep for until fragrant and when the milk was warm and not hot then I strained it and included it in the recipe.

Two notes about this, use more milk for the infusion that the recipe calls for and measure the final amount added to the recipe. You will lose some milk when you heat it and strain it. You can add less or more tea depending on how strong you want the tea flavor!

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This recipe will not give you the thin kringle that you’re probably used to but it is still delicious. The filling is very sweet and is most of the flavor for this recipe. The topping which is a simple glaze makes this a great sweet treat!

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A note about choosing a tea for this recipe. I would suggest choosing a black tea and if you are choosing a blended black to tea remember that the flavor you choose will be subtle in the bread part of this so make sure it is a blend you like!

For example, the tea I used in the blend was Amaretto Spice from The Jasmine Pearl Tea. This tea is a blend of black tea, cinnamon and amaretto flavoring. This combo was ideal because you have the extra cinnamon and almond flavor from the amaretto but nothing too overwhelming!

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These turned out really delicious and although they aren’t exactly like the original Kringle they have that lovely flavor!

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You can definitely create the shapes listed in the recipe but I will say that although the cookie cutter shape was a bit difficult to cut out since I did it after it was baked, it was nice to just give out heart shaped pieces!

I didn’t decide to do the hearts until after it was baked but I think you could probably cut them out before baking and have it turn out well too!

Vanilla Rose Pistachio Cookies

Pistachi Rose.

You may have guessed but I LOVE rose in tea. It doesn't matter if it's buds or petals, I love the flavor and aroma that rose gives to a blend. The Vanilla Rose Tea from Zhi tea is no exception. This blend uses assam as the base tea so it gives it that delicious black tea flavor that I love and that is so good in sweets. 

I wanted to make cookies with this blend and I put my thinking cap on to find what would go well with the rose. Ding, ding ding! Pistachio! It may be because norouz (Persian New Year) is so close but rose and pistachio are a match made in heaven. These are two ingredients that were common to everyday life growing up. 

For this recipe I took an each chocolate chip recipe and tweaked it slightly for my purpose. 

What you'll need: 

  • 1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 3/4 cup - 1 cup slightly crushed pistachios

  • 1 cup Vanilla Rose butter

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 1/4 cup flour

  • Pinch of salt

To make the tea infused butter, you need to melt 1 cup of unsalted butter. Once melted pour 2 - 4 tablespoons of Vanilla Rose tea into the butter. The amount of tea depends on your taste and if you want there to be a hint of flavor or a punch of flavor!  

Let the tea brew for about 5-6 minutes in the butter. Once brewed strain the butter.

Let it sit and harden. 

Your butter should feel like softened butter, you don't want it to be too liquid so make sure you leave time for it to solidify. 

Instructions: 

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Cream the butter and sugar

  3. Mix in the eggs

  4. Add in the flour, baking soda and salt

  5. Gently mix in the pistachios

  6. Roll dough into 2 -3 in balls and place on a baking sheet

  7. Bake foe 10-12 minutes until slightly golden

  8. Remove cookies from oven and transfer gently to a cooling rack

  9. Scarf down cookies!

My favorite thing about these cookies is that they aren't as sweet as chocolate chip cookies because of the lack of chocolate chips. The pistachios give you a good crunch to contrast with the soft cookie. These are perfect for tea dunking! 

Matcha White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Matcha-ddicated.

I'm back at it again feeding your matcha addiction with these matcha white chocolate chip cookies! 

As the weather gets cooler, my urge to bake grows. I love to fill the house with warm and yummy smells. Because of it's powder form, matcha has been the easiest tea to bake with so far. It's extremely versatile and can be worked into almost any recipe! Here is the recipe I found. I've pasted it below as well with my personal modifications. 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon green tea powder from The Tea Spot
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips 
Topper made by  PaperlyPress

Topper made by PaperlyPress

 

  1. Heat oven to 350 and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl (flour, matcha, baking soda and salt)
  3. Cream the butter and sugar, feel free to use a hand mixer
  4. Add in egg, egg yolk and vanilla
  5. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet mix
  6. Fold in white chocolate chips. NOTE: I used a whole bag which made the cookies very sweet. You may want to use less than a bag. 
  7. Make balls with 1 tablespoon of batter and place on baking sheet several inches apart
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes, let cool on sheet for 2 minutes then transfer to wire rack
Toppers made by  PaperlyPress

Toppers made by PaperlyPress

These cookies are so simple and aren't dominated by the matcha taste. They turn out a fun greenish tint and the white chocolate chips pair well with the matcha.

Have you ever made a sweet with matcha? What is your fav?!

Tea Party Cookies!

It's time for a tea party.

I ordered a 3 pack of tea cookie cutters from amazon, thanks Wilton! I got a teapot, a teacup and a muffin. I decided to make sugar cookies and decorate them a bit :) 

Preheat Oven to 400°F. Cream the butter with sugar in a mixing bowl until it's light and fluffy.

Beat in the egg along with the vanilla and orange or almond extracts.

Add the flour and salt one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Do not chill the dough and divide into two. On a floured surface roll out each ball. Make sure to cover the cookie cutters in flour before using. 

Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 6-7 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.