Every year right around Valentines Day I always inevitably crave sweet sugary goodies. Maybe it's the overwhelming bombardment of candies greeting you in every grocery store, or maybe I'm just feeling sweet. When I do end up breaking down and buying those sprinkled sugar cookies or heart shaped chocolates I am always left a little disappointed. It must be the "Foodie" in me being let down by the mediocre and generic. This year I decided to do something about it. With the help of my nephew (a fellow tea-addict at 3 years old) I whipped up a simple batch of sugar cookies, and for the toppings we decided to get a little creative. I pulled out two fragrant and kid-friendly teas that I thought would give our cookies that extra "oomph" that I was craving. We used the following recipe to make buttercream frosting with Olive & Dingo's Color Changing Tea and another with Berry Fields Forever. And I can tell you that after these cookies disappeared in a matter of a couple days that it was definitely the right choice. We used two tisanes but you could use this recipe with any of our delicious teas. Next time I will be trying a spiced frosting using our House Chai. Will you be trying this recipe? Share it on social media and tag us for a feature!
Makes just over 1 cup of frosting.
3 heaping tablespoons of Loose leaf Tea
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
2 cups Powdered Sugar
1/3 cup Boiling Water
1 tsp Vanilla
1) Melt your butter in a small saucepan and add 2 heaping tablespoons of tea. Simmer on low to medium-low heat for an hour. Be sure to keep an eye on your butter so that it doesn’t scald. Strain the tea from the liquid butter and place the butter in a cool place until it is back up to room temperature and has solidified.
2) Steep the last heaping tablespoon of tea in about ⅓ cup boiling water and let steep as you combine the other ingredients. Using an electric mixer, beat the softened tea-butter with the vanilla until smooth. Slowly add in the powdered sugar until it is all combined. This part may be easier to do with clean hands or a spatula. The mixture may be sort of dry and powdery but don't worry, we will fix that next.
3) Strain your tea and add 2 tablespoons to your frosting mixture. You may want to add more or less depending on how thick you want your frosting. Using your mixer, blend until smooth. You can now add food coloring if you would like to add a pop of color to your frosting. I added a few drops of blue to the Olive & Dingo's Color Changing Tea frosting. For the Berry Fields Forever frosting I split it in half (since the tea gave it a really nice pink hue) and added a few drops of red to half of it. I also mixed a bit of the light pink with the blue to get a beautiful lavender color. With all these lovely colors and flavors now it's time to decorate your cookies or cupcakes or whatever delicious creations you set your mind to!