Filled with warm, spicy, sweet, and soothing flavors, tea is too good — and healthy — to only be enjoyed in liquid form. You can now use this comforting drink to make scrumptious, tea-flavored sweets, such as macaroons, truffles, cookies, and cupcakes. From buttercream frosting that’s been infused with chai tea to vibrant cookies that contain matcha green tea, these six desserts are filled with your favorite tea’s finest flavors.
1. Blueberry Macarons With Pear and Earl Grey Filling
A rich, creamy filling, which consists of puréed pear, loose leaf earl grey tea, sugar, water, and gelatin, is sandwiched between delicious blueberry macarons. Bakers Royale promises that “the pear and earl grey filling makes this!” In addition to adding great flavor to this toothsome treat, earl grey tea also provides your dessert with some noteworthy health benefits.
Livestrong explains that earl grey comes from the tea plant Camellia sinensis and contains flavonoids, flavonols, and antioxidants, which can protect you from chronic problems, including cancer and heart disease. In addition, Livestrong notes that black teas, such as Earl Grey, contain fluoride, which promotes dental health.
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2. Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes with Tea Infused Cream Cheese Frosting
Cozy spices, including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice, rich pumpkin flavors, and an irresistible cream cheese frosting create a heavenly treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Tasty Kitchen notes that the cupcakes are filled with fragrant chai-like spices, and are “perfectly adorned with a chai tea infused creamed cheese frosting.”
The frosting’s texture is soft and creamy, but you can easily transform it into a stiff decorator frosting as well. To do this, add more powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, until your desired consistency is reached. Do note that adding more powdered sugar will dilute the tea flavor in your frosting.
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3. Earl Grey Vanilla Bean Truffles
Your tastebuds are in for a treat with Food52’s chocolate truffles, which are “elevated to new heights by the subtle notes of vanilla, Earl Grey, and orange. With flavors reminiscent of a classy chocolate orange, these truffles won’t last long!” The best part? This sweet-tasting dessert is also easy to make.
To prepare your truffles, heat whipping cream with Earl Grey tea bags, orange zest, and vanilla beans, and pour the mixture over chocolate. Once you stir the ingredients together, cover and refrigerate for four hours or overnight. After they’ve chilled in the fridge, all you have to do is form your balls, roll them in cocoa, and enjoy! You can add variety to this dish by rolling them in nuts instead of cocoa; it’ll give your truffles both sweet and salty flavors.
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4. French Earl Grey Poached Pears
Poaching pears in a tea mixture creates a one-of-a-kind dessert that has notes of vanilla, lemon, and sweet tea throughout. Citrus and Candy says the end result is “the most beautiful ambrosial flavour; heady but ‘clean’, deliciously fragrant and floral and it really allowed the pear to shine.”
This recipe is relatively easy to make. Once your pears are peeled, you’ll have them simmer in the tea mixture for about 10 minutes, or until their flesh is soft and easily skewered. For the perfect dessert pairing, serve your poached pears with ice cream, granola, oats, whipped cream, or chocolate. This is one dessert that won’t disappoint!
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5. Matcha Green Tea Cookies
Looking for fun-colored cookies to brighten your day? Prepare Fortune Goodies’ cookies, which “taste like matcha green tea without overpowering the butter, sugar and egg flavors that make a cookie a cookie.” They’re great by themselves, but if you’d like to add a sweet topping, feel free to drizzle them with melted white chocolate and sesame seeds.
Making — and eating — these cookies is a great way to make sure you’re working matcha green tea into your daily diet. Matcha Source notes that one glass of matcha can contain as many antioxidants as 10 glasses of regular green tea. In addition, it is a great detoxifier, and can reduce your risk of stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
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6. Tea Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream
Chocolate Cake & Oil Paint’s cupcakes are “the bees knees. A small, perfectly formed tea infused cupcake, topped with the most deliciously decadent honey flavoured buttercream.” The tea of your choice and basic baking ingredients create the cupcakes, while butter, sugar, and honey make for a rich and creamy frosting that will entice your tastebuds.
You can adjust the frosting’s ingredients to suit your specific tastes. If you don’t like things overly sweet, consider cutting back on the amount of honey you use. For those of you who like sugary sweet treats, start with three tablespoons of honey and add more to taste. Be sure to serve your favorite tea alongside these cupcakes!
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