When you curl up on the couch with a warm cup of tea, you need something slightly sweet and warm with spices to counter the bitter and floral notes of the tea. These chewy and mildly sweet cookies are the perfect match to your cup of tea.
These cookies were inspired by my love of spices, dried fruits and nuts. I’m not a fan of chocolate sweets with a cup of tea, so I needed to create something to nibble on. I was inspired by Ina Garten’s Fruit Cake Cookies and a certain cookie dough from the bakery I work at. Sometimes taking two really good recipes and mashing them up can create a really good cookie!
I think I would make the British proud with this cookie or “biscuit.” If you’re having a tea party, I guarantee your guests will be grabbing more than one! These are a great gift to give to your tea obsessed friends as well!
You can make these cookies all your own by adding what ever dried fruits and nuts you want. I chose dried dates, cherries, apricots and walnuts, but you could use raisins, pecans, pineapple, etc.
Spiced Dried Fruit Tea Cookie Recipe:
1/2 C. Softened Butter
1/4 C. Light Brown Sugar
2 tsp. Honey
1/2 tsp. Orange Zest
1/2 C. Chopped Dried Dates
1/4 C. Chopped Dried Cherries
1/4 C. Chopped Dried Apricots
1/4 C. Chopped Walnuts
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 C. Bread Flour
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves
Pinch of Salt
Preheat the oven to 350.
1. In a stand mixer, cream your butter. Once light and fluffy, add your brown sugar and mix until fluffy.
2. To your butter and sugar mixture, add your honey, dried fruits, nuts and orange zest. Mix together.
3. Add your egg and vanilla extract.
4. To your wet ingredients in the stand mixer, add the bread flour, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Mix only until combined. DO NOT OVER MIX.
**If you over mix your cookie dough, it will not keep its form while baking.
5. On a sheet of plastic wrap, form your dough into a 1 1/2 – 2 inch width log. Let the dough sit in your freezer or refrigerator until firm. Cut dough into 1/4.” Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies just start to show color.
Your cookie should be light, firm and chewy.
I hope you enjoy this cookie with your next cup of tea! I promise you won’t be disappointed!
My go to and favorite teas are Tazo’s Organic Peachy Green and Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile with Lavender.