Tea Time Treats

A nice, warm cup of tea is the perfect way to warm up during the winter. In this recipe, I incorporated the full aromas of herbal teas to revamp some of my favorite sweet treats. Who says pumpkin has to just be a fall treat! To spice up traditional pumpkin pie flavor, I created a Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies  filled with a bold Chai Cream Cheese Icing. For tea drinkers and non-tea drinkers alike, these cookies are a perfect treat. This recipe was so tasty is was feature in last week’s Gastropost round up!

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pie

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons maple extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 15 oz. canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  1. Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar with the room temperature butter until it is dissolved.
  2. Stir in pumpkin, oil and extracts into the mixture. Add one egg at a time and continue mixing until the batter is blended.
  3. Once the batter is smooth, scoop two tablespoons of dough on a baking sheet that is either greased or lined with parchment paper a few inches apart.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for ten minutes.
  5. Let the cookies cool completely.

Chai Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1 chai tea bag. The spices in chai tea can vary so pick depending on how fragrant you would like your icing.
  • 1 cup of room temperature cream cheese.
  • ½ cup of room temperature softened butter.
  • ½ of teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and cardamom. Adjust the levels of the spices to bring out the flavors in your chai tea. The spices in chai tea can vary so pick one that you like that will bring out the warm flavor in the pumpkin cookies.
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  • 4 cups of icing sugar (powdered sugar
  1. Beat together cream cheese and butter until it is smooth.
  2. Steep your tea in a quarter cup of water to concentrate the flavors and add two tablespoons of tea into the icing mixture.
  3. Combine spices and vanilla into the icing and stir until it is evenly mixed.
  4. Dust half the whoopie pies with powdered sugar to stop them from sticking to the plate.
  5. Spread or pipe the chai icing evenly on these cookies and top with the remaining whoopie pies. Feel free to dust the combined pies with powdered sugar for added décor.

Bon Appétit !

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