Monday, February 14, 2011
Valentine's Day Chai and Chocolate Cookies
I made these little babies for everyone at the office. I used a regular sugar cookie recipe (not one that I was impressed with - so I won't post it) and just added my own spice mix. You could do the same spice mix with a sugar cookie recipe you like. Then I used some fun new cookie cutters to make cute little heart shaped cookies. Baked these and then filled them with the best chocolate icing. Happy Valentine's day!
20 cardamom pods opened and seeds removed
1/2 tsp star anise
1 Tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
2 - 3 Tbsp loose green or black tea (optional)
Grind cardamom seeds, cloves and star anise with mortar and pestle or in a spice grinder. Add this plus the cinnamon and nutmeg to your dry ingredients. Crush tea in mortar and pestle until the leaves are ground. Add to wet ingredients.
Vegan Chocolate Frosting
3/4 cup Earth Balance, soften to room temperature
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 - 1 cup cocoa powder
Mix earth balance, maple syrup, and 3/4 cup of cocoa powder with hand mixer until smooth. Check consistency and add more cocoa powder if needed.