December 2nd! Cookies baked….cookies boxed…tags made… decorations added to boxes…post office! (Thanks Brad) Once again it is time to join all the 1000’s of other bloggers participating in the 2015 Great Food Bloggers Cookies for Kid’s Cancer fundraiser. Just another reason to celebrate this time of year…having fun and helping.
A big hi y’all from downtown Nashville, Tennessee to my 3 new food blogger friends who will receive a tin of cookies from Food on Fifth. Please go over and check out their blogs, see what they are up to and give them a shout.
Lisa Lotts at http://www.garlicandzest.com
Aimee Broussard at http://aimeebroussard.com
Allison Day at http://blog.fridgg.com
This year my cookie is a simple, easy slice and bake “Chocolate-Chai Pistachio Tea Cookie”.
I get all my ingredients measured and ready before I start baking. Quickly assembled and chilled this dough is easy to slice. I love the green of the pistachios against the chocolate.
This little not-too-sweet cookie is great with a cup of hot tea, which I had while packing up cookies to mail. Notice the sanding sugar…adds just a bit of crunch.
I like creative packaging that has a homemade, yet stylish look. This year I added my small collage “art cards” inside each tin and tied my business card with twine around the outside. Yes, those little squares with a hole punched into the corner are my business cards!
These incredibly fun cards with my name and info on back & a different instagram photos on the front…each one a different food photo… I have printed at Social Print Studio, a fabulous online site.
Thanks to Lindsay http://www.loveandoliveoil.com/ and Julie http://www.thelittlekitchen.net/ for organizing this yearly fundraiser and for inviting all of us to participate in this good, “sweet” cause.
Chocolate-Chai Pistachio Tea Cookies
- 1 cup softened unsalted butter
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 6 Tbsp good quality cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp instant chai
- 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup shelled, unsalted pistachios
- sanding/decorating sugar
- In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together the butter, sugar and salt until well mixed.
- Add egg and blend well, scraping down side of bowl when need be.
- Add cocoa powder & chai to mixture blending until well incorporated.
- Add flour, a few tablespoons at a time, with mixer on low until blended. Dough will be stiff.
- With mixer on low add pistachios. Scrape cookie dough out onto a work surface and knead together. Divide dough in thirds and form into 3 cylinders, each about 8 to 10 inches long and 2 inches in diameter. Wrap each in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour before slicing.
- Preheat oven to 375. Cut chilled dough into 1/4″ slices and bake on sheet pans lined with parchment paper.spacing 1″ apart for 12-15 minutes. Immediately out of the oven sprinkle cookies generously with sanding/decorating sugar. Cool cookie completely on wire racks.
- To gift: place in tins or boxes with parchment paper sheets between layers.
- These cookies will keep for days in a sealed container and are just delicious with a cup of hot tea or milky coffee. A not-too-sweet cookie with lots of chocolate-chai flavor!
Teresa Blackburn http://www.teresablackburnfoodstyling.com www.foodonfifth.com
14 thoughts on “Chocolate-Chai Pistachio Tea Cookies – Great Food Bloggers Cookie Swap 2015 – Holiday Gift Giving Idea”
it’s cookies forever time! love slice-and-bakes–these must be delish. sweet packaging too!
Thanks Nance…your cookies looks great as well! Fun time of year for baking.
Love slice and bake cookies and the addition of chai with the finishing sugar makes these very festive. Love the packaging too!
Johanne thanks so much for the nice comment and yes, I do love the packaging part of gifts…sometimes the best part! Happy December.
Me too Teresa! If you ever come to Philly, you must look me up! We have so many interests in common😀
Merry merry…you didn’t gift them all did you? Can’t wait til Sunday…
They are mostly all gone but will save a few for you my sweet!
So beautiful Teresa, love it all 🙂
Thanks so much and happy Holiday Loretta to you and your family. Looking forward to another year of blogging with you!
These look easy enough even for my poor baking skills! And I love pistachios, yumm, they look fabulous!
You will be able to do these cookies with no problem at all and thanks so much for stopping by. Have the best of Holidays.
I can vouch for these fabulous nibbles as I was one of the lucky recipients! Thank you so much Teresa! BTW – I was looking for Aimee and Allison’s cookie posts as I sent cookies to them, but didn’t see them. Hmmm… Maybe they’re going up later tonight.
Oh I do hope they put up their posts with your cookies! I am sure you made something just divine and wonderful. Happy Holidays and a happy 2016!