Tricks and Teas for Halloween
It's autumn, and that means it will soon be time to create a costume, host a Halloween party and create yummy treats for trick-or-treat guests. However you spend this year's All Hallows' Eve, here are two recipes to try at home. They're easy, delicious and pair fantastically with tea. Or if you're feeling a little daring, each recipe may be modified to incorporate tea as an ingredient.
This recipe is super easy and looks soooo scary. Served best alongside Dragon Well, Gyokuro, Matcha or Sencha as these teas will complement the white chocolate.
Yields 48 servings.
*You don't need professional frosting tips to do this. Take a piece of paper, about 4" square and roll into a funnel. Snip off the end for your point, fill with the frosting and use to design the blood drips on the stick fingers.
These cookies can be hand formed; ghosts can be globby, but for a more precise appearance, get a commercial ghost-shaped cookie cutter, available wherever cooking utensils are sold. Another choice is to make a template freehand.
A second choice is to make circles and then make a little dip at the top to imply a pumpkin. Just add orange food color to the icing. These are yummy with a cup of green tea and fun for kids and grownups alike. Green tea and Greek yogurt make a wonderful pair.
Ingredients for the Cookies
In clean bowl, using a wooden spoon, beat together the confectioners' sugar with the 5 ½ tablespoons of warm milk and the 2 tablespoons of warm butter. Stir in the lemon extract and add the 3 tablespoons of hot milk. Beat until smooth. Use a teaspoon to scoop out the frosting for each cookie. Spread from edge to edge. Use either raisins or chocolate chips for eyes. Allow to set before serving.
Yields 40 small cookies.
Not enough tea?
The Scary Fingers recipe may be modified to include a sprinkle or two of matcha green tea in the white chocolate. The addition of matcha green tea will give the frosting a bittersweet taste your adult guests are sure to love.
Ghostly Cookies may also be modified to include tea in the frosting mixture. In lieu of using plain milk, infuse it with green tea leaves prior to beating together with confectioners' sugar and warm butter. The infused milk will bring the cookies to another level of flavor complexity. We recommend infusing the milk with vanilla green tea from Adagio Teas.
It's in the Bag
Parents across the United States struggle to keep their families healthy during the holidays. You can contribute to a stress-free holiday and give the children in your neighborhood a treat both they and their parents can appreciate. Adagio offers individually wrapped, caffeine-free teabags in fun flavors, perfect for dropping into candy sacks on Halloween.
Rooibos Vanilla Rooibos from South Africa blended with natural vanilla flavoring. This autumn, replace processed hot chocolate packets with this warm, buttery brew tasting just like vanilla cookies fresh out of the oven.
Foxtrot This is the perfect beverage to enjoy after a busy Halloween. The blend of rooibos vanilla, peppermint and chamomile will promote a wonderful night's rest after a long night of trick-or-treating.
For a simple gift to adult trick-or-treaters, nothing could be more delicious or more fun than Adagio's seven different types of chai or scrumptious Pumpkin Spice tea, each available in easy to use and easy to give away teabags. Simply purchase these teas in 15-count teabag pouches and rewrap 1-2 individual teabags using inexpensive party favor gift bags.
But the fun doesn't have to end on Halloween. Adagio offers one chai for every day of the week, either caffeine-free (with rooibos) or blended with black or green tea. Savor one of these in private or purchase all seven to gift to guests over the fall season.