Fruity Christmas Chai Spiced Cookies

One fun way to use Arvinda's Christmas Chai Masala is in your holiday cookies.

Try these cute little fruity Christmas cookies that will add some spice and flair to your holiday table.

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FRUITY CHRISTMAS CHAI SPICED COOKIES

Method of Preparation: 

1) Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg and mix. Add baking powder and vanilla extract. Mix. Fold in flour. Add ARVINDA'S CHRISTMAS CHAI MASALA. Fold in candied peel, citrus peel, currants and cranberries.

2) Chill dough for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

3) Preheat oven to 350F.

4) Roll out cookies into small 1-inch diametre balls and flatten with palm of your hand. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

5) Bake for 13-18 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Make 45 small cookies.

Option: Drizzle with melted white chocolate to finish cookies.

Ingredients:
1/2 CUP butter, softened
1/2 CUP brown sugar
1 egg
1/8 TSP. baking powder
1/4 TSP. pure vanilla extract
1 1/3 CUP all-purpose flour
1 1/2 TSP. ARVINDA'S CHRISTMAS CHAI MASALA
1/4 CUP mixed candied peel
1/4 CUP mixed citrus peel
1/4 CUP currants or raisins
1/4 CUP dried cranberries   

Christmas Chai Snow Crescents (Eggless & Gluten-Free)

This year we made most of our Christmas cookies gluten-free. We love them because they're light and crispy, and they've been a hit amongst all our guests so far.

This season we doubled the batch, stored the dough in the freezer and baked these cookies as we needed them so they're always fresh and crispy on the day of serving them.

If you haven't done your holiday baking as of yet, try making these Christmas Chai Snow Crescents which are easy, delicious and festive to cheer up any Christmas dessert table!

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CHRISTMAS CHAI SNOW CRESCENTS ~ eggless & gluten-free

Method of Preparation:
1) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 325F.

2) In a large bowl, cream butter with sifted icing sugar. Add ARVINDA'S CHRISTMAS CHAI MASALA (or ARVINDA'S CHAI MASALA) and almond extract and mix. Sift in flour and mix. Fold in ground almonds.

3) Take a small ball of mixture and roll between palms of the hand to form a cresent. Continue with remaining mixture.

4) Bake for 15 minutes in the oven or until slightly golden brown. Cool on wire rack. To garnish cresents, dip into icing sugar to create a festive snow finish.

Ingredients:
½ CUP butter
½ CUP icing sugar + extra for ‘snow’ finishing
1 TSP. ARVINDA'S CHRISTMAS CHAI MASALA (or ARVINDA'S CHAI MASALA)
1 TSP. almond extract
1 CUP gluten-free flour mix
½ CUP blanched almonds, finely ground

Arvinda's Christmas Chai Spiced Rum Balls

Rum balls always make a nice addition to a holiday cookie plate. We made some using the sweetness from dates spiced with Arvinda’s Christmas Chai Masala. Yum, they melt in your mouth.

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CHRISTMAS CHAI SPICED RUM BALLS

Method of Prepation: 

1) In a bowl, soak medjool dates in hot water for 30 minutes. Set aside.

2) In a double boiler over the stove, gently melt chocolate. (A double boiler is a pot of boiling water with a bowl placed on top to melt the chocolate. This way chocolate won’t burn). Stir in cream, spiced rum, and ARVINDA'S CHRISTMAS CHAI MASALA.

3) In a food processor, purée dates with water until a smooth paste. In a separate big bowl combine date paste with chocolate mixture. Chill in freezer for 30 minutes.

4) Form into truffles and roll in chocolate sprinkles. They store best in the freezer.

Ingredients:
1 PKG. pitted medjool dates (340g)
1/4 CUP hot water
300G dark bittersweet chocolate
1/2 CUP 10% light cream
2 TBSP. spiced rum
1 TSP. ARVINDA'S CHRISTMAS CHAI MASALA
1/2 CUP chocolate sprinkles