I felt like baking a treat for my family the other day. It needed to be something that I hadn’t made before.
This led me to finding banana chocolate chip cookie recipes which sounded really good to me. I ended up taking one of the recipes and making it into my own by infusing tea into it as well as changing some other things.
These cookies may sound strange but they actually taste delicious. Read on for an explanation and the recipe!
What’s in the recipe and why
I am really into dessert teas these days. There is nothing I like more than sitting down, putting on a true crime podcast episode and drinking some flavored tea mixed with heavy cream. I even wrote about my favorite dessert teas in one of my recent posts.
When I was drinking Vanilla Bean Macaron dessert tea by the Tazo tea brand, I thought to myself how interesting it would be to try it in a baking recipe. Since I had already planned to make banana chocolate chip cookies, I decided that I was going to take a leap and infuse the tea into the recipe.
The tea tastes pretty close to a macaron in my opinion. It contains black tea, yerbe mate and other ingredients to give it the cookie flavor. That taste coupled with bananas and chocolate seemed like it might not work well together.
Luckily, they turned out really good!
The final recipe I ended up with is eggless due to my intolerance to them (I get stomach cramps and hives). I always use 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce as an egg substitute. What I have found though is that eggless baked treats are just as good as baked treats that do have eggs in them.
These cookies are really soft, moist and a new favorite in my family.
My Tazo tea infused banana chocolate chip cookies
Servings: 16 cookies
- 1 ripe banana (if not ripe yet, you can put it in the oven on 350 degrees for around 12 minutes or until it turns a very dark color), mashed
- 1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
- 4 tea bags of Vanilla Bean Macaron tea from Tazo
- 2/3-3/4 cup brown sugar ( you choose the sweetness level you want)
- 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup milk chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (or brush it with oil).
- Melt one stick of butter. Place two of the tea bags into the melted butter and let steep for 5 minutes. After the tea is done steeping, squeeze out the bags and discard them.
- In a large bowl, mix together the tea butter, brown sugar and mashed banana.
- Stir in the unsweetened applesauce and vanilla extract into the mix.
- Add the flour, contents of the remaining two tea bags, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt to the wet mixture in the large bowl. Stir until combined.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Use a spoon, scoop or hands to get sections of the dough out. Roll the sections into balls and place them on the prepared cookie sheet. There should be 16 of them.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until the cookies are set and look puffed up.
- Allow them to cool for a bit on the cookie sheet and then move them to a plate.
You can make these cookies with or without infusing the tea in them. You can also use a different type of tea if you don’t want to use (or can’t find) the Vanilla Bean Macaron tea from Tazo. Some other teas that would be good for this are as follows:
- Regular black tea
- Regular oolong tea
- Regular white tea
- Any kind of Chai
- Bigelow’s French Vanilla black, Salted Caramel black and Toasted Coconut black teas.
- Celestial Seasonings Rooibos Madagascar Vanilla
There are most likely others but these are the ones that stand out in my mind as being good choices for the cookies.
Having treats once in a while is an okay thing. This recipe may be a good option for you if you like banana bread and chocolate chip cookies because it combines both those things. The tea kicks the flavor up a notch and adds some delicious uniqueness to them.
If you happen to give them a try, let me know if you like them or not.
Thanks for reading!
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