Tea Foodie [by Zanitea]

a journal of tea-inspired foods and recipes

Cinnamon Tea Kissed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let me introduce you to my new favorite method for infusing tea flavor into anything you’re baking. All you need is butter. Yes, butter. Simply melt the butter you’re using in your next baking project, toss in some flavored tea leaves, let it steep, strain it, and you’re left with a tea-infused butter that will permeate every bite of your baked treat.

tea kissed chocolate chip cookiesI discovered this brilliant method on an old recipe card I found in my tea stash from DAVIDsTEA. They have a recipe for Hot Lips Chocolate Chunk Cookies featuring a red-hot cinnamon candy flavored green tea blend called Hot Lips. This blend is sadly no longer available (at least I couldn’t find it on their website), but I know this recipe would work well with any of the DAVIDsTEA blends that are heavy on cinnamon flavor.

davids tea recipe cardI tweaked the original recipe just a smidge and used white chocolate chips instead of bittersweet chocolate chunks (I had some in the pantry to use up) and pomegranate molasses instead of regular molasses (because I was curious). But the tea-steeped butter is the key flavor here; everything else is just a complement. Try this method with any of your favorite tea blends for your next baking project. I do think a stronger flavored tea is best in this application.

tea steeping in butterHappy cooking and sipping!

Tea Kissed Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Adapted from the Hot Lips Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe by DAVIDsTEA.)

Makes about 24 cookies


¾ cup unsalted butter

6 tablespoons cinnamon-flavored loose leaf tea blend (try any of the cinnamon flavored teas from DAVIDsTEA)

2/3 cup granulated sugar

¼ cup pomegranate molasses (or regular molasses or honey)

6 ounces white (or bittersweet) chocolate chips

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 egg, beaten


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add tea leaves and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat, cover and let steep for about 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.

4. Once the butter is done steeping, strain it through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl. (If the butter started to cool and harden while it was steeping, rewarm it until melted.) Press the leaves with the back of a spoon to get as much butter through the sieve as possible; discard the tea leaves. Stir the sugar and pomegranate molasses into the tea-infused butter then whisk in the egg.

5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined then fold in the chocolate chips.

6. Form tablespoon sized scoops of the dough into balls and place them about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. You should be able to get about 12 on each sheet.

7. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until the edges are golden and the middles are still soft to the touch. Let cookies cool on the pan for a few minutes then transfer to a baking rack to cool completely.


You can freeze either the balls of cookie dough or the baked cookies to save and enjoy at a later date.


6 comments on “Cinnamon Tea Kissed Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. kristenchan0921
    April 20, 2015

    I’m a huge tea fan any try to use it whenever I can! I think this is an amazing idea, and can’t wait to try it out ;)

    • Tea Foodie [by Zanitea]
      April 21, 2015

      Thanks, Kristen! Let me know if you try out any cooking with tea recipes.

  2. Jessica
    June 27, 2015

    Oh, how clever! Of course, infuse into the butter. I’m definitely trying this. Thanks for sharing :-)

    • Tea Foodie [by Zanitea]
      July 12, 2015

      Thanks, Jessica. Let me know how this method works out for you.

  3. mrbenjietevans
    November 30, 2015

    I just tried this out. Thank you for this recipe. My kids really loved it.

  4. Andy
    July 7, 2016

    Thank you for this recipe, Suzanne. I tried it out with the Caramel Corn flavor from DavidsTEA and I have to say that it came out quite well. Very interesting!

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About Zanitea

Combining a love of tea and food through hand blended teas and cooking with tea inspiration.

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