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Chai Tea Sandwich Cookies

You’ll love these cookies filled with a dreamy chai-infused ganache. They’re perfect after a meal, with a cup of tea, as a breakfast treat—or anytime at all. —Lauren Knoelke, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + cooling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 chai-flavored black tea bags
  • 8 ounces white baking chocolate, finely chopped
  • COOKIES:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into 16 pieces
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • For ganache, in a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil; remove from heat. Add tea bags; let stand 10 minutes. Discard tea bags.
  • Place chocolate in a small bowl. Reheat the cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; let stand 5 minutes. Stir with a whisk until smooth. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally, until ganache thickens to a spreading consistency, about 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, salt and pepper; cut in butter with vanilla until crumbly. Knead until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into 2 disks; wrap each and refrigerate until firm enough to roll, about 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, gently roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness, lifting and rotating dough as needed. Cut with a 1-1/2-in. round cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until light brown, 10-12 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Spread or pipe 1 heaping teaspoon ganache on bottoms of half of the cookies; cover with remaining cookies. Let stand until set.
  • Freeze option: Prepare dough. Transfer wrapped disks to a freezer container; seal and freeze. To use, thaw dough in refrigerator until soft enough to roll. Make ganache. Prepare, bake and fill cookies as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich cookie: 104 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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