The winter holidays are upon us, and if you’re looking for the perfect treat to bring to the office holiday party, your family’s Hanukah celebration, or your BFF’s Christmas soiree, we’ve got the perfect idea: tea-infused brownies. A twist on the classic crowd-pleaser, tea-spiked brownies are comfort food taken to the next, on-trend level. Bake a batch of one of these recipes to get the party going:
1. Frosted Earl Grey Brownies with Rose Petals
This brownie recipe from Snixy Kitchen uses buckwheat flour to make it gluten-free and earl grey tea for a citrusy infusion. The author touts the product as “chewy, fudgy, and cakey all at once.” Topped with earl grey frosting and rose petals, these sweet treats are also picture-perfect. If your party is Christmas-themed, opt for red petals for an on-theme choice.
2. Brown Butter Chai Tea Brownies
This recipe from One Sweet Mess promises brownies that are “supremely rich, perfectly dense, and loaded with bittersweet chocolate.” The brownies get flavors of vanilla and orange from chai tea, and cashews give them a wonderfully nutty texture and a great mouthfeel.
3. Thai Tea Skillet Brownies
This recipe from Miss Hangry Pants—best blog name ever?—uses Thai tea to spice things up. Loose Thai tea leaves infuse butter that combines with melted chocolate chips, flour, and sweetened condensed milk, among other ingredients. Batter is poured into personal-sized cast-iron skillets for a fun take on form. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or less if you want the center to be gooey. Grab a spoon and dig in. Great if you’re attending or hosting an intimate affair.
4. Tea Infused Raw Chocolate Brownies
This recipe from Sugar and Cinnamon is gluten free, vegan, and refined sugar-free, making these brownies a smart indulgence for any party-goer. Start by soaking apricots in strongly brewed black tea, then blend with dates, walnuts, and cocoa powder. Press into a pan and chill for 4 hours or more, then slice and dust with icing sugar. Certainly unique and fruity, these brownies will be a great, guilt-free conversation starter.
5. Matcha Cheesecake Swirled Dark Chocolate Brownies
This recipe from The Baking ChocolaTess delivers gorgeous swirls of chocolate, matcha, and cheesecake right to your mouth. The author uses Tenzo Tea Matcha Powder for an earthy, green infusion that looks great visually and pairs well with sweet chocolate and cream cheese. Yum!
6. Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies
This recipe from Honest Cooking uses peppermint green tea to pack in extra flavor. Peppermint extract and cream cheese combine with egg and sugar for the cream cheese component, while the brownie batter uses Celestial Seasoning’s Candy Cane Lane—a decaffeinated green tea that boasts flavors of peppermint, vanilla, and cinnamon—for a fun twist.
7. Green Tea White Chocolate Brownies
This recipe from Glazed & Confused merges white chocolate and matcha for the win. The author promises the brownies will taste “fudgy, yet totally refreshing” and that “the chunks of white chocolate are a perfectly rich compliment to the light matcha flavor.” Dust with confectioner’s sugar for a picture-perfect, snowy finish.