The Christmas season is a time of sharing, and for years my family has baked cookies, bread, and sweet treats to give as gifts to friends and families.
Since my family lives so far away every year my daughters and I bake our favorite Christmas treats and make gift boxes. This year we are doing the same but for some extra cheer, we are including our favorite teas to pair with these treats, now we can be together for afternoon tea even though we are hundreds of miles apart. We handpicked teas for our loved ones to enjoy with their baked goods and candy and came up with The 12 Days of Christmas Tea Pairings.
Pecans Tassies paired with Jasmine Tea
One the 1st day of Christmas tea pairing we made a family favorite Pecan Tassies. These sweet little pies have a luscious filling with plenty of pecans. The floral notes of the Jasmine Green Tea enhance the nutty sweetness of the pecans tassies. Brewing a pot of tea releases the delicate perfumy scent of the jasmine tea flowers that tastes like no other tea.
Christmas Surprise Inside Sprinkle Cookies paired with SerendipiTea ~ Dark Chocolate Tea
Nothing says Christmas more than a batch of festive cookies to help spread the holiday’s cheer. Today we are wrapping presents and making wreaths with our friends. Bringing out a tray of these colorful Christmas Surprise Inside Cookies was a perfect way to help celebrate our afternoon and pairing these cute cookies with hot pots of Dark Chocolate Tea from SerendipiTea made for a warm and cozy gathering. The dark chocolate tea is the perfect tea to pair with these cookies that hide a chocolate filling. Who doesn’t like chocolate?
Maple Apple Skillet Cake paired with Oolong Tea
On the 3rd day of Christmas tea pairings, a cake seemed appropriate. It is hard to resist a slice of this Maple Apple Skillet Cake and pairing it with a full-bodied toasty oolong tea compliments the sweet maple and apple flavors. It’s a perfect pair.
Maple Syrup Walnut Muffins paired with Classy Hippie Tea Company ~ Apple Cider Tea
The best time to eat a muffin is when your cup of tea is ready. We have been making pots of this very aromatic Apple Cider Tea from the Classy Hippie Tea Company that is perfect to pair with Maple Syrup Walnut Muffins. It is amazing how white tea, apple pieces, hibiscus blossoms, cinnamon rods, almonds, rose hip, elderberries, sultanas, and star anise all brew into a delightful cup of tea that evokes such a subtle flavor that still lets the maple flavor of the muffin shine. This tea is extraordinarily good.
Spiced Madeleines with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Cloves paired with Lady Grey Tea
These Spiced Madeleines are eloquent little cakes that need something special to go with them. The delicate flavor of bergamot, orange and lemon make Lady Grey Tea perfect for pairing with the spices and the sweetness of the madeleines.
Cranberry Winter Fruit Salad with Honey-Orange Dressing paired with Varieteas ~ Merry Cranberry Tea
No matter what time of the day we eat this Cranberry Winter Fruit Salad, there is always a cup of tea nearby. This Christmas season Varieteas is offering their delightful tea called Merry Cranberry which is a black tea mixed with raspberry leaves and cranberries. The delicate sweetness of the tea provides a wonderful contrast to the tartness of the salad. The aroma is relaxing and the flavor is light to enjoy at any time of the day.
Cinnamon Rock Candy paired with Mulling Spice Tea
With visions of sugarplums, this season we made some beautiful Cinnamon Rock Candy to give as gifts. Everyone loves receiving this candy nestled inside a cute jar with powdered sugar sprinkling down the nooks and crannies. After a fun day of candy making, sitting down with a few spicy nibbles and a delicious hot cup of tea is the perfect way to end the day. Today’s tea is a bit unique since we brewed mulling spices. The orange peel, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon made a delightful pairing with the cinnamon candy, just the perfect flavor to go with the spicy candy.
Triple Ginger Spice Cookies paired with Darjeeling Tea
Christmas and cookies are always a holiday favorite. Theses Triple Ginger Spice Cookies are a family favorite and we bake them every year for the holidays. These make the perfect cookie gift since they are easy to wrap and everyone loves these spicy cookies. To make the gift more special add some tea make sure to include your favorite tea. Today we are enjoying my favorite Darjeeling tea. This tea has a fragrant aroma with a mild sweetness and it doesn’t cover up the ginger in the cookies.
Spiced Orange Cranberry Bread paired with The Loose Leaf ~ Chocolate Cinnamon Spice Tea
There is nothing better than the smell of bread baking in your oven. Oh, but there is something better, it’s eating a slice of warm Spiced Orange Cranberry bread paired with a very aromatic Chocolate Cinnamon Spice Tea, it’s just a delicious and tasty duo. This red rooibos tea from The Loose Leaf has bits of cocoa nibs, orange peel, cinnamon chips, ginger, and cloves that brews into a subtly flavored tea with just the right hints of chocolate and cinnamon that pairs so well with the tart cranberries.
Spiced Christmas Tree Cookies paired with Tea Forte’s ~ Spiced Ginger Plum Tea
Now every good plate of cookies has a perfect tea to go with it. These wonderful Spiced Christmas Tree Cookies are paired with a Spiced Ginger Plum Tea from Tea Forte’s Warming Glow Collection. This is a perfect pairing as the buttery plum flavor of the tea brings out the spices of the cookies and actually enhances the overall deliciousness of these cookies. Both the tea and the cookie have a subtle ginger flavor that is pure magic when enjoyed together.
Chocolate Chip Peppermint Scones paired with Golden Assam Tea
Are you baking for the holidays? This recipe for Chocolate Chip Peppermint Scones takes a traditional scone and makes it a lovely holiday treat. You will love these rich and tender scones with mini chocolate chips and peppermints inside and a crunchy candy cane topping on top. I actually had this recipe in mind to pair with one of my favorite teas, Golden Assam. This rich dark tea with its malty flavor pairs so well the robust flavors in the scones. So after you make these scones and brew a pot of tea take a moment to relax and enjoy a bit of solitude from the business of the holidays.
Apple-Cranberry Galette paired with Monkey Pick Oolong Tea
This galette is a delicious rustic dessert with just a bit of decadence. I’ve been waiting to have a slice with a cup of my favorite Monkey Picked oolong tea. The buttery floral taste of this tea pair with the buttery crust and the sweet apples of the galette.
We hope you enjoy our favorite Christmas recipes and get to try some new teas. Let us know which pairing is your favorite.
We want to give a warm thank you to the following tea companies who helped us spread Christmas cheer with these tea pairings ~
Tea Forte – Boston, MA
Varieteas – Tea Subscription
SerendipiTea – Manhasset, NY
Classie Hippe Tea Company – Sacramento, CA
The Loose Leaf – Oceanside, CA
Throughout the busy holiday season make sure to share joy with everyone.