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Melissa's (Herbal Twist Owner) Favourite Christmas Recipes

"The Weather Outside is Frightful, but the" tea is so delightful! Ok, ok maybe that's not how it goes, but that's how I feel today. I am loving what is in my teacup today. It's warm, spicy, sweet yet slighty floral. Can you guess what it is?

I am nibbling on my Christmas shortbread cookies, and sipping on this Christmas in a mug. I will say that I did make this tea a latte this time and I am in LOVE. Can't quite figure it out? I'll give you a hint, it has cacao and rose in it. That's right it's our Rosy Chocolate Chai as a latte and it's as easy as can be to make at home.

First make a strong but small amount tea in your mug, about 1/4 or less of boiling water over your tea bag. Set aside to steep.

Second, this is where it gets a bit complicated because it depends on what equipment you have available.

A) Heat and froth your milk in a milk frother (easy peasy)

B) Heat your milk to a bit warmer than desired temperature then froth with a mini electric whisk

C) Heat your milk over the stovetop or in microwave and don't worry about the froth

Next pour warm milk in your mug with the tea and sip to your hearts content.

Optional, add cinnamon or cocoa on top. Or drizzle with caramel, mmm I think I need a second of these now.

Another drink that warms us up at Christmas is Peppermint Hot Chocolate.

2 Cups water

4 oz dark chocolate, 70% or higher

1/4 Cup heavy cream, milk alternative

1 Tbsp raw honey


  1. Bring two cups of water to a boil then pour over tea leaves in a heat safe container (such as a mason jar). Cover and steep for 10 minutes.

  2. Strain liquid into a saucepan. Over medium heat add the heavy cream and dark chocolate.

  3. Keep over heat and stir until chocolate is dissolved and everything is combined being careful not to boil.

  4. Remove from heat and stir in honey. Once combined pour into two mugs, top with marshmallows and enjoy!

Here's the recipe for the Christmas Shortbread Cookies for you to try.

1 Cup Butter, room temperature

3/4 Cup Icing sugar

1/2 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Vanilla extract

1/4 tsp Almond extract

2 Cups All purpose flour

1/2 Cup Sprinkles

  1. Add butter, icing sugar, salt, and both extracts to mixer and pulse on manual about 8 times.

  2. Add flour and pulse until mixture starts to come together, about 6 pulses.

  3. Add sprinkles and pulse until they are evenly mixed in.

  4. Take half of the dough and form into an 8 inch log. (Note: if it will not come together add a couple of drops of milk or water and form.)

  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge, doing the same with the second half of dough. Leave in fridge for at least 30 minutes.

  6. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheets with parchment.

  7. Cut dough into 1/4 inch thick slices and arrange on cookie sheet.

  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes until light golden colour around edges. Cool and enjoy!

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy some time relaxing with friends and family.

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