I really want to like tea, but up until this point in my life I haven’t quite come around to it. At best, it seems to me more like water that *almost* tastes like something. (Yes, even the tea that friends assure me is really good.) The only exception to this so far has been chai. Though I don’t typically order it or make it for myself, I have enjoyed it from time to time when a friend or family member offers me a sip. But do you know what is the best way to learn to like particular food or ingredient? Incorporating it into a dessert, of course. I used to hate coffee but coffee ice cream was the gateway to my eventual deep love for coffee. And now it seems that chai chocolate cookies may be the gateway to me legitimately liking chai.
I have teamed up with the good people at Fair Trade USA to develop a recipe featuring some fair trade ingredients. They recently sent me a package of all sorts of awesome Fair Trade certified goodies and as I pondered the many things I could create with the items I received, it occurred to me that I could incorporate chai, chocolate and vanilla into my basic vanilla sable recipe. Done and done. These turned out even better than I had imagined and I think they would be perfect for holiday gifting – very simple to make, incredibly tasty, and just a little bit different than your everyday offerings. Even if drinking tea isn’t always my thing, enjoying the warm blend of chai spices in cookie form is right up my alley.
What’s even more up my alley? Baking fabulous treats while also knowing that making mindful purchases can help better someone else’s life by using Fair Trade USA certified products. Have you heard of fair trade before, and maybe wondered what the buzz is all about? Here’s some info from the experts:
What is Fair Trade?
- Fair Trade is a global movement to alleviate poverty in the developing world, while ensuring consumers quality products that improve lives and protect the environment. Everyday purchases that bear the Fair Trade Certified™ logo come from farmers and workers in the developing world who are justly compensated, allowing them to build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities.
- For a quick video overview of Fair Trade, please watch the Every Purchase Matters animation on our YouTube page (youtube.com/FairTradeCertified).
Pretty awesome, right? To learn a bit more about Fair Trade and to have a chance at winning a package of Fair Trade certified products for yourself, head on over to the giveaway page! Also be sure to check out the Bake Fair recipe page, with plenty of other recipes featuring Fair Trade ingredients.