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A big, fat sugar cookie.

But softer and chewier, and much more filling!

This was the delicious breakfast I made on Sunday, in honor of Christmas. As I prepared my morning oats, the box of  Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea sat on the counter, staring me straight in the face. (See, sometimes a messy counter can be a good thing.) I had no idea if adding the tea would impart any noticeable flavor, but isn’t that the whole point of experimenting? To see what happens? In this case, what happened was a bowl of creamy oatmeal, remeniscent of a sweet sugar cookie. Merry Christmas, indeed.

(Breakfast was festive last year, too: Zucchini Bread Oatmeal.)

sugar cookie oatmeal

Sugar Cookie Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • 2 Celestial Seasonings sugar cookie teabags (feel free to change the flavor by using any favorite tea)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • sweetener of choice, as desired
  • optional: coconut butter or oil, or vegan butter (You can easily omit this. But I liked the extra buttery flavor I got by stirring a little virgin coconut oil into my oats.)

Heat the water and milk, then add the teabags and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Right before taking the teabags out, smush them a little with a fork so more of the flavor goes into the milk. Combine the liquid with the oats and salt, then microwave for 3 minutes. (If it starts to boil over, you can stop the microwave and keep heating in ten-second increments until the time is up. But don’t open the microwave door!)

Let the oatmeal sit in the closed microwave for 5 minutes, then transfer–uncovered—to the fridge. It gets thicker as it sits. (I made this, then went running for a little over an hour. It was the perfect texture by the time I got back. Bit if you want to eat this immediately, just use a little less water.) Right before eating, add your vanilla and sweetener (and oil, if using).

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You can make this the night before if you prefer: just add a splash of milk before reheating the next day. Also, feel free to make this on the stovetop instead of the microwave.

christmas first

By the time I finished breakfast, everyone else was finally starting to wake up. So I parked myself in front of the tree to open presents. (And then I was forced to move, because Batman kept jumping into my lap and trying to lick my face. Ick… puppy kisses! Some presents, I’m not so sure I want.)

My sister’s gift to me included a bunch of colored sugars, to feed my cupcake-decorating habit. Or maybe I can use the colored sugars the next time I make sugar cookie oatmeal. It was so good that I’m definitely planning to make it again soon!

Do you like unusual oatmeal flavors?

Or do you prefer traditional oatmeal mix-ins? I know I’ve posted some outlandish oatmeal recipes, but my everyday breakfasts can actually be pretty simple– basic oats with raisins, or with a big spoonful of coconut butter and some cinnamon mixed in. Still, sometimes it’s fun to go a little crazy…

One of my crazier recipes: Chocolate Hugs Strawberry Oatmeal.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been looking for the Celestial Seasonings sugar cookie tea…FOREVER and I cannot find it anywhere around me. It’s so, so sad :(

    1. Nadiya says:

      You can buy the teas online from the company’s website http://www.celestialseasonings.com . They’ve got a huge variety of flavours too 😛

    2. Krissy says:

      If you go to amazon, you can order it in two days! That’s where I just got mine from and it’s not even holiday season!

      1. BakeMeABallerina says:

        I got mine from target

  2. I’ve infused tea into frosting before as well as applesauce. I love the subtle hint of flavor it gives off without being over powering. Sounds like a delicious addition to your breakfast. I don’t eat oatmeal very often actually but when I do I keep it super simple with just butter and a pinch of salt and cinnamon.

  3. Yum this oatmeal sounds delicious! My unusual flavor is dark chocolate oatmeal with blueberries and a dash of cayenne pepper.

  4. Great idea! I just got this tea in my stocking 😀

  5. My favorite oatmeal has pumpkin and blackstrap molasses added to it!

  6. I definitely love experimenting with different oatmeal flavors! My favorite though are my pumpkin protein oats! Can’t go wrong with pumpkin.

  7. Michaela says:

    I cannot believe you have tried that! I have thinking about that for absolute ages! Nice to hear it totally works 😉
    I love all things oatmeal. Period.

  8. I love unusual oatmeal flavors! I saw those holiday tea bags at the grocery store so I think I’m going to take your recipe and use it for all those flavors! They have gingerbread. Happy holidays!

  9. Nicole K. says:

    I’m so glad to see that you tried the tea bag technique! I usually have a basic bowl of oatmeal with banana and cinnamon mixed in, because sometimes I can get a little crazy with experimenting. As in, I may or may not have had to stop myself making a weeks supply of oatmeal in one day… What can I say, I love trying new flavors!

  10. Meg says:

    I LOVE making things using tea bags! Last winter I was all about the Sugar Cookie Sleigh ride in my breakfast :)

  11. I have tried that with chai tea before and it is yummy. I should try it with other teabags too- thanks for that. Also I like doing that to flavour icing and cakes- I made some lovely chai tea cupcakes that way :)

  12. Amber K says:

    I pretty much stick to vanilla Greek yogurt mixed with my oats. A little cinnamon on top. Yum!

  13. Aja says:

    I wish I liked oatmeal because this sounds so good!

    1. I bet you could do it with cold cereal too! Tea-infused milk poured over the cold cereal, as opposed to regular milk?

    2. Susan says:

      Do you like Cream of Wheat or Malt-O-Meal? Works with them too :)

      1. I will have to try it! Love your idea :).

  14. This really sounds wonderful. I am getting so upset seeing all these sugar cookie flavoured recipes in the blogosphere made with this tea because it is the one holiday flavour of Celestial Seasonings’ that is not available in Canada! :( As soon as I can I need to get over the border into Washington and hope there’s still some available somewhere! xxx

    1. I know! I’m in Canada too, and so bummed out we can’t get this flavor!

      1. Maybe online?
        Or, you could try it with a different brand… I think any vanilla-flavored tea might be nice! As long as you like the flavor of the tea, of course ;).

  15. Amanda M says:

    Flavoring your oatmeal with teabags……………… GENIUS!!! I feel some experimenting coming on! I am a little sad that I didn’t read this before I ate my breakfast this morning, otherwise I would’ve given it a try! But I am not TOO sad, because my breakfast was chocolate oatmeal 😉 Maybe I will have oatmeal again for lunch! Totally acceptable, right? 😉

  16. Erin says:

    I actually bought the sugar cookie tea last year, but couldn’t stand the taste :( maybe if I still have some tea bags left I can see if I like it better in oatmeal, haha :)

  17. Jess says:

    YUM this looks so good!!!! I don’t have Sugar Cookie tea but I do have Celestial Seasonings Apple Spice. Could that work?

    1. If you try it, let me know how it tastes! I just bought the sugar plum one, to try that.

      I think the apple spice would be good if you added some cinnamon! :)

      1. Jess says:

        I tried the Cinnamon Apple Spice tea in the oatmeal and it was AMAZING! I followed your recipe and then just added 1 tsp. of cinnamon after reheating it in the morning – thanks for the great idea!

  18. It’s so funny that you and your sister look like twins! My hubby and his brother look identical too, and they’re 3 years apart.
    I love oatmeal with Greek yogurt, a splash of almond milk and bear naked granola for crunch. Simple and easy!

  19. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says:

    Unusual oatmeal flavors…good question. I wouldn’t say unusual but I use oats in baking and cooking ALL The time. They pair ever so wonderful with chocolate and peanut butter and sugar in various doughs and batters :)

  20. Katie @ Nutrition in a peanut shell says:

    Jealous- they don’t sell sugar cookie sleigh ride around here! They only have the other four- but I’m making do with nutcracker! 😀