Ground chai tea and some additional ground chai spices give these buttery almond cookies a subtle, pleasing flavour. Find loose-leaf chai tea in bulk food stores or specialty tea shops. In a pinch, empty a tea bag or two to get the proper amount.
Bring this dip along for a starter and watch it disappear. Spread all the toppings on just before serving in a shallow glass dish surrounded with whole wheat pita triangles, baguette rounds or crudités.