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These Spiced Chai Cookies are soft, chewy, and packed with cozy fall spices. Filled with warm flavors and easy to make, this simple cookie recipe will quickly become your new favorite homemade treat!
It’s time to get serious today, friends. Why? Because I’m talking about my love of chai everything, and it’s something that I’ve failed to share with you in recipe form.
If you’ve read my About Gayle page, then you know that I’m addicted to chai lattes. I can still remember the first time I had a chai latte, and nope, it wasn’t from Starbuck’s!
Before I started blogging full-time, I worked in higher education for a number of years. My department ended up moving to a different office location that was the corporate headquarters for Sears (with a bunch of other businesses in the building). Among the many amenities the building offered was a ‘Seattle’s Best Coffee Shop.’ And it was there that I became obsessed with chai lattes.
Every morning, I would make the sort-of long trek from my office floor to this coffee shop and order a large chai latte (it was just that good!). My department ended up moving to another location a few years later, so I was unable to get my chai fix from that coffee shop.
And that’s when Starbuck’s came into play. Although I do love their chai lattes (it’s mostly what I order every time I go there), it isn’t quite as good as the ones I would get at my old job. Oh well, such is life, right?
Now that I’ve shared how I got into chai lattes, I want to share a recipe featuring the same great flavor.
Over the years, I’ve seen (and tried) lots of chai recipes floating around in Pinterest world. From cookies, to cakes and cupcakes, clearly everyone loves chai just as much as I do!
And that’s where these chai spice cookies come in.
What Makes These Chai Cookies So Fantastic:
- They’re super simple to make! Combine the wet and dry ingredients, chill, then shape the cookies and bake them up!
- These chai cookies are full of cozy fall flavors, perfect for chilly days.
- They bake up perfectly – slightly crisp on the edges, but soft and chewy in the center. Everything you want in a sugar cookie!
I don’t know about you, but sugar cookies are my absolute favorite. Ok, next to snickerdoodles. Those are my favorites, and yes, even better than chocolate chippers! And that’s why I love these Chai Cookies. It’s almost like a cross between a sugar cookie and snickerdoodle, but loaded with spices. The flavor is subtle and not overpowering, which balances these cookies perfectly.
And easy…so easy to make! These cookies do require chilling the dough, but trust me, it’s worth the wait.
One bite and you’ll fall in love with the cozy spices, soft and chewy center, and crisp edges. It’s everything that a Chai Spiced Sugar Cookie should be!
Ingredients in Chai Cookies
The ingredients list for these chai spice cookies is short and sweet!
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder and baking soda
- Spices (salt, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice, black pepper)
- Granulated sugar
- Unsalted butter
- Vanilla bean paste
How to Make Chai Cookies
In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer with fitted paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, beating until just combined.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours.
Preheat your oven to 350F. Line two large baking pans with parchment paper or spray well with non-stick cooking spray.
Scoop out about 1½-2 tablespoon of dough with a spoon, roll into a ball using your hands, and place each ball onto prepared pan, about 2 inches apart. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Bake each sheet for 8-12 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are firm and the centers are slightly under-baked.
Let the cookies cool on the baking pan for 10 minutes, then move them to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
Recipe Variations to Try
- Add some nuts to the dough to give these cookies a nice crunch! 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or hazelnuts would work well.
- Give these cookies a snickerdoodle twist! Combine 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/4 cinnamon and 1/2 nutmeg in a bowl and roll the cookie balls in it before placing them on the sheet pan.
- Drizzle some melted chocolate on top to give these chai cookies a little more decadence!
How to Store Chai Cookies
Keep these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature; they’ll last up to 5 days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months!
Tips for Making Chai Spice Cookies
- Make sure not to over mix the dough as it can make your cookies tough or gummy. Mix just long enough until your dough is uniform.
- Chilling the dough is important! It keeps the cookies from spreading too much in the oven.
- If you don’t have a large enough oven that distributes heat evenly, you may want to cook one sheet of cookies at a time.
So grab your coffee, chai latte, or tea and whip up a batch of these warm and cozy cookies. Your tastebuds will thank you!
Looking for more cookie recipes? I’ve got you covered!
- Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies
- Pumpkin Doodle Cookies
- Soft Maple Sugar Cookies
- Glazed Apple Oatmeal Cookies
- Chewy Twix Cookies
Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies
- 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
- 1 egg
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, all-spice, and pepper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer with fitted paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Slowly add flour mixture to wet mixture, beating until just combined.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line two large baking pans with parchment paper or spray well with non-stick cooking spray.
- Scoop about 1½-2 tablespoon of dough, roll into a ball, and place onto prepared pan, about 2 inches apart. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until edges are firm and centers are slightly under-baked. Let cool on baking pan for 10 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
Well now I know what to get you for your birthday, chai lattes and lot’s of coffee. 😉 lol. Jokes aside, I am DYING over these cookies, Gayle!! We are currently snowed in (again), and all I want is a few dozen of these cookies, my bed and netflix! Can’t wait to try these!! Pinned! Cheers!
Haha yes to all the chais and coffee! Thanks for the cookie love, friend!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food says
I knew you loved coffee, but didn’t realize your love for chia lattes was so deep, lol. Seriously, though, these sound delicious! I love the warming spices of chai so I can only image how delicious it is in cookie form! Pinned! Have a wonderful weekend, Gayle!
Haha yes, LOVE chai lattes! Thanks for the cookie love and pin, friend!
I’ve never really gotten into chai lattes — maybe just the Starbuck’s version didn’t do it for me because that’s the only one I’ve tried? I love chai spice however and add it to anything and everything! I love that you added it to these sugar cookies — they look perfectly chewy and the chai spice flavor would make them irresistible!
I’ve tried a few other chai lattes from different places and Starbuck’s is the one that I like the best…but it’s hard to find a good chai! Thanks for the sweet comment, friend!
OK, the weirdest thing just happened. I clicked on this post and suddenly I could smell sugar cookies. I think that’s my subconscious telling me I need to make these cookies, STAT! Plus, I’m obsessed with Chia anything so this recipe is right up my alley 🙂
Haha love it! You do need to make these cookies! 🙂 Thanks, Christina!
I can only imagine how these smell and taste! Can’t wait to try them! Sugar cookies are my weakness!
They’re my weakness too! Thanks, Mira!
Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven says
I’m usually a coffee kinda girl, but I will admit that chai lattes are a HUGE weakness of mine! These gorgeous cookies are most definitely up my alley! You can’t go wrong combining chai spice and sugar cookies!
Aren’t chai lattes the best? Thanks, Sarah!
Chai lattes were some of my first favorites, too! Long before I become a coffee lover, the chai lattes were a staple in my diet. LOVE them, and these cookies sound divine!
Aren’t chai lattes the best? Thanks, Blair!