Chai Tea Cookies are the warmest, most aromatic, chewy and flavorful cookies you will ever have. It’s like having a cup of Chai tea in a baked good, only no tea bags are required.
What Are Chai Tea Cookies?
If you’ve ever had Starbuck’s Chai tea then you are probably already familiar with what these cookies will taste like. These cookies have a warm and aromatic flavor profile with hints of spices and a touch of sweetness.
They are made with a blend of chai spices commonly found in chai tea, such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.
The combination of spices creates a comforting and fragrant taste that is reminiscent of a warm cup of chai tea. The texture can vary depending on the recipe, but they are generally soft and chewy and oh so good!
Ingredients in Chai Tea Cookies:
- Salt, baking soda
- Spices (cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, allspice, ground cloves)
- Vanilla extract
Tips to Making the Best Cookies
This cookie recipe isn’t much different than other cookies, so I will spare you the ‘how to make them’ section, but I did want to point out a few tips:
- Creaming: Creaming butter and sugar together is an critical step in making cookies. Always start with unsalted butter at room temperature. It should be soft to the touch but not melted.
- Beat the butter first: Place the softened butter in the mixing bowl and beat it with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until the butter becomes creamy and smooth. This process incorporates air into the butter, helping to create a light texture.
- Gradually add the sugar: Slowly add ¼ cup of sugar at a time and beat well after each addition before adding more. Continue beating another 4-5 minutes until it is light and fluffy.
- Overmixing: Don’t overmix the dough. Mix the dough until the ingredients are just combined. Overmixing can lead to dense and tough cookies. Stop mixing as soon as the dough comes together.
- Chill the cookie dough: After mixing the dough, refrigerate it for at least 2 hours. If you have the time, it’s best to refrigerate it overnight. Chilled dough helps the cookies retain their shape, prevents spreading during baking and come out chewy.
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Soft, chewy, warm and earthy is the best way to describe these delicious Chai Tea cookies. It’s like having a cup of Chai tea in a baked good.
- 2 ½ Cups Flour
- ½ teaspoon Sea salt
- ¾ teaspoon Baking soda
- 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Cardamon
- ¼ teaspoon All-spice
- ¼ teaspoon Ground cloves
- 1 Cup Butter, room temperature
- ½ Cup Sugar
- ½ Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 2 Large Eggs, room temperature
- Optional: ⅓ white chocolate chunks to decorate after baking.
- Mix the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, and spices) in a large bowl.
- Use an electric mixer to cream the butter with granulated and brown sugar. Mix until smooth and creamy. It is essential to achieve a soft cream before following the next step. See our tips in the post.
- Add both eggs, one at a time, mixing very well after each addition. Eggs should be at room temperature; otherwise, they will break the butter emulsion, resulting in crispy and hard cookies. Next, add vanilla extract and mix to combine.
- Add the dry ingredients to the creamy batter. Use a spatula to combine; the result should be a stiff batter.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours. The chilling process is key to the flavor and chewiness of the cookies. If possible, refrigerate overnight for the best results.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the cookie batter onto the baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between them. Lightly flatten the top with the bottom of a glass.
- Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are set and lightly golden, rotating the rack halfway through. More cooking time will result in crispy cookies, less cooking time more chewy cookies.
- Allow the cookies to cool on a cooling rack. They will slightly harden when cool.
- If decorating the cookies with chocolate, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 60-second batches until fully melted.
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 13-16 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking