Chai Tea Snickerdoodles

The holidays are coming so let’s get our cookies on! Fall and winter have my favorite flavors of the year. All those cinnamon spices, cocoa, peppermint, cranberry and pumpkin makes you want to curl up next to a fire place. In fact, I stumbled across this recipe when I was enjoying a chai tea and reading a book in bed. It dawned on me….chai tea would make a fantastic holiday cookie! It has all the wonderful winter flavors I love, and has that unique spicy kick! I searched for a recipe and stumbled on this one, because what could make a chai cookie more fabulous? BROWN BUTTER of course! So I tested it, and it came out perfectly sweet and fluffy. So impress friends with some holiday cookie gifts!

Baking Tips:

  • Keep the cream of tartar/baking soda ratio in this recipe to get fluffy cookies.
  • This recipe calls for many spices you don’t often use daily…try going to a store with bulk bins such as Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market to get just enough and pay less!
  • Make a ball of dough then slightly flatten it to get cookies that are crispy on the edges with a soft middle!

Chai Cookies

Chai Tea Snickerdoodles

Inspired by Will Cook for Friends

Servings: ~2 dozen cookies

Prep time: 30 min, Total Time: 40 min


  • 1 cup (2 sticks, or 8oz) unsalted butter – browned and cooled to room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP ground cinnamon + 1 TBSP cinnamon for rolling
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. finely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 cup granulated sugar + 1/3rd cup more for rolling
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs – at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, and spices. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, start mixing the butter on low speed for 30 sec. Slowly add both sugars and mix on high speed until it looks fluffy.
  4. Place mixer on low speed and slowly add in 1 egg at a time, then the vanilla. Mix on low until well combined.
  5. Slowly combine the flour mixer on low-med speed until well combined.
  6. In a separate small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon rolling mix
  7. Make a small ball of dough with your hands and roll in the sugar+cinnamon mix until the ball is well covered.
  8. Place the ball on the prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Slightly flatten the top of the ball with the palm of your hand.
  9. Bake for 8 min for fluffier cookies and 10 min for more crisper cookies.
  10. Let cool on baking sheet for 2-3 min, then transfer to wire rack to cool.

Enjoy some holiday baking!


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