I remember the first time I ever tasted chai as a teenager.
I was amazed.
It was like the flavors of autumn but even more interesting and slightly exotic.
And that was just an iced chai from the Starbucks at the mall.
These cookies are infused with all the chai spices you know and love. I even topped them with an espresso glaze, so I guess technically these are dirty chai cookies.
Whatever you want to call them, they make the perfect afternoon pick-me-up all season long and will make your home smell better than every fall candle from Bath & Body Works.
Chai Sugar Cookie Recipe Tips
This recipe calls for granulated sugar (white sugar) with a splash of honey. That liquid sweetener helps to create slightly puffy and soft cookies because of the extra moisture it adds. You can omit the honey if you don’t have any, but your cookies won’t be as soft and fluffy.
There’s just a touch of cornstarch to again help make these cookies a little softer. Feel free to omit if you don’t have any.
I use an extra egg yolk in this recipe for an extra dose of richness, moisture, and a slight chewiness.
I used pretty traditional chai spices, but feel free to experiment with the spices and amounts. Whatever you do, just make sure your spices are fresh and aromatic.
The espresso glaze is simply made by combining a splash of espresso with powdered sugar. You can also use very strong coffee if you don’t have espresso. I just used instant espresso powder + boiling water to make things easy.
If you’d prefer, you can also omit the glaze entirely. I just like the added flavor and interest it gives these cookies.
To make picture-perfect glaze, remove the glaze to a sandwich baggie. Snip a small hole in one corner and use that to ‘pipe’ the glaze onto the cookies.
Make sure the glaze is completely set and dry to the touch before stacking these cookies to transport or store.
Make Ahead & Storing
Click here to learn how to freeze this cookie dough and bake off from the freezer.
These cookies will keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you want to ensure they stay soft, add a little scrap of bread, tortilla, or apple core to the container to prevent the cookies from drying out.
Cookie Customization Guide
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