Chai Spice Snickerdoodle Cookies

Chai Spice Snickerdoodles

  • Author: Isabelle Boucher
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 dozen


Inspired by Amira and Duncan’s love story, these cookies are deliciously sweet and a little bit spicy, pairing the chewy goodness of an old-fashioned snickerdoodle cookie with the fragrant spice of masala chai.


Snickerdoodle Cookies:

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp chai spice blend
1/2 tsp salt

Chai-Spiced Sugar:

1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp chai spice blend


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Start by making the snickerdoodle cookie dough. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until pale yellow and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, chai spice and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, prepare the chai-spiced sugar by stirring together the sugar and chai spice until combined.
  4. Scoop out heaping tablespoons of dough, and roll into 1 1/2 – inch balls. Roll the balls in the chai-spiced sugar to coat. Arrange 2″ apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
  5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cookies look set and pale golden brown around the edges. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool off completely.


Homemade Chai Spice Mix: You can use a pre-made spice blend for these cookies, but if you want to make your own, combine 1 crushed cinnamon stick, 2 tbsp green cardamom pods, 1 tbsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, 4 allspice berries and 2 cloves, and grind into a fine powder using a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. (As with any spice blend, feel free to adjust any of the quantities based on your personal preference.)