Chai Shortbread Cookies

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One of my favorite drinks, as the weather gets colder, is a chai latte.

In these Chai Shortbread Cookies, I took the flavors of chai tea and put them into a shortbread cookie! With ground cardamom and other warming spices, these cookies are great eaten on their own or with a hot cup of tea.

 Chai Shortbread Cookies – These homemade cookies take traditional shortbread and combines them with the spices of chai tea to produce a unique cookie that is perfect for your holiday cookie tray or exchange. These rolled buttery shortbread cookies are easy to make and melt in your mouth. No holiday or Christmas is complete without a platter or display of festive, from scratch cookie. Get the recipe and learn how to roll out cookie dough evenly and without it sticking to your rolling pin!

Chai Shortbread Cookies – These homemade cookies take traditional shortbread and combines them with the spices of chai tea to produce a unique cookie that is perfect for your holiday cookie tray or exchange. These rolled buttery shortbread cookies are easy to make and melt in your mouth. No holiday or Christmas is complete without a platter or display of festive, from scratch cookie. Get the recipe and learn how to roll out cookie dough evenly and without it sticking to your rolling pin!

Traditionally, shortbread cookies contain flour, sugar, and butter. The combination of these ingredients gives shortbread cookies their characteristic crumbly texture and the feeling that they melt in your mouth. In this recipe, I used powdered sugar in place of granulated sugar so that the cookies melt in your mouth.

 Chai Shortbread Cookies – These homemade cookies take traditional shortbread and combines them with the spices of chai tea to produce a unique cookie that is perfect for your holiday cookie tray or exchange. These rolled buttery shortbread cookies are easy to make and melt in your mouth. No holiday or Christmas is complete without a platter or display of festive, from scratch cookie. Get the recipe and learn how to roll out cookie dough evenly and without it sticking to your rolling pin!

I always stayed away from making cookies that needed to be rolled out, such as these shortbread cookies due to the mess that they would make!

Now, with a new method of rolling cookie dough, your dough will be evenly rolled and won’t stick to your rolling pin or baking mat. This method is detailed in a post from my Holiday Cookie Masterclass.

 Chai Shortbread Cookies – These homemade cookies take traditional shortbread and combines them with the spices of chai tea to produce a unique cookie that is perfect for your holiday cookie tray or exchange. These rolled buttery shortbread cookies are easy to make and melt in your mouth. No holiday or Christmas is complete without a platter or display of festive, from scratch cookie. Get the recipe and learn how to roll out cookie dough evenly and without it sticking to your rolling pin!

Another key to these tender shortbread cookies is to underbake them so that they are barely brown on the edges. For more holiday cookie baking tips check out 10 Tips for Perfect Holiday Cookies.

 Chai Shortbread Cookies – These homemade cookies take traditional shortbread and combines them with the spices of chai tea to produce a unique cookie that is perfect for your holiday cookie tray or exchange. These rolled buttery shortbread cookies are easy to make and melt in your mouth. No holiday or Christmas is complete without a platter or display of festive, from scratch cookie. Get the recipe and learn how to roll out cookie dough evenly and without it sticking to your rolling pin!

I am definitely adding these cookies to my holiday baking list and I hope you enjoy them as well 🙂

 Chai Shortbread Cookies – These homemade cookies take traditional shortbread and combines them with the spices of chai tea to produce a unique cookie that is perfect for your holiday cookie tray or exchange. These rolled buttery shortbread cookies are easy to make and melt in your mouth. No holiday or Christmas is complete without a platter or display of festive, from scratch cookie. Get the recipe and learn how to roll out cookie dough evenly and without it sticking to your rolling pin!

If your cookie tray isn’t full, try one of these other scrumptious cookies!

 Chai Shortbread Cookies – These homemade cookies take traditional shortbread and combines them with the spices of chai tea to produce a unique cookie that is perfect for your holiday cookie tray or exchange. These rolled buttery shortbread cookies are easy to make and melt in your mouth. No holiday or Christmas is complete without a platter or display of festive, from scratch cookie. Get the recipe and learn how to roll out cookie dough evenly and without it sticking to your rolling pin!

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Chai Shortbread Cookies – These homemade cookies take traditional shortbread and combines them with the spices of chai tea to produce a unique cookie that is perfect for your holiday cookie tray or exchange. These rolled buttery shortbread cookies are easy to make and melt in your mouth. No holiday or Christmas is complete without a platter or display of festive, from scratch cookie. Get the recipe and learn how to roll out cookie dough evenly and without it sticking to your rolling pin!
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Chai Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time
1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
 

These Chai Shortbread Cookies take traditional shortbread and combine them with the spices of chai tea to produce a unique cookie that is perfect for your holiday cookie tray!

Course: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (optional) , melted
Instructions
  1. Using an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined. 

  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the flour, ground spices, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat until just incorporated. 

  3. Divide the dough into two equal sized portions. On parchment paper or a baking mat roll the dough out until it is ¼ inch thick. Place both slabs of rolled dough in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. 

  4. When ready to bake the cookies preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the dough from the fridge and cut out the cookies using a round cookie cutter. Place the cut cookies on a lined baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. When the cookies are done let them sit on the baking sheet for 3 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. 

  5. Drizzle cookies with melted white chocolate, if desired. These cookies can be stored in a sealed container for 4-6 days. 

Recipe Notes
  • I find that the easiest way to roll out cookie dough is to place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper. More details on this method can be found here
  • I used a 2-inch circle cookie cutter for this recipe. 

 

 

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100 thoughts on “Chai Shortbread Cookies

    1. Thank you! Some cookies, like shortbread cookies, are essentially an open canvas for different flavors. That is how I like to view it, enjoy!

  1. I’ve always loved shortbread, but, eek…I’ve never made them! These chai ones may be my first go at them because I love chai flavor!!!

    1. I hope you try them! Shortbread cookies are easy to make, I think the hardest part is rolling them out. I would love to hear how your first shortbread baking experience goes 🙂

  2. Oh My!!! These look and sound AMAZING! I am going over to my mom’s this weekend to make christmas cookies. I will be pulling up this post for sure! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. They definitely would be a great addition to any holiday cookie spread. Enjoy, I would love to hear how like the recipe!

  3. I love short bread! Probably my favorite type of cookie especially during the holidays. Such a great twist on a classic! I’ll have to give them a try 🙂

    1. I hate when that happens, I hope you have better results in the future. I prefer to always slightly underbake cookies which helps to prevent this as well 🙂

  4. They look heavenly, definitely in my baking list. I’m sure the spices and cardamom of the Chai would have brought a perfect taste to the cookies.

  5. I never try to make my own version of any kind of cookies and these cookies was looks so yummy and I would love to try these for Holiday

  6. I love Chai tea and enjoy lot more in winter time. I’ve been baking recently lot since I’m home a lot. I never tried to bake shortbread. Those cookies looks so yummy and especially will be super delicious with a cup of tea 🙂

    1. I definitely enjoy chai tea during the winter as well! This recipe is easy and I hope you enjoy. I would love to hear how you like the recipe 🙂

  7. I just adore shortbread cookies and have been collecting cookie molds that I can use when I make them at Christmas time. My grandmother always added a drop of anise oil to hers at Christmas time, lemon extract the rest of the year. I’m tempted to try your chai version for next weekend’s cookie exchange. Thanks, Sarah (as always) for another great recipe. x

  8. holy yum yum! I LOVE cookies and these look amazing! I’ll have to preheat my oven and take a crack out of these… my kids will be thrilled! (me too)
    thanks!

  9. I love this recipe! Perfect Christmas cookies. I always use granulated sugar when making cookies, but now I will change it to powder sugar and hope they will be as yours…melting in mouth:-)

  10. Ooh these look so yummy, and the prefect treat to eat this Christmas. Thanks for the extra recipe tips too.

    This is definitely going on my “new recipes to try” list. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. What!? You are one creative baker! I would never have thought to use Chai tea. I’m sure it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Pun intended. 😉 Nonetheless, I bet it’s a nice surprise from the standard recipe. BTW, I loved all your photos, you are very talented.

  12. Those chai cookies look full of spice and delicious. I love the drizzle over top too! Sometimes shortbread alone is missing something, but these look like you could eat them plain and they’d be perfect too!

    1. Thank you, they are definitely great both ways! The chai flavor makes them more exciting and appealing on their own, enjoy 🙂

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