Raise your hand if you like chocolate? Raise your hand if you like chai tea? Raise your hand if you like cookies? If you’re waving your arms around like a maniac by now, you’re going to love this next post!
This time of year always makes me want to bake. Especially since we’ve had a stretch of cool, rainy days, which have fallen on weekends, we’ve been busy baking at our house. Cookies, pies, muffins, you name it, we’ve baked it!
Plus I was excited to try out my “new” baking corner that I carved out in my kitchen.
I moved my stand mixer and a few other items around (musical counters) to allow myself a little more dedicated space to bake this season.
I’m an avid Taste of Home subscriber and I love trying out the featured recipes each month, especially since a lot of them come from local people right here in Wisconsin.
This recipe for Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodle Cookies stopped me in my tracks. How could one cookie possibly combine all my favorite flavors together to create such deliciousness?
I knew I had to try it out for myself and see.
The good news is, they did not disappoint. The bad news is, there are no more cookies left because I ate them all!
You’re also going to love how easy peasy a batch of these are to whip up. Perfect to stack up into treat bags and give out as little gifts at Thanksgiving time. (Hint: if you give them away, you won’t eat them all like I did!)
The dough shapes up nicely and is best to chill for a bit in the fridge before rolling into 1″ balls. I let mine chill for about 20 minutes or so.
Then into a shallow plate of sugar and spice and everything deliciously nice!
It helps to have some little hands that can flatten each ball (we used the bottom of a cup) before popping them in the oven to bake for about 10-11 minutes.
(My son is always jumping at the chance to help me in the kitchen. I am beginning to think I may have a future culinary star in the making.)
These cookies come out smelling divine. Like chocolate and chai had a baby and named it Yummy!
They have just the right amount of “bite” with the spices added, but all the warmth of a traditional snickerdoodle.
Grab one with a cup of tea or coffee and indulge yourself. Hopefully while you’re reading this blog! 🙂
Enjoy the recipe below! (Courtesy of Katie Wollgast, Florissant, MO – Taste of Home Sept./Oct. 2013 issue)
Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp. white pepper
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup baking cocoa
- 2 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Remove 1/2 cup sugar mixture to a shallow dish.
- Add butter to remaining sugar mixture, beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, cream of tartar, baking powder and salt; slowly beat into creamed mixture.
- Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Roll in reserved sugar mixture; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with bottom of glass. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
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