Chai-Spiced Tea Cookies with ginger icing
Masala chai (meaning “tea” in Hindi) is a blend of usually black loose-leaf tea, milk, and a variety of spices, typically including cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. These cookies are baked with ground tea leaves and spices, and topped with a gingery icing and crystalized ginger for plenty of warm, spicy sweetness. How better to enjoy them than with a freshly brewed cup of tea?
Whisk together flour, tea, baking powder, ½ tsp. ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, ½ tsp. salt, cloves, and cardamom.
Cream 2 sticks butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3–5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; beat until combined, then beat in flour mixture just until blended. Cover dough; chill at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment.
Scoop dough with a #60 scoop (2 tsp.); roll into balls and arrange on prepared baking sheets, spaced 2 inches apart. Lightly press balls with the bottom of a glass coated with nonstick spray.
Combine powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp. butter, 2 Tbsp. milk, 1 tsp. ginger, and pinch of salt until smooth, adding 1 Tbsp. more milk as needed.
Spread icing on cookie tops; top with crystallized ginger. Allow icing to harden before serving.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 31mg 1%
Carbs 14g 4%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.