Chai-Spiced Tea Cookies with ginger icing


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?


3½ dozen cookies

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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, 35 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.

Bake cookies until edges are set, rotating baking sheets halfway through, about 12 minutes; cool on baking sheets 3 minutes then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per cookie


% Daily Value*

Total Fat 5g 7%

Saturated Fat 3g 15%

Cholesterol 18mg 6%

Sodium 31mg 1%

Carbs 14g 4%

Protein 1g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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