chai snickerdoodle cookies (+ the great food blogger cookie swap!)

by Amy on 12 December 2011

recently, i was lucky enough to participate in a truly awesome event — the great food blogger cookie swap! what is that, you ask? essentially, 620 food bloggers signed up to ship 3 dozen cookies — 1 dozen each to 3 different bloggers. some quick math reveals that, yes, that means 22,000 cookies traveled across the world over the last couple weeks. how amazing (+ delicious) is that?!

for my cookies, i wanted to make something with a distinctly holiday feel, but also with a little unexpected twist. i remembered seeing that the fabulous jessica had made chai snickerdoodles a few months earlier, + i knew i had found my perfect recipe. a few hours + a couple of sticks of butter later, i had these awesome cookies baked + ready to ship!

of course, i made sure i made a couple extra to sample + i was really impressed by them. they have a traditional snickerdoodle taste, but with an amazing chai sugar dusting that gives them a delicious flavor + an awesome, unexpected dimension. even my husband, a sweets lover + cookie-eating expert who can be hard to impress, loved them. he also discovered that they’re particularly delicious made into an ice cream sandwich, with salted caramel ice cream in between two cookies. see? if that’s not the move of a dessert genius, i don’t know what is!

oh, + what cookies did i receive? some seriously awesome ones! molasses crinkle cookies, chocolate orange toffee crunch cookies + peppermint spritz cookies. i was really pleased with everything that i received, + even luckier that the bloggers behind them are truly awesome women who i’ve loved getting to know through the swap. i’ll definitely be participating in this again next year, both for the delicious cookies, + the fabulous new blogger connections!

chai snickerdoodle cookies

makes 16-18 large cookies, or about 3 dozen smaller cookies, adapted from the novice chef blog


for the snickerdoodles:
2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), room temperature
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs

for the chai sugar:
5 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg


preheat oven to 350 degrees. prepare cookies sheets with silpat or parchment paper.

in a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, + salt). set aside.

in a small bowl, mix together chai sugar mix. set aside.

in stand mixer, cream together butter + sugar until light and fluffy. add eggs, one at a time.

slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, + mix until combined.

form dough into balls (about 2 tablespoons of dough for a large cookie or about 1 tablespoon of dough for a smaller cookie), roll in chai sugar mix, + place baking sheet. leave space for cookies to spread. bake for about 14 minutes for large cookies, or 11 minutes for smaller cookies, + allow cookies to rest for 5 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

store up to 5 days in an airtight container. try to not eat them all in one sitting. :-)

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1 Julie @ Table for Two December 12, 2011 at 9:29 am

oooo! sounds interesting! chai + snickerdoodle must be amazing. yours look so fluffy & delicious :)

2 amy December 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

i thought the combination of the flavors was just awesome! maybe i’ll bring you a batch when i’m next in DC. =)

3 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee December 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

these look wonderful!! chai (which I love) & snickerdoodle sounds like a great combination. i’m adding this to my cookie recipes i want to try list. thank you for sharing the recipe:)

4 amy December 12, 2011 at 9:45 am

i love chai, too, which is why i was so excited to try these. i think you’re going to love ’em — let me know how they turn out! (also, just a quick note to keep a close eye on them as they bake. i overbaked my first batch, which made them crispy rather than chewy. since i prefer chewy/soft, i kept a closer watch on the rest of the batches + they turned out great!)

5 Cassie December 12, 2011 at 10:29 am

They sound magnificent. Your recipients were lucky, I love chai and I love snickerdoodles, great combo!

6 amy December 12, 2011 at 10:31 am

aww, thanks so much cassie. your recipients were lucky, too, with those amazing-looking pizelles. they are just gorgeous!

7 Jessica @ Cajunlicious December 12, 2011 at 10:31 am

Yum! I love chai, I have a cup every morning. These look delicious Amy!

8 amy December 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

isn’t chai great? it’s a gloomy, cold day in nashville, so i could definitely go for a cup right now!

9 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl December 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

What an interesting twist on snickerdoodles. I adore chai; why don’t I ever think of these wonderful combinations on my own?!? =) My hubby’s fave cookie is the snickerdoodle, so I think I might have to try a batch of these soon!

10 amy December 12, 2011 at 11:50 am

isn’t it a neat twist on the traditional snickerdoodle? i wish i could take credit for coming up with cool combinations like this, but usually it’s someone else’s smart creation. =) let me know how these turn out if you try ’em!

11 Jess December 12, 2011 at 11:57 am

Yummy I love Snickerdoodles AND Chai, so I’m sure these were nothing short of amazing! I am hoping to make some Peppermint Bark this evening… yum!

12 amy December 12, 2011 at 12:18 pm

ooh, send some of that peppermint bark my way, please! it’s a perfect day for cooking + baking here — maybe i’ll do a little myself, too!

13 Jessica December 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Ohh yes! Those are the perfect mailing cookie!

So glad you liked them Amy! And I love the idea of sandwiching them with some salted caramel ice cream! 😀

14 amy December 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm

thanks for the awesome recipe, jessica! i knew, since they were a novice chef blog original, that they’d turn out fabulously. you always come up with the greatest recipes!

15 meredith December 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

What an awesome combo! Looks delicious Amy!

16 amy December 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm

thanks so much, meredith! your limoncello cookies turned out looking absolutely wonderful, too. i’m so glad we were all able to participate in the cookie swap – so much fun!

17 Renee December 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Now this is taking snickerdoodle cookies up one level. I love all the spices in the chai sugar. They should give a special “warmth” to the cookies. Nice for a wintertime treat.

18 amy December 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm

you’re completely right – they do add a lovely warmth to the cookie that gives them a wonderful deep + complex flavor. perfect for cold weather with a cup of tea or hot cocoa!

19 LeAndra December 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm

What a great twist on the much-beloved snickerdoodle! My friends love snickerdoodles, so I’ll try this out on them the next time I bake.

20 amy December 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

fantastic! i hope they turn out absolutely wonderful for you + your friends!

21 New York Diaries December 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I really like how you choose to mix traditional + the unexpected by choosing this recipe! They look absolutely delicious!

Great post!

22 amy December 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm

thanks, m! that’s what i loved most about this recipe, too – the mix of the traditional + the unexpected. in fact, most recipes i like tend to have a blend of both, too. =)

23 kristen @ notsodomesticated December 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Love it! Those look absolutely delicious! I had a great time participating in the swap, too. However, I think I’ve eaten enough cookies to last a lifetime in the last few weeks! 😉

24 amy December 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm

wasn’t the cookie swap so fun? not only was it fantastic to try a bunch of new types of cookies, it was awesome to meet + connect with tons of new bloggers (like you)! =)

25 Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic} December 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Yum! I love snickerdoodles, they are my all time favorite cookie. Chai snickerdoodles sound amazing. I agree with you, I am definitely doing this again next year!

26 amy December 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm

ha! isn’t it crazy how many cookies came through? three dozen cookies doesn’t seem like an awful lot until they’re all sitting out on your counter, begging to be eaten! =)

27 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) December 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Love these…must make them soon! My chai latte, your cookies = a great dessert match!!

28 amy December 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm

absolutely! now if we could just get the two of us in one city at the same time, we could have a big ol’ chai party together!

29 ErinsFoodFiles December 12, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Funny, when I was trying to decide on what cookies to make to send, I told Jessica I was thinking of making her Lofthouse copycat, but I also asked her what cooke from her blog she would recommend most for baking & mailing, and this one was it!

30 amy December 13, 2011 at 8:40 am

ha, how awesome is that? i didn’t tell Jessica ahead of time because i wanted her to be surprised by the blog post, as she was. =) coincidentally, the next cookies i want to make from her blog are the lofthouse cookies! looks like they turned out amazingly well for you!

31 Leslie December 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm

A warm batch of these is sitting on my kitchen counter right now. I popped one in my mouth, AMAZING! :)

32 amy December 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm

awesome! i’m so glad you tried ’em + they turned out great for you. yay for cookies!

33 natalie (the sweets life) December 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I’m kicking myself for not participating in the swap this year-so fun! next year for sure :)

these sound wonderful–my sister would love them!

34 amy December 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm

the people you swap with next year are going to be so lucky – you always make the most amazing-looking desserts + sweets! i’m crossing my fingers that you’re assigned to mail cookies to me next year. =)

35 JulieD December 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Your cookies look wonderful! So glad we did this and pulled it off! 😀

36 amy December 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm

thanks so much, julie! and thanks to you + lindsay for planning such an awesome swap – i’m beyond impressed with you two + i absolutely loved it. will definitely be participating again next year!

37 Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook December 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Yummmmm! I love snickerdoodles, one of my favorite cookies. Bet the chai adds great flavor and twist to the old classic. :)

38 amy December 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm

it does! it definitely puts a modern + delicious twist on the classic cookie. i loved them!

39 Ally Garner December 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Oh I was hoping you’d post this recipe :) I’m not a coffee drinker, I’m a chai tree drinker. These are right up my alley. And I love your hubby’s idea about making these into ice cream sandwiches! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe Amy. I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve been hoping you’d post this one, haha. Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas season!!

40 amy December 14, 2011 at 8:52 am

i hear ya – i’m not a coffee drinker either, but i do drink at least one cup of tea every day. chai is especially delicious! i hope you love these cookies if/when you make ’em! my holiday season is going peachy so far + i hope yours (+ all the parties) has been amazing!

41 Emily Malloy @Cleanliness December 14, 2011 at 10:25 am

I’d be the person eating these in one sitting. Divine! I tell ya!

42 amy December 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

bahaha! i’ve definitely been that girl more than once. =)

43 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts December 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Oh yum! I love the twist on a classic snickerdoodle! I have only had Chai a couple times, but I can imagine it does all sorts of yumminess to these!

44 amy December 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm

it absolutely does – it gives a great depth + a really interesting twist to the traditional snickerdoodle. yum!

45 Baking Serendipity December 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I would have loved to have been on the receiving end of these cookies :) Snickerdoodles are one of my favorites and the chai flavor would pair perfectly!

46 amy December 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

the combination of snickerdoodle + chai was definitely awesome! you should give ’em a try next time you’ve got a hankering for snickerdoodles!

47 Julie at Burnt Carrots December 16, 2011 at 9:59 am

I love snickerdoodles!!! And with chai, I’m in heaven! I’ll be giving these a try (when I get over my cold…). Thanks!

48 amy December 16, 2011 at 10:21 am

i think you’ll love ’em, julie. feel better soon!

49 blackbookkitchendiaries December 16, 2011 at 10:27 am

i really love the flavors in these classic snickerdoodles! its so creative and sounds amazing. thank you for sharing this.

50 amy December 16, 2011 at 11:15 am

you’re so welcome! i hope they turn out fabulous for you if you make ’em!

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