Chewy Chai Spice Sugar Cookies (Vegan Option)

You need these chewy, sweet, and delicious chai sugar cookies in your life this fall! The warming chai spices with sweet brown sugar in these cookies will be a hit for anyone who tries them. This recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes with just a bowl!

Even if you’re not a fan of chai tea, these cookies are some of the best ever and packed with fall flavors. This recipe uses a basic sugar cookie formula without eggs, but with more brown sugar and added warm chai spices from a chai tea bag. Brown sugar gives these super soft cookies a chewy texture even after cooling.

Not only are these chai latte cookies quick and so delicious, but you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry! These brown sugar cookies would be Perfect at a fall or winter party, served with my Pumpkin Spice Margaritas Or Apple Cider Margaritas!

Plus, if you’d like to add a fun eggnog frosting, inspired by Taylor Swift’s chai cookie recipe, I also include the steps to follow in the recipe notes!

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📖 Origins of recipes

I’ll be the first to admit that this is far from a traditional use of a masala chai and – frankly – it’s a bit of a bastardization of it.

However, I really love using these chai-inspired flavors in these cookies, so it’s really, really important to me that we properly acknowledge the history of chai.

Here is an excellent introduction to the wine cellar Spruce eats:

In 1835, the British established tea plantations in Assam, India. The black teas produced there have found their way into local masala chai recipes. This was the first appearance of masala chai as it is known today, accompanied by spices, milk, sweetener and tea. However, this blend lacked mainstream appeal in the region, as tea was primarily an export product and was too expensive for most Indians.

In India, masala chai is made from scratch with fresh ginger and freshly ground spices. In the United States, it is widely available as a concentrated syrup – common in coffee shops – and as a tea “blend” with dried spices, but it is rarely made from scratch.

Chai has a deep history, rooted in many acts of British colonization, and then became a very popular traditional tea in India, until today, where it has been somewhat hijacked by white Americans.

Masala chai translates to “spiced tea”. However, we have a fairly common idea of ​​what we call “chai” today.

For a great resource on all things Indian cuisine, especially chai, check out my friend’s blog, Masala and Chai.

🎥 Watch the video of this recipe

Why you’ll love these chai cookies

  • Easy and Fast! You only need ONE mixing bowl for this recipe and it’s all done in less than 30 minutes. What could be simpler than that??
  • Simple ingredients – You may already have all of these ingredients at home! Otherwise, they are easy to find! MOREwithout eggs, you can steal as many cookie dough bites as you want!
  • Perfect for fall and winter! It’s good all year round, but especially when the weather is cooler. Have this for dessert after eating it Pumpkin Mac and Cheese!

🥘 What you need for this recipe

Ingredients and substitutions:

ingredients with labels.
  • Stick of butterRegular unsalted butter or vegan butter will work. If you are using vegan butter, I highly recommend using stick butter instead of jarred butter. Earth Balance is the best I’ve found so far. If you can’t find stick butter, jarred butter will always do the trick.
  • Light Brown sugarThe brown sugar makes these cookies so soft and chewy! I do not recommend replacing this ingredient.
  • White sugarFor flavor, a little regular granulated sugar is needed.
  • Vanilla extractFor a stronger flavor, try using vanilla bean paste instead!
  • Milk – I used almond milk, but any plant-based milk is fine as long as it is plain and unsweetened. If you’re not making these vegan, regular milk is fine too.
  • All purpose flour – Regular all-purpose flour is great. For gluten-free products, try to find a 1:1 flour mix!
  • Chai tea bag -You can always make a chai spice blend, but I found the easiest method was to simply open a chai tea bag and mix it into the paste!

📋 How to make chai cookies

Step 1: Prepare the oven and ingredients

Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit.

Remove the butter to allow it to come to room temperature.

Step 2: Prepare the Dough

In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the softened butter and brown sugar until well combined.

To this mixture, add the vanilla and milk, then mix again.

In the same large bowl as the wet ingredients, add the flour, baking powder, and chai spices. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to mix the dry ingredients until you have a paste-like texture.

Step 3: Bake the Cookies

Using a cookie scoop (or your hands), scoop out eight equal-sized balls of cookie dough.

Place each ball of cookie dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet with at least 1 inch between each cookie.

balls of cookie dough before baking.

Sprinkle the top of the dough with a little more white sugar before baking.

Bake the cookies in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 11 minutes. For a completely soft cookie, 10 minutes. For a soft center and crispy edges, 11 minutes is ideal.

Let the cookies cool on a cookie sheet or rack, then enjoy!

cookies on a rack.

💭 Expert tips and tricks

  • To get evenly sized, baked cookies with the best results, I very recommend using a cookie scoop! For this recipe, I used a 1 ½ tablespoon!
  • If you want to make a homemade chai spice blend instead of using the tea bag, mix the aromatic spices together: 1 C. cardamom, 1 tsp. nutmeg, 1 tsp. allspice, 2 tbsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. ground cloves and 3 tsp. grounded ginger. Optionally add a pinch of black pepper.
  • For a simple frosting like Taylor Swift’s chai cookies, mix ¼ cup powdered sugar with about ½ tablespoon milk or almond milk OR eggnog and just a drop of vanilla extract and whisk until smooth . Add cinnamon for a nice touch. Drizzle this glaze once the cookies are almost completely cooled.

Recipe FAQs

How long will chai spice sugar cookies last?

Store these brown sugar chai cookies in a covered airtight container at room temperature for about 1 week, or in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Can I make these into dirty chai cookies?

Certainly! Transform these cookies into a dirty chai version by sprinkling a little ground coffee or espresso powder into the dough and mixing thoroughly!

Should I use stick butter?

I highly recommend stick butter, but if you must use jarred butter, just add 1 extra tablespoon of flour to the dough to keep the consistency.

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📖 Recipe

cookies on a rack with a spoon drizzling with icing

Chai Cookies (vegan option)

You need these moist, sweet, and delicious Brown Sugar Chai Cookies in your life this fall! The warming chai spices in these cookies will be a hit for anyone who tries them. This recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes with just a bowl!

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Course: Breakfast, Desserts

Kitchen: American Indian

Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: ten minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4 people

Calories: 293kilocalories

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit.

  • Remove the butter to allow it to come to room temperature.

  • In a mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the softened vegan butter with the brown sugar and white brown sugar until well combined.

  • To this mixture, add the vanilla and vegetable milk, then mix again.

  • In the same bowl as the wet ingredients, add the flour, baking powder, and chai spices.

  • Use a mixing spoon or spatula to mix until you have a paste-like texture.

  • Using a cookie scoop (or your hands), scoop out eight equal-sized balls.

  • Place each ball of cookie dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving at least 1 inch between each cookie.

  • Sprinkle the top of the dough with a little more white sugar before baking.

  • Bake the cookies in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 11 minutes. For a completely soft cookie, 10 minutes. For a soft center and crispy edges, 11 minutes is ideal.

  • Let the cookies cool, then enjoy!

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Remarks

  • This recipe makes 8 cookies.
  • To get cookies that are cooked and uniform in size, I very recommend using a cookie scoop! For this recipe, I used a 1 ½ tablespoon!
  • If you want to make your own chai spice blend instead of using the tea bag, mix everything together. 1 C. cardamom, 1 tsp. nutmeg, 1 tsp. allspice, 2 tbsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. ground cloves and 3 tsp. grounded ginger.
  • For a simple frosting, mix ¼ cup of powdered sugar with about ½ tablespoon of milk or almond milk OR eggnog and just a drop of vanilla extract and whisk until smooth. Add cinnamon for a nice touch.

Nutrition

Portion: 2cookies | Calories: 293kilocalories | Carbohydrates: 43.3g | Protein: 2.4g | Fat: 11.5g | Saturated fat: 3.5g | Polyunsaturated fats: 2.5g | Monounsaturated fat: 5.1g | Sodium: 130.8mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 26g

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