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Back sometime last year I got inspired by a cup of hot chai tea. Soooo tasty... were there any recipes that could duplicate that particular taste in a cookie? I did a little searching and turned up no existing recipes out on the web.

So what goes in chai tea? A little more creative Googling and I'd turned up the various ingredients that most commonly go into chai tea mixes. From there I started experimenting on cookie doughs, and after half-a-dozen drafts I finally arrived at a final result I was satisfied with. Now, at last, I feel comfortable sharing it with the world. Try these out, and let me know how you like

Chai Cookies

Ingredients:

* 2 1/4 cups flour
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 1 tsp ginger
* 1 tsp cloves
* 1 tsp cardamom
* 1/2 tsp white pepper
* 1 tsp (bag) Darjeeling tea leaves
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp baking soda
* 1 1/2 cups white sugar
* 3/4 cups margarine or room-temperature butter
* 1/8 cup milk
* 1 egg
* 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/2 tsp lemon peel
* 1/4 cup agave nectar

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Mix flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, white pepper, Darjeeling tea leaves, salt and baking soda in medium mixing bowl. Set aside.

3. Put margarine or butter in mixer bowl and combine with white sugar. Add milk and eggs and beat until smooth. Add vanilla extract, lemon peel, and agave nectar. Stir in flour and spices mixture and beat until combined.

4. Place by rounded spoonful on greased (or baking-parchment-covered) baking sheets. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes.

Makes 3 - 4 dozen crisp cookies.


I always have a fun time handing these to people and asking them to tell me what they think it tastes like. Many of them can identify some of the ingredients, but rarely all of them... and when I tell them they're chai cookies, this look of dawning comprehension always comes over their faces and they immediately agree. Try it and see for yourself!

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Date: 2014-01-20 04:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stardreamer
The tea flavor would be the tough one to ID, because you don't normally get tea flavoring in anything but a liquid. These sound absolutely delicious!

If you feel like experimenting with variations, one I'd recommend would be trying garam masala instead of the white pepper. Its flavor goes surprisingly well with tea.

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