Chai Brown Sugar Cookies

2 Oct

All the new shows are finally starting up on TV.  We are already too involved in Survivor.  I mean Blair is on it.  For those of you who don’t know who Blair is from Facts of Life is, you just made me feel VERY old.  There is cat fighting and bitchy comments all over the place.  Good ol’ reality tv.  I mean what did we watch before Survivor and Big Brother and Honey Boo Boo?

Ok, let’s real talk, have you seen Honey Boo Boo?  It’s like a train wreck you just can not look away from.  They go dumpster diving and use melted butter and ketchup as sauce for pasta.  I gag every time I think of that.  But they are a sorta cute and close.  The mom makes the weirdest faces ever and they were all born without any bodily function control.

Then there is Parenthood with Ray Romano.  You can totally see that Lorali, I mean Sarah is totally gonna fall for him and leave her teacher boyfriend with the really odd facial hair situation.  It’s gonna get good.  And poor Kristina.  Does that mean Haddie will come home?

And on Sunday Amazing Race and The Good Wife and Dexter started so my life is officially complete.  Ok, not really but I will have lots of stuff on my dvr to watch.  What shows are you obsessed with?

Now these cookies go perfectly with a cup of tea while watching trashy ass tv shows, or grown up shows too.  If you are all into that sorta thing.  Like a WW2 documentary or the Joy of Painting.  Whatever floats your boat.

These cookies are soft and chewy and the chai spices just warm the insides.
It’s like fall in a cookie.

I know there are a lot of spices in these cookies. If you don’t have them all or don’t want to spend a ton of money on buying them check out the bulk section of the grocery store and just get what you need. It’s WAY cheaper.

Chai Brown Sugar Cookies

– makes 2 dozen

Chai Brown Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 c butter - room temp
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg - room temp


  1. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside.
  2. With an electric mixer cream together butter and brown sugar on medium for 3-5 minutes, until fluffy. Scrape the bowl down with a rubber spatula. Add in your egg and vanilla. Mix on low until everything is combined.
  3. Add in all your dry ingredients at once and mix on low until the dough forms into a ball and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 1/2 an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F. Move oven rack to the middle position. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  6. Scoop dough by rounded tablespoon and place on cookie sheet and 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes. You want the cookies almost underdone a bit. If you over bake them they are a lot drier.
  7. Adapted from Joy the Baker - Brown Sugar Cookies and The Novice Chef - Chai Snickerdoodles


16 Responses to “Chai Brown Sugar Cookies”

  1. Cassie | Bake Your Day October 2, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    I love brown sugar cookies…and chai spice. These look perfectly chewy and soft, my kind of cookie!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust October 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    We need to be besties and watch TV together. Because OMG BLAIR IS ON SURVIVOR. And all that other stuff too. This is my favorite time of the year for a reason: the new TV season. :) YUMMY cookies too!

  3. Nancy @ gottagetbaked October 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Thank GOD for new fall tv! I was dying over the summer (although I really ought to get out more instead of being a lazy couch potato). There are too many shows on my PVR to count but like you, I also LOVE the Good Wife. I haven’t watched the season premiere yet and I can’t wait. These chai cookies look and sound crazy good. Thankfully I have all these spices in my cupboards so I’m ready to bake these babies up whenever I want.

  4. Renee October 2, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    Anything with the word chai in it speaks right to my heart. And brown sugar seems like the perfect combination.

  5. Kristina October 3, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    These cookies look fabulous! I’ve never made a brown sugar cookie before, the chair sounds great. And so excited for fall TV again.. ! its all about Homeland every Sunday night :)

  6. Jess October 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    The cookies look great. When I want a cookie, this is what I want it to look like!

  7. Angi October 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Oh yeah!! OH YEAH!!

    These turned out awesome!! I added a little more cinnamon (closer to a 1.5 or 2 tsp) and a little more clove/nutmeg (around 1/4 tsp each) because I’m fond of those flavours. I also used butter straight from the fridge (my mixer struggled) and just threw ’em in the oven right away instead of being a patient cook and letting them cool off in the fridge. The pictures were too delectable looking; I wanted them NOW. They still turned out great — the texture is FANTASTIC — awesome recipe :)

    I’m watching Sherlock on netflix and red wine. PERFECT NIGHT!! Thanks!!!!

    • Christina October 25, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

      woo hoo!!!!!!! i’m so glad you liked them. I just discovered Sherlock and am loving it.

      • Angi October 25, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

        I hope you like it — it’s currently my favourite TV show!! But still not word when they’ll make season 3.

        I just checked out the rest of your blog (I know, creepy) — you have some wicked looking recipes. I might give the maple bacon pancake cupcakes a shot :) I also see that you are a nearly-Vancouverite. I hail from the island! Go BC!!

        Anyway, take care! Happy baking!

  8. Megan October 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm #


    I have never left a comment for a recipe before. I have never commented on anything online before, but I have to express my excitement– These cookies came out perfectly. I followed the recipe exactly as written (including room-temperature egg and butter), cooked them for 10 minutes, and they are so delicious. Crispy on the outside, moist in the center. It is everything I have ever wanted a failed cookie to be (there have been so many, many failed cookies, I thought baking was beyond my skills). Make these cookies. Right now. You will feel so proud of your baking skills.

    Thank you so, so much <3

    • Christina October 29, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

      I’m so so happy you liked them. This put a huge smile on my face :)

  9. Megan February 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    UPDATE: I’ve altered the recipe slightly to make Chocolate Chip cookies. I omitted the cardamom, used half the amount of cinnamon, and left everything else as per the original recipe – with the addition of 1/8 tsp rosemary, crushed (that was a last-second experimental addition). The result is a bold, savory chocolate chip cookie. Next time I use this recipe, I will add bacon. I have brought these cookies into work numerous times, and everyone loves them and wants the recipe! Thank you! :)

    • Christina February 28, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

      Those sound fabulous. I can’t get the idea of adding rosemary out if my head. You’re a genius.

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