Choc chip chai cookies

2 Nov

Choc chip  chai  cookies recipe

Up until a year ago I could take or leave chai. As a coffee lover I often don’t have time for tea. But after discovering some amazing chai tea leaves, rather than the awful powdery stuff favoured by some cafes, I am a chai convert.

Another reason for my love of chai: it melds so well with butter, sugar and flour. It is the perfect pairing for many baked goods, as it adds a lovely depth and flavour. Need proof / inspiration?

Here’s my chai tea sultana cake:

And my chai tea bundt cake recipe:

I recently had the idea of mixing chai with chocolate and my recipe for chocolate chip chai cookies was born. The tea leaves and the dark chocolate are just made for one another, and the ginger creates a warmth that you will love.

Miss9 took over the making of these bickies! They are large and rustic – next time I would probably make them a bit smaller. Either way, these choc chip chai cookies taste amazing.

I was inspired by a recipe from the Australian Women’s Weekly called basic vanilla biscuits.

Choc chip  chai  cookies


200 grams unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup icing sugar, sifted

1 egg

½ cup dark chocolate chips

1 ¾ cups plain flour

½ teaspoon bicarb soda

2 teaspoons chai tea leaves

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon cinnamon

choc chip chai cookies


Preheat oven to 170C and grease and line a baking sheet with non-stick paper.

In bowl of electric mixer beat the sugar, butter, egg and vanilla together until creamy and smooth.

Stir in flour, bicarb, cinnamon, ginger and chai leaves and mix until combined. Using a silver spoon mix in the chocolate chips until just combined.

Roll into balls, place on tray and gently flatten.

Bake for 11-14 minutes, depending on size of your bickie. Cool on trays for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

The Hungry Mum  Choc chip chai cookies


21 Responses to “Choc chip chai cookies”

  1. Lynz Real Cooking November 2, 2015 at 2:37 am #

    different and lovely

  2. cheergerm November 2, 2015 at 5:25 am #

    I too haven’t loved chai but purchased some a few months ago to bake with, haven’t quite got there yet. Great pairing with chocolate Mrs H.

    • The Hungry Mum November 3, 2015 at 9:53 am #

      You’ll love pairing it with choc, too! I have a few more recipe ideas to play around with 🙂

  3. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) November 2, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

    I am a coffee girl, but do love chai in cookies, cakes, fudge…… oh hell the list just goes on and on. May drink the stuff one day 😉

    • The Hungry Mum November 3, 2015 at 6:59 am #

      Yep, it is so fun to bake with that you kinda forget to drink it!

  4. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext November 2, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    These cookies look delicious! Love the chai flavour!

  5. Habiba November 2, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

    So interesting!!

  6. Jan (A gluttonous wife) November 3, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    these sound fantastic…as the mum that will be known as the chia seed hider, I’m all over this recipe!! Jan x

  7. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 3, 2015 at 10:46 am #

    I love chais-because I don’t drink coffee I usually order a chai latte! These biscuits sound like a gorgeous idea 😀

    • The Hungry Mum November 3, 2015 at 10:50 am #

      Thanks! Chai latte is lovely but give me a hot cappuccino and I’m a happy lady 🙂

  8. Bene Bakes November 4, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    Oh my word, I am here for chai-anything!

    • The Hungry Mum November 16, 2015 at 12:57 am #

      Then you will LOVE these bickies! Soooo good 🙂

  9. marymtf November 6, 2015 at 1:52 am #

    I’ve tried the powdery stuff and didn’t like it. People are always raving about Chai drinks. I’ll have to check out the leaves and see what I think. -)

    • The Hungry Mum November 7, 2015 at 10:25 am #

      yes, the leaves make a real difference! I hate the powdery crap you get at some cafes – plus it is full of sugar. You can’t beat the real McCoy.

  10. hotlyspiced November 6, 2015 at 4:59 am #

    What gorgeous cookies. I have to say I’m not a tea drinker and have never tried Chai. Maybe I’ll prefer it in my cookies xx

    • The Hungry Mum November 7, 2015 at 1:53 am #

      It is a lovely drink on a cold winter’s day if you feel like a break from coffee – or if, like me, you’ve already had copious amounts of coffee that day! But in cookies it is even better 😉

  11. Sophie33 November 12, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    I made them & used white spelt flour in these lovely tasty cookies!
    They were very addictive too! 🙂 Yum yum!

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