Chai Latte Cookies

Chai Latte Cookies

This last Saturday was my final baking day before Christmas. I spent eleven hours baking and baking, until I had enough cookies to fill a plate for many of our close friends–and then some! It was very tiring, but I always enjoy the process of creating homemade gifts. It feels like you’re offering your loved ones a little piece of yourself!

My new favorite cookie recipe this season is one I’ve been working on for a while, Chai Latte Cookies. These little chai sandwich cookies are ultra tender with a creamy spice flavor and a dollop of cardamom vanilla frosting inside. Mmmmmmmmm.

Hopefully one of these will become YOUR new favorite cookie. Peace on Earth and Goodwill to ALL!

Chai Sandwich Cookies


Yield: 30-40 cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Chai Latte Cookies


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar + extra for rolling
1/2 cup instant chai latte powder
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
Recipe for Spiced Frosting
Powdered Sugar for dusting


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Baking your baking sheets with parchment paper.

Cream the butter, sugar, and instant chai together until fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg, mix well. In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add it to the sugar mixture until beaten smooth.

Add 1/4 cup of sugar to a small bowl. Roll tiny 1/2 inch balls of dough and place them in the sugar. Roll them around to coat and move them to a baking sheet, about an inch apart.

Using the bottom of a glass, press the dough balls until they are slightly flattened out, but not thin.

Bake for approximately 8 minutes.

Once cooled, pipe a small mound of spiced frosting onto half of the cookies (bottom-side-up). Top each cookie with another cookie. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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47 Responses to “Chai Latte Cookies”

  1. #
    Roxan — December 23, 2010 @ 6:29 am

    Wow, I can't believe you made all these cookies! I wish I was one of the lucky recipients. I thought I did a lot of baking with just a few cookies and a couple brownies. :)


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    Skip to Malou — December 23, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    wow what a cookie baking marathon you just did. i bet your house smelled heavenly all throughout the day! my fave would be Chai Latte Sandwich Cookie! what a surprise it would be if ill get that in the mail tomorrow haha..
    merry christmas!


  3. #
    Cherine — December 23, 2010 @ 7:39 am

    So many beautiful and yummy treats!!
    Merry Christmas!!


  4. #
    Katerina — December 23, 2010 @ 8:41 am

    I really do not know which one to choose. They all look fantastic. Especially the double chocolate and the stars are beautiful.


  5. #
    High Plains Drifters — December 23, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

    I gained 5 pounds looking at the pix!

    And thanks so much for picking me!!

    Just sent my address.

    Cheers and Merry Christmas.


  6. #
    Belinda @zomppa — December 23, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

    What a line up! I don't know which one to eat first.


  7. #
    The Food Hound — December 23, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    Lots of varied recipes, and they all look great! I made those chocolate peppermint cookies this past weekend- TO DIE FOR! Have a lovely holiday!


  8. #
    Pacheco Patty — December 23, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a diverse and delicious looking line up of Christmas cookies. I enjoyed it immensely! Merry Christmas:-)


  9. #
    Biren @ Roti n Rice — December 23, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    That's quite a line-up and a marathon! You do have stamina. I love those coconut ginger macaroons. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Sommer.


  10. # — December 23, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

    Excellent lineup! I'll have one of each, please! Have a very Merry Christmas!


  11. #
    Angie's Recipes — December 23, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

    Hi Sommer, I did get your message and I left mine under your Coffee Machine Giveaway.

    (Angie's Recipes said… Sommer, thanks for the message! I am so glad to know that you enjoyed the cookies too. I actually baked some more today as the first two batches were all gone. And sure you can use the cookie photos from my blog. :-)) Thanks again.
    Just tweeted your giveaway :-))
    December 20, 2010 12:03 PM )

    THANK YOU, Sommer!


  12. #
    Emily Z — December 23, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

    All of those cookies look so delicious. If you need any last minute ideas, you should check out the fun creations I've been making this week. The Nutella with sea salt sounds particularly delicious to me this morning. Mmmm. I love sea salt, it makes just about anything better!


  13. #
    Sophie — December 23, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

    What a line up with great cookies for Christmas! Now, what will I make,…I wonder,…!!


  14. #
    sara @ CaffeIna — December 23, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

    I would die for those dulce de leche and nutella thumbprints! Or, I would move close to you so I could get some. Happy holidays Sommer!


  15. #
    Carolyn — December 23, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

    Argh, I so wanted that coffee maker! Ah well, I shall survive. I'd be happy with one or two (or ten) of your cookies!


  16. #
    Mary — December 23, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

    What lovely treats. They all look beautiful and sound delicious. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…MAry


  17. #
    Torviewtoronto — December 23, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

    congrats to the winner
    delicious cookies happy holidays


  18. #
    Evan Thomas — December 23, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

    The rosemary walnut shortbread sounds delicious!


  19. #
    veggietestkitchen — December 23, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    wow your cookies look great


  20. #
    Table Talk — December 23, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

    We do the same cookie baking marathon approach…I guess I feel like as long as we are making a mess in the kitchen, we may as well make a really big mess all at once. Besides, that way you have all of your favorite cookies on one plate to sample the week before Christmas.
    I love the cayenne in the caramel corn!
    Merry Christmas~


  21. #
    The Mom Chef — December 23, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

    All the cookies look fantastic, but the doggie ones still are what put the biggest smile on my face. :)


  22. #
    Christine — December 23, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    Great recipes- yum!
    If you happen to have time to respond to this- do you have a good brining recipe? You're the only person I know that brines. I am thinking of attempting that for Christmas- yikes. :)
    First step- thawing the bird. Wish me luck.


  23. #
    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — December 23, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

    Hey Christine~ Could you email me what you're planning to brine? I use different mixtures depending on what's getting a soak! ;)

    babyhummers (at) gmail (dot) com


  24. #
    My Kitchen in the Rockies — December 23, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

    Dear Summer,
    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.
    All of your cookies look wonderful. Who eats all of them?
    Greetings from Colorado.


  25. #
    Chef Dennis — December 23, 2010 @ 10:52 pm

    Hi Sommer
    what an incredible assortment of cookies!! And the caramel corn is calling to me!!
    Congrats to the winner of your giveaway.
    Have a very Merry Christmas my friend!


  26. #
    Stella — December 24, 2010 @ 12:41 am

    Hey Sommer, this all looks so good, especially since my stomach is empty;-)! Probably shouldn't look at the cookies too long. Those stars are calling out to me…
    Hope you have a relaxing and happy holiday, Sommer!


  27. #
    sweetlife — December 24, 2010 @ 2:04 am

    great cookies, I love them all and I am sure anyone receivieng such treats will be thrilled!!



  28. #
    Eileen — December 24, 2010 @ 2:49 am

    Holy Christmas Cookies Sommer! I'm sure you've made some people very happy baking those gems! Happy Holidays to you and your family!


  29. #
    Chow and Chatter — December 24, 2010 @ 5:15 am

    wow amazing cookies so talented

    Merry Christmas Summer

    hugs Rebecca


  30. #
    Priya Sreeram — December 24, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    wonderful roundup sommers ! wishing u a very merry christmas ! Hope u have a great year ahead !!


  31. #
    John — December 25, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

    "Chai Latte Sandwich Cookies"….[Daffy Duck] DROOL, DRRRROOOOL!!![/Daffy Duck]

    I am making those!


  32. #
    Monet — December 25, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

    Such delicious holiday treats! I am going to be sad when the cookie season is officially over. I hope you and your family have a bright and joyful Christmas. I’m thankful that I found you…your recipes, words and sweet comments bring me so much joy. Many blessings!


  33. #
    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — December 25, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

    Oh my word I'm in cookie heaven just looking at all of your delicious and beautiful cookies! The Chai Latte Sandwiches Cookies are calling my name and so are the Coconut Ginger Macaroons. I MUST make both of these cookies!

    I hope you have a Merry Christmas! :)


  34. #
    Maris — December 25, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

    I'm going to need to get on your holiday gift list next year :) Happy & merry!


  35. #
    Peggy — December 27, 2010 @ 1:46 am

    You definitely look like you've been busy baking! And I thought I baked a ton!


  36. #
    A Canadian Foodie — December 29, 2010 @ 12:24 am

    WHat delicious and delectable fun! I so wanted to participate – and I have many many posts with my gorgeous Christmas cookies – but didn't make ONE or anything this year. I haven't been well – the first year, ever!!!
    And, there is always next year!
    I have so many more to post, and I love this idea!!!


  37. #
    Sanjeeta kk — December 29, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    What an at array of lovely cookies out there.Missed out the post and could not bake these for Christmas. Shall do it for the new year.

    Happy 2011 to you!


  38. #
    autism symptoms — January 20, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Thank you, I have recently been searching for information about this topic for ages and yours is the best I have discovered so far.


  39. #
    Shannon — December 1, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Do the Chai Latte cookies freeze well? I really want to try them and also have a cookie exchange coming up in 2 weeks.


    • Sommer — December 2nd, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

      Hi Shannon! You know, they never last long enough to stick them in the freezer at my house. I’m sure the cookies would be fine in the freezer, but you may want to make the filling right before the event–just to be safe.


      • Barbara — December 13th, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

        I really want to make these for my cookies swap–do they need to be refrigerated though???

        • Sommer — December 13th, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

          Hi Barbara, If you are going to make these several days in advance I would refrigerate them. But if it’s just a day or two, they’ll be fine. :)

        • David — December 14th, 2012 @ 1:18 pm


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    David — December 14, 2012 @ 1:11 pm



    • Samantha N — March 25th, 2014 @ 9:02 pm

      I got mine at Trader Joe’s – it’s just instant chai mix (that you can stir into milk or water to make a chai latte drink). Cheap and delish…


  41. #
    Samantha N — March 25, 2014 @ 9:03 pm

    Sommer, I had to comment – these are wonderful!! I’ve made them twice now, once as a practice round (and my boyfriend demolished them), then again for a cookie swap at work. They were declared delicious by all…somewhat time intensive, but not difficult, and such a unique flavor. Thank you for the recipe, these are a new favorite!




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