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These vanilla chai snickerdoodles are inspired by my favorite tea. They the sweet and soft cookie is covered in a generous layer of delicious spiced sugar.


18-24 cookies

Total time

25 minutes


  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp all spice
  • beans from 1 vanilla pod (optional)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • of salt


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the spice mixture ingredients until the vanilla bean is incorporated throughout and not clumped together. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Slowly mix into the butter-sugar mixture until all the flour has just been incorporated. Don't over mix.
  4. Scoop about 1-2 tbsp of dough onto a baking sheet. Roll the dough in the palms of your hands into a round ball. Then roll the dough ball in the sugar-spice mixture until completely covered. Place the dough back on the baking sheet, 1-2 inches apart.
  5. Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden brown. Remove pan from oven and allow to cool for a couple minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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