Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles

Soft chewy cookies with a chai spiced sugar coating. These cookies are super simple to make and great for a holiday cookie tray!

Round cookies piled together and next to cinnamon sticks.

I love chai. It does not matter if it is just a cup of the tea or made into a fancy drink like a chai latte. I just love the mix of spices. There is an awesome blend of spices in the tea including cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and more. Using this blend of spices to make these chai snickerdoodles is amazing!

Close up picture of three cookies.

What Makes Snickerdoodles So Good

These cookies are a snap to make. You can throw together a batch of these and get them in the oven in a matter of minutes. Seriously! Also, I just love cookies that you roll in a ball and then toss in sugar. They come out of the oven so perfect. Snickerdoodles are sweet and crunchy on the outside but have a soft, chewy inside. They go great with a cup of tea or coffee. Or a cup of chai!

The dough for snickerdoodle cookies is very easy to make. First, use an electric mixer to cream together the butter, egg, vanilla, sugar, cream of tartar, and baking soda. Once everything is well combined, slowly beat in the flour until a smooth, well mixed, cookie dough is formed.

Cookie dough ball rolled in spiced sugar

Roll In Chai Spiced Sugar

Take the ball of cookie dough that you have formed and place it in a small bowl of spiced sugar. Roll it around in the bowl so that the ball is completely covered and coated in the sugar mixture.

Cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet.

How Long To Bake Cookies In Oven

Place the baking sheet in a 375F oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. The snickerdoodles will spread and flatten a little bit, while still being slightly puffed up. This is normal and the cookie will be a little bit crispy on the outside with the sugar coating but the middle of the snickerdoodle will chewy.

Baked cookies on a baking sheet.

Cool On Wire Rack

Use a lifter to take the snickerdoodle cookies off the baking sheet and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.

Cookies next to a coffee mug and cinnamon sticks.

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles

Cookies next to cinnamon sticks.
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All the flavour of chai tea in a bite size cookie. Sweet and crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Spice mixture made of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Chai Sugar Mixture

  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp sugar


  • In a small bowl mix together the cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and cloves. In another small bowl add the 2 tbsp of sugar and 1 tsp of the chai spice mixture.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the butter, sugar, remaining chai spice mixture, baking soda, cream of tartar and egg until smooth and creamy. Beat in the flour until well combined.
  • Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and toss the balls in the chai spiced sugar mixture until the entire ball is coated in sugar and nutmeg.
  • Place the balls 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.


Per serving:

Calories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 30mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 6g

Nutrition Disclaimer


Round cookies piled together and next to cinnamon sticks.

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  • How much chai spice? It doesn’t appear in the recipe….

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    • The ingredient list has all of the spices that make up a chai spice mix. All the quantities are in the recipe.

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  • Yummy cookies… I know they must have tasted good with those Chai spices. 🙂

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