Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Almond Chai Tea Cookies

So here is a new and very interesting sort of cookie to share. I found it on a blog-hop and was immediately drawn to the use of interesting ingredietns. The blog is called Mike's Baking and the cookies feature chai tea and almonds. Seeing as I am not a tea drinker I had to buy chai tea especially for these cookies, so it's lucky that they are yummy enough to want to make again. The flavour is subtle and interesting - the spices are not overwhelming and if you didn't know what was in the cookies you definitely wouldn't be able to guess it. Personally, I prefer to not reveal what is in my cookies, because it amuses me to make people guess when I know that the ingredient is so obscure that nobody will get it. The original recipe called for only wholemeal flour, but I used half and half. Next time I will use just white flour and one whole egg instead of two yolks, just to see how they turn out. As always, I added chocolate chips, but not too many because I could already see that they wouldn't really be necessary. I was so happy with my new cookie recipe that I could not stop eating them for long enough to take any nice photos. Sorry. You'll just have to imagine delicious, golden-brown, crispy cookies, or make some yourself.

Almond Chai Tea Cookies

225 grams butter
1 cup (225 grams) soft brown sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon chai tea (2 or 3 teabags), crushed
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 3/4 cups (225 grams) plain or wholemeal flour (I used half and half)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (110 grams) rolled oats
100 grams toasted flaked almonds
*Optional - 100 grams dark chocolate chips*

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a couple of cookie trays.

Cream the butter with the brown sugar, then add the egg yolks one at a time and beat well.

For the chai tea, I took mine out of the tea bags and crushed them up a bit further with a mortar and pestle, but if it seems fine enough already or you don't mind larger flakes, you could skip that bit. Whether you crush them up extra or not, add the chai tea and the vanilla to the butter mixture and beat well.

Add the flour, baking powder, rolled oats, almonds and the chocolate chips, if you are using them. You can begin to mix the dough with a large spoon but you will probably end up having to use your hands to combine everything properly. The mixture will be a little sticky but easy enough to roll into balls.

Roll small balls of the dough and press onto the prepared cookie trays, leaving plenty of room for spreading. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your cookies. Let them cool a little on the tray, then carefully move them to a wire rack to finish cooling.


  1. Hi Jaimie,
    These cookies look so delicious and would be perfect with my afternoon tea. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. I love the sound of these flavours! Yum.


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