Sunday, October 25, 2015

Chai spiced cookies

Sundays are for sleeping in, brunching late and baking something delicious. So last Sunday I picked out a recipe and did a test run. I initially wanted to use this recipe, but because I can never properly follow a recipe, I made some changes. Because of the little changes I made, these cookies turned out to taste like a Chai latte. SO YUMMY. The perfect cookies for autumn: spiced, sweet, crunchy, soft and best enjoyed warm with a cup of tea/coffee. If you don't have any plans this Sunday, I can highly recommend making these Chai spiced cookies, you won't regret it!
Chai spiced cookies recipe

Chai spiced cookies recipe


Chai spiced cookies recipe

What you'll need
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons of fresh minced ginger (you can find this in the supermarket or Asian shop)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon of cardamom
1 egg
1 tablespoon of water
3/4 cup of salted butter (170 grams)
3/4 cup of caster sugar
2 tablespoons of ginger syrup (you can find this in Asian shops)

2 baking trays
baking paper
1 glass with flat bottom

How to make it
Start by preheating the oven to 180 degrees. Use an electric whisk to combine the soft butter and sugar in a bowl. After that, add the egg, water and ginger syrup and whisk until it's all incorporated and smooth. 

In another bowl, sift all the dry ingredients - flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves, cardamom. Add the butter-sugar mixture to the dry ingredients, combine with a spoon and then use your hands to combine and knead everything well. Add more flour if the dough feels too sticky or add a little water if the dough is too dry. You should be able to make non-sticky little balls of dough. 

Wash your hands and lay out the baking paper over both trays. The dough should be good for around 24 cookies. Take small and equal pieces of dough and roll them into balls. Once you've rolled one, place it on the baking tray and squish it with the bottom of a glass until it looks like this:


Chai spiced cookies recipe

The glass might stick a little bit to the dough but you can easily 'peel' the dough off and place it on the tray. Do this to all the dough and place all cookies on the tray, with some space in between. Now it's time to pop them in the oven for around 10 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on them!


Chai spiced cookies recipe


Chai spiced cookies recipe

When your kitchen starts to smell like Christmas, Chai lattes and cookies, it's time to take those babies out of the oven. Leave them to cool on a wire rack but also make sure to eat some when they are still warm, that's the best!


Chai spiced cookies recipe

Place them in a little basket so everyone can enjoy them :) Put them in a closed box if you want to keep them for a few days. Though these taste best when they are fresh!


Chai spiced cookies recipe


Chai spiced cookies recipe


These cookies are kind of like your regular cookie, but then with much more flavour. All the spices make for the perfect combination, and really give the cookies that Chai kind of flavour. The texture is perfect as well: crunchy on the edges but soft on the inside. 


Chai spiced cookies recipe

Let's also take a moment to appreciate these flowers, I'm so pleased with my autumnal bouquet!


Chai spiced cookies recipe

Who want's a bite?


Chai spiced cookies recipe

Me! 

Chai spiced cookies recipe

Chai spiced cookies recipe


Promise me to make these cookies, they are really perfect for fall! If you like Chai latte, you will LOVE these.

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