Masala Chai Cookies

The phrase masala chai literally means spiced tea. Our Love Tea Kuchipudi Masala Chai has that lingering gingery and cinnamon taste, with a little heat coming from the black pepper. Such a yummy tea to drink at this time of year. The shops and supermarkets are over stocked with delightful Christmas goodies, but you’ve got to admit that there is something wholesome about home made, which is why this week we decided to make spiced tea cookies!

A lot of parties and dinners are coming up, and no one likes to go anywhere empty handed. These cookies are a good alternative to taking a bottle of wine with you or a dessert. They are very quick and inexpensive to make, and you really do not have to be a stellar baker to get it done. It’s even a fun activity to do with a kid helping out. School is almost over, kids usually like participating in the festivities, but cooking is a fun activity. It could also be a cheap Secret Santa gift.

Tried this one? Let us know by posting a pic of your lovely cookies!

Level: Easy    Servings: 12 cookies    Prepping Time: 20 mins    Cooking Time: 12 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tsp Love Tea Kuchipudi Masala Chai
  • 120 g All Purpose Flour
  • 50 g Brown Sugar
  • 50 g Castor Sugar
  • 1 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 125 g Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Essence

METHOD

In a food blender or chopper, put the flour, brown sugar, castor sugar, tea, mixed spice and salt. Pulse a few times to get a finer dry mix. Make sure that the tea and the spice are distributed evenly and transfer to the food mixer (or the good old Kenwood as we often refer to it in Malta).

Add the butter and the vanilla essence in the mixer and process until a rough dough has formed.

Place the dough on a baking sheet and form a log using your hands. Even out and refine the shape by gently rolling it in the baking sheet. Chill in the fridge for about an hour.

Take out of the fridge and it should have firmed up. Slice cookies of about 0.5 cm thickness, place them on the tray lined with a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 175ºC and bake for 12 minutes or until the cookies have slightly browned. Allow the cookies to cool and store them in a tin (that is if you are not going to eat them right away).