I am a big fan of trying new recipes and when making savoury recipes, I enjoy making small adjustments here and there to create something unique. When it comes to baking, however, I have found it hard to shake the thought that without following a specific recipe, it simply won’t turn out well.
That changed the day that I stumbled on Chai Spice Baking Blend on a recent trip to Calgary.
I purchased it immediately (along with about $70 more worth of delicious spices which have since become staples in my cooking repertoire) and daydreamed about all of the possibilities. So far, I have used it in a cocktail, on top of a latte and in the following cookie recipe. I don’t think it is too much of an exaggeration to say that it would be good in almost everything, but I’ll let you know if I discover otherwise.
Having decided that the spice would be perfect for cookies, I purchased a few fun ingredients to experiment with and began. I’m lucky enough to say the first round turned out almost perfectly!
Chai Spice Cookies
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup and 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chai baking spice (I found this recipe for homemade chai spice if you can’t find a pre-mixed spice like the one I mentioned above)
Optional: bakers choice of 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips, Skor bits or walnuts (or all of the above!)
1) Preheat oven to 350° and prep two baking trays by covering them with parchment pape
2) Cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar
3) Mix in egg and vanilla
4) Add remaining dry ingredients and stir until blended
5) Blend in your choice of addition, or keep them plain
6) Gather one inch “balls” of dough (mine are rarely perfect balls and more so lumps of dough that are about one inch) and place on the baking sheets
7) Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until you notice a slight browning of the edges/bottom
Maybe Martha’s advice on additions
Based on the taste test conducted in the office, there is no definitive answer as to which addition is the best. I found that the taste of the walnuts were somewhat drowned out by the spice in the cookies. While they provided some crunch, they weren’t all together necessary for flavour. The white chocolate chips and Skor were a little more pronounced in taste but the spice overwhelmed these as well.
I did make some cookies that included all three additions and found that they were a delicious mix of flavour. That said, the winner for me were the plain chai spice cookies. They were interesting and had layers of flavour that were the perfect addition to afternoon tea or coffee without needing all of the other stuff in there.
I hope you enjoy the cookies!