These snickerdoodle cookies are chai spiced and sugar-coated with crispy edges and soft and chewy centers.

Chewy Chai Snickerdoodles

Something I’ve come to realize after living here on the west coast for a month is that I swear more than everyone I’ve met so far. It’s blatantly obvious, and I can’t decide whether everyone is just more grown up than me, or if swearing is just something that comes natural to city people who might watch too much television…whatever it is, I’ve taken note!

Chewy Chai Snickerdoodles

Chewy Chai Snickerdoodles

Something else I’ll be doing is baking periodically for these new humans in my life. It’s good to share something that you’ve put a little love into to say “hey! you’re nice!” And boy do I mean it. The people I’ve met so far have been so wonderfully kind and open with me that I can hardly believe it.

Chewy Chai Snickerdoodles

But new friends or no friends, a baked cookie that is this delicious is meant to be baked this time of year. These snickerdoodles are chai-spiced and rolled in a raw sugar and cinnamon coating for some texture on the tongue. The centres are chewy and the edges are crisp – a total cookie dream in my opinion!

Chewy Chai Snickerdoodles

Chewy Chai Snickerdoodles

The oven in my new house and I are just getting acquainted. My oven in Montreal was a total dream but this one seems to run hot. After a cheap oven thermometer purchase, things are working well and now I have some baked goods popping out just how they should. It’s incredible how much a little change in temperature can change the texture of a good cookie recipe.

Chewy Chai Snickerdoodles

So wherever you are in the world, embrace September with these perfectly spiced, chewy cookies! You won’t regret it 🙂

Chewy Chai Snickerdoodles


Chewy Chai Snickerdoodles

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 11 minutes

Yield: 24-30 cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 3-4 cracks of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • For the cinnamon-sugar coating:
  • 1/4 cup raw (or granulated) sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, allspice, and pepper.
  3. In a large bowl, or in a stand mixer, add the sugar, cream cheese, and butter. Beat until light and fluffy, and then add in the oil and beat until incorporated. Add in the egg, milk, and vanilla, and beat until smooth. In 2 additions, add the flour mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until mixed.
  4. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the 1/4 cup of raw sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Scoop out 2-tablespoon sized balls of dough, using your hands or a cookie scoop and roll the ball in your hands to make a nice ball. Roll the ball in the sugar mixture and place each ball of dough on your cookie sheet, placing 8-12 balls of dough on each sheet, depending on how much room you have. Use a glass to lightly flatten the cookie and then sprinkle the tops with some of the remaining sugar and spice.
  5. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, rotating the tray halfway through, until the edges are just browned. Repeat with your remaining dough.
  6. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days.


Looking for more chai baked treats? Check out this Chai Banana Bread!

chai banana bread // warm vanilla sugar

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19 Responses to Chewy Chai Snickerdoodles

  1. Love these chai snickerdoodles! It’s awesome that you made an already fabulous cookie even better with the chai spices!

  2. I LOVE snickerdoodles, and these look like perfection! Baking this weekend 🙂

  3. Medha says:

    Ooh the addition of chai makes these even more delicious than normal! Stunning pics, too 🙂

  4. Lovely cookies and wonderful for sharing! That’s interesting about the swearing thing. Maybe it’s an Ontario thing, since I can swear with the best of them, myself 😉

  5. Ah, yes!!!!!!!!! These cookies look heavenly!!

  6. Hah you’re baking makes up for the swearing!
    I don’t think it is the city life… Maybe the media though..I Grew up on a small island in Norway, and I swore more than my fellow classmates – even the boys! I have since learnt to not do it AS often… But sometimes it just happens… It’s a way of expressing ourselves!
    And Mmmmmm these cookies sound amazing! I was just looking at my Chai Masala mix wondering if I will use it up before moving (…ten minutes by foot) in November.. I might try my paws on these goodies – thanks for the recipe! x

  7. I had the same situation with my new oven. It’s much better than the old one, but I had to learn how to work with it 😀 Cookies look awesome!

  8. What a great way to make new friends!

  9. These look like the perfect snickerdoodles! Snickerdoodles are my kids’ favorite cookies so I’ll have to try these soon!

  10. Pure Ella says:

    Oh great… now I’m craving these amazing cookies 🙂
    They sound soooo good, I can even smell them 😉
    xoxo ella

  11. Wait are you living in SF now?

    Also, I swear a LOT, definitely more than my friends – Venmo even called me out on it LOL. So we can just be a part of that together!

  12. Sabrina says:

    Love those chai spices! These sound delish.

  13. Kate says:

    These sound like a dream—with cream cheese even! I’m going to try to get my hands on the ingredients today so I can give them a try.

  14. Joanne Bruno says:

    I’m glad you’re adapting so well to life in your new city! Personally, snickerdoodles never fail to make me happy and I love that you’ve made them even more delicious with chai flavors!

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