Chai Masala Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, Fall

Chai Masala Chocolate Chip Cookies

SUUUP! Here we are staring at this beautiful plate of Masala Chai Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I’m in big-time fall mode, cooking up as many things as I can for Thanksgiving. This year I really want to BRING IT. But oddly enough, I’m kind of a classics girl when it comes to Thanksgiving. I want classic Thanksgiving. Classic pumpkin pie sounds nice! I kinda don’t like too many crazy twists.

Are you in the twists, weird interesting Thanksgiving foods?


Are you a classic Thanksgiving foods human?

Leave a comment below.

If you’re a classics, maybe I’ll do a whole post on making suuuuper fluffy potatoes. Maybe I’ll try and make the BEST classic Thanksgiving stuffing everrrr.

It would actually be fun content to create either way!

Chai Masala Chocolate Chip Cookies

OK, let’s talk about these cookies because these scream fall. My friend, Matt, works in one of those hip cool communal workspaces in New York and he texted me a few months ago and was like CHAI CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES.

Apparently a baker drops off chai chocolate cookies to his workspace and he was obsessed wit them. I though the sound of chai in chocolate chip cookies sounded AMAZING…so here we are.

These are wonderfully spiced, super chocolate-y and the texture is so good.

Basically these are my cozy chocolate chip cookies but with spices. That’s it really!

Let’s talk about Chai Masala/Chai/Masala Chai!

I won’t take credit for knowing this info. It all came from my friend Tara O’Brady. But she really broke it down for me.

Chai literally translates to tea. So if you say, “I’m having chai tea,” you’re basically saying “tea” twice.

When referring to the spice mixture that’s in chai, it’s called “chai masala.”

Chai Masala is the spice used in spiced tea. It’s similar to pumpkin spice–it doesn’t imply that there’s pumpkin inside.

With these cookies, it’s called Chai Masala because it doesn’t have any tea inside, but instead leans on the spices often found in the tea. Does this make sense?

Chai Masala Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Chai Masala Chocolate Chip cookies are so delicious and perfectly spiced. All those spices work wonderfully with dark chocolate chunks.

Chai Chocolate Chip Cookies + A Question?

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


Dry Mix:

  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Mix:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chunks


  • To a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, allspice, black pepper and salt together. Set aside.
  • To the bowl of a stand-up mixer with the paddle attachment (you can also do this with a hand-mixer or by hand in a medium/large bowl), add the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat together until nice and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, until combined. Pour in the vanilla extract and beat once more.
  • In one batch, add the flour. You will probably have to lift up the head part of your mixer to be able to add it all at once. Cover the mixer with a clean kitchen towel and turn it on low speed. Mix until the flour is mostly combined and then increase speed until you no longer see any flecks of flour. Pour in the chocolate chunks and mix one last time. Transfer the dough to the fridge to chill for an hour or up to 2 days.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop out balls of dough. If it’s super chilled, you may need to push some dough into the scoop so it’s nice and compact and then release the lever. I like to add all the balls of cookie dough to a sheet of parchment versus scooping dough, as I bake.
  • Transfer 6 to 7 balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them a part because these do spread. Place in the oven and bake for about 7 to 8 minutes. If the dough is super cold, it may need up to 10 minutes to bake. They should be light to medium golden brown. Sprinkle with a few pinches of salt upon exiting the oven. Repeat until you’ve baked all the cookies.
  • To freeze, add the cookie dough balls to a baking sheet and stick in the freezer until very cold, about 20 minutes and then transfer to a freezer-safe plastic bag.
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  • Reply Liz | Flour de Liz October 19, 2017 at 3:40 am

    I always like to try to create unique desserts so I do not go traditional for Thanksgiving. The closest I’ve come to traditional is a pumpkin pie….with a whole lotta bourbon!!! But the rest of the meal is usually pretty traditional.

    And chocolate chip cookies with chai is brilliant. These look divine! Can’t wait to try them! (walnut-free for me!)

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 20, 2017 at 8:23 am

      This is a good plan! And good to know; I feel like most of the answers have been like this!

  • Reply Cara October 19, 2017 at 9:39 am

    CLASSIC EVERYTHING. There’s no other way.

  • Reply Eleanor October 19, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Classic Thanksgiving. I’m a candied yams, buttery mashed potatoes, stuffing kind of girl! I once brought a Sweet Potato Souffle topped w/toasted marshmallows to my mother’s house and my brothers looked at me like I committed murder! Traditional from then on. Lol

  • Reply Cindy S October 19, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Love having my Grandmothers dressing, it’s a must have every year. That along with a few other standby dishes are pretty standard fare for us. But dessert is where we usually go all out and try something new or different.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 19, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Agreed. I think dessert is when it’s time to get fun and crazy!

  • Reply Christina October 19, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Usually in life and in cooking, I’m all about little twists and making things interesting or (gasp!) better. BUT, for Thanksgiving, I agree – I would LOVE a post on really damn good classics! Because I always like to try new and different things, I feel like I’ve never really mastered the classics. Would love lessons from Cozy Kitchen 😀

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 19, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Ooooo this sounds encouraging. I might do this with a couple of side items because I’m so passionate about them! 🙂

      • Reply Cindy S October 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm

        When the whole family gets together we have done away with turkey, since every one has already had it on one side of the family or the other. We have had things like Spanish pile-on or Hamburgers, or Ham with all the fixings.

  • Reply Nancy J October 19, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I’m usually a classic lover for Thanksgiving – but always love to throw in one something new to keep it fresh! However, this year, my daughter announced that her family doesn’t want turkey – of any kind! So, I’d love to hear suggestions of what to do instead. I love all the sides but can you do that and just skip the turkey?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 19, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Haha that’s so funny. One year I did cornish hens! That was a cute option and they also cook very quickly (especially compared to turkey). And yeah, I’ve heard of some people simply skipping turkey all together! 🙂

    • Reply Brooke October 19, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      I know a lot of people do lamb at Christmas. Maybe just move that up a month? I don’t like turkey but “suffer” through it twice a year. How about chicken or duck? Still poultry and stuffable.

  • Reply Ann October 19, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I definitely love the BEST in classics for Thanksgiving! Also can’t wait to try these cookies, I’m ready to leaaaaan way into fall.

  • Reply Lady Lucas October 19, 2017 at 11:26 am

    I’m interested in classic Thanksgiving recipes, as my husband and I will be hosting the holiday for the first time ever in our new home… However, I’m vegetarian and would also love ideas about what to do instead of a turkey. I want to offer the meat eaters something that they enjoy, yet if I can find a suitable veg substitute for poultry… I’m going with it!! Thank you so much! x

    • Reply Brooke October 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Do you eat fish? You could do a “stuffed” fish. Basically get a thick cut of fish (probably a filet for each person) and cut a slit in the top down the middle. Then put your favorite stuffing in it (and on top) and bake.

      • Reply Lady Lucas October 19, 2017 at 2:27 pm

        Thank you Brooke! I don’t eat fish – but my husband and family does, so that’s something to consider for them. If not on Thanksgiving, definitely during the holidays 😉

    • Reply Breanne October 20, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      I’m a vegetarian too – usually for Thanksgiving I’ll make stuffed acorn squash – it’s a meal for me and a (huge) side for the meat eaters.

  • Reply Tabitha October 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

    My family does both – we have our classic Thanksgiving recipes – my Grandma’s corn pudding, my mom’s pumpkin pie, and mashed potato casserole. (Basically mashed potatoes with a TON of butter + sour cream and paprika on top that you bake in a casserole dish. Sounds weird, but it’s delicious!) But my Mom usually switches up the turkey recipe every other year, and she’ll usually try a few new vegetable side dishes. She made Moroccan vegetables one year and we were so obsessed that they’re a new classic.

    Hilariously, we always have 2 stuffings, because my Dad’s Mom always brings her cornbread stuffing even though she and my Grandpa are the only ones who eat it. (It’s always dry, and I honestly think the only reason my Grandpa ate it is because she made him haha.)

  • Reply Jay October 19, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Adrianna…I just wanted to tell you…I ran over to TJs today, and they have very similar multigrain bread flats for your sandwiches. They are small……3” día.,…….but usable!
    Thank you again….do you have a summer vegetarian recipe for lomo saltado? I couldn’t find it in your index….thank you again. I live that you are a oh lover……jk

  • Reply Jay October 19, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Sorry…I don’t understand why my perfect English is so battered technically…..I wrote…I love that you are a dog lover, jk

  • Reply Brooke October 19, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    We do a mix of traditional and non traditional. One year (after seeing this beautiful sliced/layered sweet potato side dish in a catalog for $80!) I decided I could make it myself. It was mandoline sliced sweet potatoes, butter, and brown sugar. It took FOREVER to layer it with butter and brown sugar . It was delicious but absolutely did not stand up in a beautiful presentation. It was really liquidly and sloppy looking. My SIL makes an eggplant parmesan dish that, even though it’s her house, she can’t come to Thanksgiving without it now. LOL

  • Reply Cakey October 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Call me blasphemous, but I really don’t like Thanksgiving food. Pretty much all of it? Except for maybe cornbread and wine, if those count. I’ve been leading a coup to get my family to serve non-traditional food instead.

    What I DO love is these cookies and I will be making some STAT. Chai spice? Chocolate puddles? Yes please.

  • Reply Kari October 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Yum! What a unique combination of flavors!

  • Reply Lydia W. October 19, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I definitely prefer Thanksgiving to be about classic foods. 99% of our menu is dishes I’ve eaten every single year since childhood. Once in a blue moon we’ll throw in a single new dish, but for me, it’s really all about the mashed potatoes!

  • Reply Feestzaal October 20, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe. By adding these flavors, the chocolate chip cookies will taste awesome

  • Reply parth rathod October 20, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Masala chai is every Indians favorite. Well, you gave us something great to eat with it
    the choco chip cookies
    thank you for sharing

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  • Reply Breanne October 20, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I was so excited about these when I saw them on your instagram stories! (at least I think that’s where I saw them first.) Need a baking project for this weekend….this’ll be perfect! Love the flavors of chai. Your chai snickerdoodles from the cozy cookbook are amazing and the cookie people request that I make most often. Thanks!

  • Reply Mookie October 21, 2017 at 4:25 am

    I’d like to see you take on the classics, but like ultra-minimalist classics, where the ingredients are of high quality but low quantity. Roasted duck with every inch of the sucker, including sweetbreads and organs, used in some fashion to flavor or add body or fat to a small selection of starters (say, a strong pâté or terrine with good, fresh bread followed by a silky wisp of pureed soup and then a filet of something airy with a beurre blanc or another emulsified sauce), plus a plated, but generous main protein with veg (peas and fennel with mint or braised wild mushrooms), for example. No “stuffing,” no cheese-laden casseroles or gratins, starches and grains in supporting roles only. Not a spread destined to become leftovers, but to feed guests at a single setting, well, and without waste. I wouldn’t mind a jazzed-up sweets course, though, with cheese, fruit, nuts, and a pastry or pudding centered around chocolate or toffee.

  • Reply Jeanna October 21, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    These look amazing! I will def make them.

    As far as Thanksgiving recipes go, I don’t stray too far from the classics. Your citrus dry brine turkey has been the centerpiece of my last two Thanksgivings! Will make it again this Thanksgiving, too! So good and so easy!

  • Reply Sabrina Stavenjord October 22, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    These Chai Chocolate Chip Cookies sound so interesting yet SO good… I can’t wait to try them!! Thanks for sharing love!

    x Sabrina

  • Reply Teresa October 22, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Thank you for this. I’m going try it and see how my 12 year old likes it. And as for Thanksgiving… I like classics but like to mix up a new dessert, change up my cranberrry sauce, try a new veggie.

  • Reply Teresa October 22, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    And by the way….was looking for an apple pie recipe and this recipe distracted me! I was craving chocolate chip cookies anyway. But I bought a bunch of apples to make a pie. I’ll continue my search now thank you.

  • Reply Teresa October 22, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Ok…. it’s a hit! I’m having them with tea, my mother in law with water & my son just shoveling in. I was afraid the spices might be too much for him but it’s very mild, tasty.

  • Reply Kristin October 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    These cookies are soooooo delish!!!! Gone in less than a day!! Love how u add tips and explanation for y u do things ( in the original cc cookie recipe). Thanks!!

  • Reply Cassie Autumn Tran October 24, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Masala-chai spices in a cookie batch? What a great idea! I love the vibrant chocolate chips and soft doughey-ness of each cookie. Also, I am in TOTAL fall mode–pumpkin spice EVERYTHING FOR ME!!!

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  • Reply Lori October 25, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Something about the texture of these cookies looks just perfect. Also, I just love the photos on your site. Especially love all the cookware and “props”— always so classy and so beautiful!

  • Reply Crissy Whalin October 29, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    These are SO GREAT! Thank you so much for the RAD inspired recipe!! You are one of the few people who’s choc chip cookie recipe bakes TRUE to how you intended and your pics look! We ate them warm and help but use foul language to punctuate HOW EFFING YUMMY they are! 🙂 Making this a fall tradition in my single Mom home! Your blog is brilliant, your work is amazing, you rule! If you’re promoting your book, hit me up, I’m an Exec Producer of a radio show and I also book talent on other radio shows in both L.A., S.F. and nationally! Love your vibe! 🙂 xx, @crissycrissybobissy

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  • Reply Alison November 17, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I’ve made this recipe twice now, subbing a 1:1 Gluten free blend and they come out amazing! I am flabbergasted that i have the self control to throw half in the freezer but its so nice to be able to grab a few out when we want a cookie!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 17, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Oh that’s wonderful to hear. What brand of gluten-free flour blend are you using? Just curious!

  • Reply Alison November 17, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Arrowhead mills 1:1 gluten free. I’ll be trying it with some of your other recipes, i’m a newly diagnosed celiac!

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  • Reply Cate December 5, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Hi! This is my first time on your blog and I’ve already looked at 5 recipes in 5 minutes. Very excited!! Loving it!! I’ve never made a chai drink from scratch but have always wanted to. It just seems so daunting. But these cookies make me want to whip up a batch of them however not without serving some special chai tea with it. Something that competes with a chai latte at your favorite local coffee shop. If you have that or know a good recipe for it, please let me know! Very excited to try this. All the best to you. And thank you!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme December 6, 2017 at 11:12 am

      There’s a recipe in my book for homemade chai! It’s not hard at all but it does require some spices (all of which you can reuse!)!

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  • Reply J. Rivkah February 11, 2019 at 5:33 am

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    Tasty! It’s like gingerbread and chocolate chip cookies rolled up in one.

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  • Reply anansa September 5, 2019 at 9:59 am

    5 stars
    This recipe looks fabulous. Can I add canned pumpkin and rolled oats? I’m not sure how I would add in the additional ingridients without messing up the cookies. Thank you.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 6, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      unfortunately i have no idea. i didn’t test it that way. i have a feeling that would completely mess up the ratios in the cookie.

  • Reply soph January 23, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    5 stars

  • Reply Abby March 21, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing!! To me, they taste like a perfect cross between a Christmas cookie and a chocolate chip cookie! These have officially landed in the “you cannot make these for a long time, they’re too good” category in my house!!