Chewy Chai Masala Snickerdoodles

Cookies, Desserts, Fall, Holiday, Quick and Easy, The Holidays

The Year of Cozy came out three years ago. THREE YEARS! That’s insane. Time goes by so quickly. I have to say, I’m so proud of that little book. It’s a little book that could.

This has hands-down been the most-made recipe out of the entire book. These snickerdoodles are delicious. They’re chewy, perfectly spiced with a combination of black pepper, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon. I love giving these away because they have a bit of staying power. They taste delicious even if they’re not straight from the oven.

The chewiness is heavenly. I attribute the cream cheese to their good texture. It’s truly magical in these.

I’m going to be honest and tell you that I don’t drink a ton of dairy milk but man, with these cookies, a glass of milk is SO GOOD.

I love it.

I am a little slow on content this season because I decided to attempt to build a gingerbread estate and now I’m kicking myself because there are a little too many components. I’m nervous I won’t finish it in time but it’s coming along! So many art direction decisions—it’s overwhelming honestly.

I guess I should eat a couple of these cookies and sketch out a game plan.

Chewy Chai Masala Snickerdoodles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies

Chewy Chai Masala Snickerdoodles


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teas[poon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and warm
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Sugar + Spice Coating:
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cardamom


    To Make the Snickerdoodles:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, allspice, and pepper.
  3. To the large bowl of a stand mixer, add the sugar, cream cheese, and butter. Beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the oil and beat until incorporated. next, add the egg, milk, and vanilla. Continue to beat until smooth. In 2 additions, add the flour mixture, being sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl in between, until just mixed.
  4. To Make the Sugar + Spice Coating:
  5. On a small plate, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces of about 2 tablespoons each (or you can use a medium cookie scoop). Using your hands, roll the dough pieces into balls. Working in batches, roll the balls in the sugar and spice mixture. Using the bottom of a drinking glass, flatten the dough balls into 2” cookies. Sprinkle the tops evenly with some of the remaining sugar + spice mixture.
  6. Bake 1 tray at a time for 11 to 12 minutes, rotating the tray after 7 minutes, or until the edges are set and just beginning to brown. Continue until all the cookies are baked. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature before serving.
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  • Reply Lauren Grant | Zestful Kitchen December 7, 2018 at 6:38 am

    These make my mouth water! I can’t wait to try them!

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  • Reply Linda December 8, 2018 at 5:55 am

    These look amazing but I have to admit the word Masala in the name vs. the name at the top of the blog has me a bit confused. I thought maybe you were using a certain spice in the cookie to explain the addition but I’m not seeing it. Does it just mean spicy? I look forward to trying the recipe. Sounds wonderful!!

  • Reply janequiltsslowly December 9, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Adding these to my Christmas cookie “must make” list!

  • Reply Shauna | Linden & Lavender December 12, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Happy Blogoversary!
    I like the idea of adding cream cheese to the cookies. Happy baking and good luck with the the estate!

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