Perfectly Spiced Chai Shortbread

Chai Shortbread rectangular shaped spiced shortbread cookies.

Chai Shortbread are buttery cookies flavoured with black tea leaves and Chai spice. The recipe makes two logs of dough that will keep in the fridge or freezer until you have time to bake them. 

Get a Jump on that Christmas Baking

Christmas baking started a bit earlier this year when I got opportunity to throw a baby shower for a new mother. I was happy to try out some new recipes and make use of some old ones but one cookie that I knew I had to make was Chai Shortbread.  I had made Chai Shortbread previously for my Christmas goodie platter but that was before I started this blog. Who knows where I left the recipe…I sure don’t. So, instead I’m winging it with one of my regular shortbread recipes and bringing that Chai Spice in from memory!

Just Refrigerate and Bake!

I love cookie recipes that can be made ahead and refrigerated until you need to bake them but I can attest to the fact that shortbread ALWAYS tastes better with a little age. If you can, make the cookies a couple of days before the big event and you will be rewarded with great flavour.

Chai Shortbread a block of spiced shortbread dough being cut into slices.

Creating New Memories with Chai Shortbread

Shortbread is another Christmas staple in our family and it always will be. When I bake it I always end up reminiscing about how my late Grandma Leaderhouse loved baking, especially anything with a lot of butter.

She made the best shortbread and always made sure to make a batch to give to my dad at Christmas. He really looked forward to having his own little treats all to himself. This year, I’m having a difficult time figuring out what my dad would like for Christmas but now I think the answer is right here. Don’t you?

Chai Shortbread ectangular shaped spiced shortbread cookies.

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Yield: 24

Perfectly Spiced Chai Shortbread

Perfectly Spiced Chai Shortbread

Chai Shortbread are buttery cookies flavoured with black tea leaves and Chai spice. The recipe makes two logs of dough that will keep in the fridge or freezer until you have time to bake them.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tbsp loose leaf chai
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

Instructions

    1. Add the flour and tea leaves to a food processor and process until the tea is ground and spotted throughout the flour.
    2. Add the salt, icing sugar, vanilla extract and butter and pulse until a dough forms.
    3. Remove from the food processor and roll into a log of roughly 6cm (2½ inches) in diameter and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
    4. Preheat oven to 190 celsius (375 Fahrenheit) and line a cookie sheet with baking paper.
    5. Slice the dough into 24 cookies and bake for 12 minutes or until the edges begin to golden.
    6. Cool on the baking tray before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 56 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 53mg Carbohydrates: 11g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

19 comments

  1. cathyandchucky

    Ooh I love these! I’ve been on the hunt for different types of shortbread and I do love a good Chai latte so here I can combine the two 😀 xox

    Reply

  2. Tara

    Definitely making these with my mum this year!! love Chai everything! 🙂

    Reply

  3. janet @ the taste space

    I could see why this is one of your favorite recipes. These sound incredible. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      mmm mmm mmm thank you Janet 🙂

      Reply

  4. ptpotts

    I love Chai! Imagine this with a chai latte from Starbucks…yum!

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      yep, or any chai latte! Double Chai FTW!

      Reply

  5. Nicole | Culinary Cool

    Like Grandma Leaderhouse. I too enjoy baking with lotsa buttah! Doesn’t everyone love shortbread?! These are getting added to my list of must-bakes.

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      So this was a recipe from my first Christmas blogging. How do you like the photo rounding and filters? LOL

      Reply

  6. Sarah Gray

    this is basically my dream holiday cookie. So good!

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      ahhhh, yes. Add a cup of hot frothy chai and you’re in business!

      Reply

  7. thefoodblognet

    These look so good, Bernice! I made Chai Shortbread this year too, but I used brown sugar. Next time I think I’ll try them with icing sugar, like you did. The Chai flavour probably shines better.

    Reply

    1. dishnthekitchen

      I love brown sugar shortbread! I have a recipe post for them too but I wasn’t able to get them as tasty as my friend’s Brown Sugar shortbread. I must ask her for the recipe.

      Reply

  8. Amy

    Wow these look so great—I can’t wait to try. A chai shortbread sounds absolutely amazing!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thanks for stopping by Amy, please let me know if you do try them. They are one of my favourites!

      Reply

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