Chai cookies are these ooey gooey chai bars baked in a 8×8″ brownie pan. Like a heavily spiced chai blondie with a gooey center.
Or, as I like to call these cookies: ooey gooey chewy chai bars.
Think of this as the biggest slap in your face of chai ever. You know, if a slap in the face was pleasurable.
I am a complete chai freak. I don’t drink coffee much, so chai is my morning beverage of choice. I make my own chai in large batches (the recipe is in my second cookbook), and I love to make a cup first thing in the morning.
I have a hard time stopping at just one cup, but if I make a cuppa and eat a chai bar, my chai quota is met for the day. Or, at least until 3pm. Then, I slice off another sliver of chai bar, and let it melt on my tongue. I can’t get enough sweet spice!
How to make chai cookies:
My chai has fresh ginger, peppercorns, cloves, crushed cardamom pods, and cinnamon sticks. I included all of those spices in these bars, but in their dried and ground form.
So, since it’s the holiday season, also known as the time of year when we share all the cookies, I’ll be sharing slightly larger batch recipes. I know, hold the phone. But here’s the thing: I like to share!
This recipe is made in an 8 x 8 pan<–there’s a link to my favorite pan.
You can get 6 or 9 bars, depending how you slice them. I normally make bars in a loaf pan for two servings, but it’s the holidays: let’s live it up!
Side note: you can definitely double this recipe and make it in a 9 x 13 pan if you’re really into sharing.
If your little eye is admiring those cute recipe tags, you can print them here. I made these chai cookies for Better Homes & Gardens holiday cookie exchange. They’re calling it the world’s largest cookie exchange, and it’s so full of sugar, I’m giddy just to be invited.
If you need some inspiration, there’s a whole pin board dedicated to the best holiday cookies ever. If you make one of the cookies, share it with the hashtag #BHGCookieExchange. I would love to see! I adapted their Cinnamon Bars recipe to make these Chai Cookies. And I’m so glad I did.
These chai cookies bars are actually really easy: they don’t require a mixer, and the ingredients are pretty basic. If you can stir things together and slop it in a pan, you can totally do this!
Step-by-step to make gooey chai spice cookies:
I love this recipe because it calls for melted butter. Sometimes a cookie recipe calls for softened or room temperature butter, and my butter is in the freezer. And then my right eye starts to twitch because I want, need, gotta have a cookie rightfreakingnow and the butter will take ages to soften. It’s a sigh of relief when a recipe calls for melted butter, am I right? Ok, so first make your spice mixture. Mix all the spices together, and then reserve 1 teaspoon for the topping. Then, whisk together your dry ingredients in a bowl: the flour, spice mixture (less 1 teaspoon), baking soda and baking powder. Then, whisk together your wet ingredients in a separate bowl: melted butter, vanilla brown sugar, and eggs. Easy, no?
Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. No hand mixer required for this cookie bar!
The batter is incredible spoon-to-mouth. But don’t do it.
Spread the batter in an 8×8″ pan. Stop licking the spoon! I see you!
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, and then start testing with a toothpick. You want the insides to be soft and gooey, but not wet. The toothpick will have some moist crumbs clinging to it. I poked these bars in at least 37 places, but then I photoshop’d the holes out so you wouldn’t think I was weird. And now you definitely think I’m weird for photoshopping holes.
Now comes the fun part: melt the butter, granulated sugar and reserved spice mixture. Brush it all on top with your best artistic flare. You are an artiste! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Let the top dry, slice them into chai cookies chunks, and decorate with cute labels. Share if you want. Call me if you don’t.
For the topping:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 3787 Total Fat: 138g Saturated Fat: 86g Cholesterol: 358mg Sodium: 1945mg Carbohydrates: 634g Sugar: 436g Protein: 28g