Chocolate Chai Cookies

Grab your favorite mug and enjoy a cup of tea or cocoa with these spiced chocolate cutout cookies.

candy cane shape cookies hanging on white mug
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
40 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
7 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 47 mins


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoon dry instant chai tea mix

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup superfine sugar*

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled

  • 1 egg

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • Royal Icing (recipe, p. xx)


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa powder and chai tea mix. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add sugar and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in melted chocolate. Beat in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Add flour mixture; beat in until just combined. Divide the dough in half. Cover and chill 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough at a time to 1/8 inch thick. Using 3- to 3 1/2-inch candy cane cookie cutter, cut out dough. (If necessary, dip cutters in flour to prevent sticking.) Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Make sure the crooks in the candy canes are wide enough to fit over a mug rim. Reroll scraps once.

  3. Bake about 7 minutes or until edges are firm. If necessary, push crooks in candy canes open while cookies are warm. Remove; cool on a wire rack. Decorate as desired with Royal Icing.


To make superfine sugar, process 1 cup granulated sugar in a food processor 30 seconds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

136 Calories
5g Fat
22g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 42
Calories 136
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 52mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 1g
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Potassium 42mg 1%
Folate, total 12.7mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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