Masala Chai Cookies


Warm tea flavors infuse these buttery shortbread cookies.

Masala Chai Cookies
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
40 to 2 " cookies


  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 5 teaspoon loose-leaf masala chai*

  • ¾ cup cold butter, cut up

  • cup white chocolate chips

  • 2 tablespoon heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. In a food processor combine flour, sugar, and loose-leaf chai; add butter. Pulse until dough begins to clump together. Transfer mixture onto a piece of parchment paper. Gather dough, pressing into a disk. Top with an additional piece of parchment; roll dough to 1/8 inch thick.

  2. Using a 2-inch cutter, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookies sheets. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

  3. For ganache: Place white chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a separate bowl microwave cream 15 seconds. Pour over chocolate chips; let stand 1 minute. Stir until smooth. (If white chocolate chips don't melt completely, microwave mixture 5 seconds; stir until smooth.) Let cool 10 minutes. Spread a thin layer of ganache on cookies. Let stand until white chocolate ganache is set. Makes 40.


If you can't find loose-leaf masala chai, in a small bowl stir together 1 Tbsp. black tea leaves, 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom, 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg, and a pinch of black pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

68 Calories
4g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 68
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 11mg 0%
Folate, total 8.8mcg

*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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