Chai Shortbread Cookies

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As a regular reader of this blog you will know I have a sweet tooth. A sweet little something every now and again, quite simply, as far as I am concerned at least, adds to the enjoyment of life.

But when it comes to choosing something sweet to eat, despite appearances to the contrary, I am selective. If I’m going to indulge it has to be good. It has to be worth the calories. And usually my preference is for cakes, a few squares of dark chocolate or a decadent dessert. Cookies rarely get a look in, especially shortbread, as there are so many things I’d rather eat instead.

Shortbread is something I grew up with, unsurprising when you consider my Scottish heritage, but the shortbread I grew up with was always plain shortbread. Sweet and buttery, but in my mind boring.

However the addition of a small amount of ground chai tea leaves makes all the difference taking these Chai Shortbread Cookies, from boring and uninteresting (to me) to a cookie that is suddenly so much more interesting, not to mention fragrant. These cookies are morish and addictive, something I’d never thought I’d say about shortbread, but it might help explain why they’ve been rapidly disappearing!

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Chai Shortbread Cookies
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Adapted from Claire Robinson's Earl Grey Tea Cookies. Makes 24 cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • 2 cups plain (all purpose) flour
  • 3 tbs loose leaf chai tea leaves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup icing (confectioners') sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 230g (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  1. Add the flour and tea leaves to a f food processor and process until the tea is ground and spotted throughout the flour. Add the salt, icing sugar, vanilla extract and butter and pulse until a dough forms. 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.
  2. Preheat oven to 190 celsius (375 Fahrenheit) and line a baking tray with baking paper. Slice the dough into 24 cookies and bake for 12 minutes or until the edges begin to golden. Cool on the baking tray before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.


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29 Comments on "Chai Shortbread Cookies"

December 19, 2013

It could be the tea…I did use sugar.

December 19, 2013

I dont know what I may have done wrong, but my cookies just taste like leaves.

June 11, 2013

I just made these to send to a friend. I did half chai tea and half chai latte powder. I froze the dough for an hour and rolled the edges of the short bread in raw sugar, cinnamon, and a little pepper before baking. They’re in the oven now. Hoping they turn out great! :)

Jennifer, I love these! Just perfect for my afternoon tea. I have to say I also adore your new site design… my new job has kept me well and truly on my toes with hardly any time for blogging, so this is my first time back since you’re reno. Looks so chic and feminine, like you :)

The shortbread sounds heavenly. I have only had Chai tea a couple of times, and love the aroma of the tea. I must give this a try. Bookmarking it and your photos are superb Jen. ♥ Jo

April 11, 2013

These look delicious and I love the ease of slice and bake! It would be great to keep a log of these in the freezer for “emergency” shortbread needs. :) Though I have seen a few Earl Grey shortbread recipes, I haven’t tried ground tea in cookies yet. The flavors of chai sound perfect for a butter cookie and the speckles of tea make the cookies so pretty!. I will be trying these soon. Now my mind is full of ground tea ideas. :)

April 1, 2013

This looks like the perfect recipe to make for an afternoon tea. I can’t wait to try it although knowing my clan, it likely won’t last till afternoon! Thank so much for posting.

I’m with you 100% that little sweet treats make life just that much better. We LOVE chai here, and love shortbread, so… 1+1 = we’ll be making these soon!

Chai sounds like the perfect compliment to shortbread. I’ve always had a soft-spot for shortbread type or sable cookies, the crumbly buttery taste is so comforting.

March 27, 2013

hi,,i cant get chai here in sg,,
any subsitute,,
thanks foe reply,,,

Beautiful photos as always Jennifer! I know what you mean about being selective. If I take a bit of something ‘naughty’ and it’s not amazing then most of the time that will be my last bite.
I don’t think that would be the case with your shortbread though.

Wow! My sons will love these! I often try different flavors in shortbread and this is one I haven’t done yet. I can’t wait to bake these. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Enjoy your week :-)

March 26, 2013

I love the photos in this post Jennifer – they look all moody and beautiful. Have you been experimenting with your photography style? Great recipe too – I’m not normally a huge shortbread fan but I love the look of these.

Lovely photos and I love the addition of chai to the shortbread. Kicks it up a notch for sure.

March 26, 2013

Oh these look so fragrant and delicious! I love shortbread and it would be even more delicious with Chai flavours.

March 26, 2013

Chai and short bread sounds like a good match but when it comes to using tea leaves in baking recipes, is it okay to eat tea leaves?

March 26, 2013

Chai AND shortbread cookies? I think I’m in heaven, this sounds like a dream combination!

March 26, 2013

I love shortbread, chai is a perfect flavor for these cookies!

I’d devour this with my daily cup of tea! Love the added chai here :)

March 26, 2013

I’m with you – if I’m going to indulge, it has to be worth the calories. Thee little treats look divine & I know I have some chai languishing in the back of the cupboard – perfect!