Peppercorn chai shortbread cookies are reminiscent of spice cookies, but with a grown up flavor and a little punch of peppercorn and chai.
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I love a good spice cookie. Gingerbread is fantastic and pfeffernusse is amazing and gingersnaps are great year round. I am in love with this Peppercorn Chai blend (also called Masala Chai), which contains black peppercorns, ginger, cinnamon, green cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, and star anise. It tastes and smells amazing! I’ll be honest, I was a little surprised at first with the spicy heat that the peppercorns give off. It’s intense for a cookie. This recipe won’t be for everyone, but if you love a spicy chai latte, then these cookies are for you! (Plus, they go great with coffee!)
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Okay, back to the cookies. Don’t be afraid of the peppercorn in the peppercorn chai spices, it adds just the right amount of flavor. This spice blend is fantastic and screams the holidays!
With this recipe, it’s best to combine the dry ingredients together first, so that the spices and sugar are evenly mixed! When you add in the butter, the dough is going to appear crumbly, but don’t fret. It will come together once refrigerated.
Place the dough in a ball on a sheet of plastic wrap. Roll it into a tube shape, with the dough being approximately 2.5 inches in diameter. Wrap up and place in the fridge for a couple hours. Then roll the dough log in sugar, slice it in to cookies and bake!
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons Peppercorn Chai spice or Masala Chai spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar, reserved
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients until well mixed. Add vanilla and softened butter and mix well. Dough may appear crumbly. Place dough on plastic wrap and shape into a roll about 2.5 inches in diameter. Place in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
- Heat oven to 375 F. Roll the dough roll in some granulated sugar to coat the edges. Then slice the dough into 1/3 inch cookies and bake on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet for about 12 minutes, when the edges appear golden. Let cool on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack.