Masala chai cookies!!! I love making fusion desserts. I haven’t done one in a while though so I wanted to make something with masala chai.
After 0.2 seconds of thinking I decided that masala chai cookies was something I NEEDED in my life.
These were amazing. I’ve had chai cookies 2 times before, each time I felt like they lacked flavour. So flavour was my main goal for these cookies.
Ingredients for these cookies
Most of the ingredients in this recipe is your basic ingredients that most cookie recipes use. But there are a few extra ingredients needed to make these masala chai flavoured.
Here are the ingredients you’re going to need for these:
- Unsalted butter – I always prefer to use unsalted butter just so that I can control the amount of salt in the recipe. But salted butter works too, just don’t add any extra salt.
- Loose black tea leaves – masala chai is not chai unless there is tea leaves involved. You want to let these soak in the melted butter, to get the maximum flavour out of them.
- Chai masala – I made this, you could just buy it if you wanted too. I will include how I made it in this blog post though.
- Sugar – I used a mixture of both brown and white sugar. The brown sugar adds great flavour.
- 1 egg
- Plain flour – also known as all-purpose flour.
- The raising agents – I’m using equal amounts of both baking powder and soda. The baking powder helps these rise, the baking soda helps them spread.
- Chocolate – I used a mixture of milk and dark chocolate, you could use whatever kind of chocolate you want.
What is masala chai?
This is a very brief definition but masala chai is essentially a South Asian tea that is flavoured with a range of different spices and then sweetened with sugar.
The term ‘masala chai’ translated to English literally means spiced tea.
Every brown household has their own way of making the spice mix, or the masala, for their tea. If you ever look for a recipe, you will see a lot of different variations!
Like I mentioned, you can buy it if you want to make things easier. Or if your South Asian, you might have the mix already made, in your house, you could use that.
But here is how I made it!
How to make the masala
To make the chai masala for these cookies, these are the spices I used:
- 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
- 2 teaspoons carom seeds
- 2 teaspoons ginger powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 15 cardamon pods
- 10 cloves
All you need to do is crush these together. A coffee grinder is good to use, it will do a great job at crushing everything.
A pestle and mortar works too. If you don’t have either of these, you could just use a food processor.
Side note, the recipe uses 2 tablespoons of this spice mix. The quantities I’ve shown above make a little more than 2 tablespoons, but you can save it and make chai out of it or something else chai flavoured!
Do I need to brown the butter?
I want to say yes. But technically no.
Brown butter adds so much great flavour to cookies, it is definitely worth the extra step, especially for these cookies.
It also doesn’t take long to do, so I think you should brown the butter but if you really wanted to skip this step, you could.
Just instead of 160g of butter, melt 130g of butter instead.
My cookies don’t spread as much as yours?
I make my cookie recipes in a way that gives you thick cookies.
But because you might be using different brands of ingredient, and also different types of ovens bake things differently, you might notice that yours are not spreading as much.
There’s an easy fix to this….be aggressive.
Halfway through baking, take the tray out of the oven and slam it down on your counter a few times. Then after they’re baked, you could slam them down a few more times.
This just helps them spread more, and also it is a little fun to do!
Chopped chocolate or chocolate chips?
I like to always just chop up a bar of chocolate and add it to cookies instead of using chocolate chips.
When using actual chocolate, you get puddles of melted chocolate in your cookies. This chocolate also stays soft once the cookies have cooled, it never fully sets.
Whereas, chocolate chips are designed to hold their shape even when melted and they also completely set once they have cooled down.
Either chocolate works and they both taste great, it’s totally up to you what you want to use!
Making these ahead of time
This recipe makes 9 cookies, I get that you might not want 9 cookies at once….not to worry, you don’t have to bake them all.
Once you make the cookie dough balls, you can leave them in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Or instead you could freeze them for up to 2 months. Then once you’re ready to eat them, or just one, bake them straight from the freezer. You might have to bake them for a few extra minutes though!