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vanilla chai sugar cookies

Vanilla Chai Sugar Cookies – Eggless

Shilpa Joshi
Eggless sugar cookies infused with vanilla masala chai flavor
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, indian fusion
Servings 24 people (dependent on size of cookie cutter)
Calories 232 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the cookie dough:

  • 3/4 cup Softened Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • 2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 3/4 cups All-purpose Flour

For chai blend you will mix into the dough:

  • 2 oz Chai Water made using:
  • 3 tsp Chai Masala
  • 4 oz Water
  • 2 Darjeeling or black tea bags or equivalent loose tea

For the royal icing (inspired by Haniela's):

  • 6 tbsp Aquafaba (liquid from chickpeas cans)
  • 4 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Almond Extract

Instructions
 

Step 1

  • Bring 4 oz water, tea and chai masala to a boil and then let simmer on low for 1-2 minutes. Do not leave on high heat for a long time. You will be left with about half of the mixture, so 2 oz of the chai blend.

Step 2

  • Cream together butter and sugar in a mixer. Once butter is lighter in the shade and fluffy, add in cream cheese, chai blend, and extracts. Mix to combine.

Step 3

  • Add in salt, baking powder and 2 3/4 cup of flour. The dough should not be too wet or it will spread when baking. If the dough seems too wet, add 1/8 – 1/4 of flour at a time until it reaches the right consistency. It should be similar to playdoh. Do not over mix.

Step 4

  • Separate dough into two balls and wrap each or place in the container. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

Step 5

  • Take the dough out of the fridge and roll out to 1/4 inch and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Place on baking sheet and place in the fridge or freezer while the oven preheats. Preheat oven to 360F.

Step 6

  • Once the oven is ready, bake for 9-12 minutes dependent on your preference. I let mine go to 12 because I like a little crispiness at the edges. If you want softer, take out at 8 minutes.

Step 7

  • Let cool and decorate with frosting or icing as you wish. For royal icing, I used the ingredients listed above and beat together in a mixer for 5-7 minutes until it thickened. Depending on the type of decorating you are doing, you may need to add water (1 tsp at a time) to get the consistency you need.

Nutrition

Calories: 232kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 109mgPotassium: 32mgFiber: 1gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 63IUCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chai cookies, chai spice cookies, vanilla chai
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