Chai Spiced Honey Cookies

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These Chai-Spiced Honey Cookies are the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, and they’re delicious paired with a warm chai tea latte (or probably with a coffee as well)!

chai-spiced honey cookies

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Chai tea is my current favorite caffeine source. I can’t get enough of a chai tea latte sweetened with a little bit of golden honey. See, I’m drooling already.

So, when I got a bag of chai tea from Teami Blends, I figured I’d drink some of it, but that I should probably create a recipe that tasted like a chai tea latte stuffed into a baked good. And so these Chai-Spiced Honey Cookies were born. You’re welcome.

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What is in Chai Tea?

Chai tea is a mixture of black tea, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, clove and star anise. It’s a little sweet, a little spicy and just slightly licorice-y (thanks to the star anise). Basically it’s heaven in a tiny tea bag.

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Preparing Your Chai Tea for the Cookies

Cut open your tea bag and pour your tea into a food processor. Grind your tea until it’s finely ground. Discard any large pieces – I found some star anise pieces left in mine that I through away.

Alternately, you can dump your dry tea mixture onto a cutting board and use a rolling pin to crush the tea into a fine powder. Throw away any large pieces. 

Steps for Making Chai Spiced Honey Cookies

Making the Chai-Spiced Cookies

1. Add your softened butter, sugar and honey to the bowl of a stand mixer.

2. Cream together on medium for 3-4 minutes, or until light and fluffy.

3. Add your egg and vanilla and mix for another 1-2 minutes, until smooth. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl if you need to and mix briefly again. 

4. Sprinkle the baking soda, cinnamon, crushed tea and brewer’s yeast (optional) over the top of the wet ingredients. Add your flour in 2 batches (1 cup each time), mixing in between. 

If your dough seems sticky, you can refrigerate it for 20-30 minutes until it’s a bit more firm. I don’t typically have a problem scooping it right away, though. 

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Baking the Chai-Spiced Honey Cookies

Preheat your oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

5. Using a cookie scoop, scoop balls of cookie dough onto the cookie sheet, spacing them 1-2 inches apart. I baked the cookies in 2 batches of 12 cookies each in order to space them out well, because they do spread a bit.

6. Bake the cookie for 9-11 minutes. They will look slightly underdone. Let them cool for 5-10 minutes before removing them from the baking sheet; this will allow them to set. 

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Can I make my own chai tea blend for this recipe instead of using a tea bag?
Sure! There’s a ton of recipes out there to make your own spice blend, so go for it!

How much of my own blend would I use (what’s equivalent to a tea bag)?
You’ll want to use about 1 1/2-2 tablespoons of ground up tea blend.

Can I substitute liquid chai concentrate?
No, I don’t recommend that. I know it would add sweetness, but I don’t know how the liquid would affect the recipe.

What is the best brand of chai to use?
My favorite so far is Teami Blend’s tea bags – it smells amazing and has great flavor!


My cookie dough is sticky! What should I do?
If your dough is sticky after mixing, refrigerate it for 20-30 minutes. Scoop it immediately after removing from the fridge for the most firm dough. 

Cookies and Latte

Chai Spiced Honey Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
11 mins

Sweet and spicy cookies that taste just like a chai tea latte stuffed into a soft cookie!

Servings: 24 cookies
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 chai tea bag (individual serving)
  • 2 tsp. brewer's yeast (optional)
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 c. flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat sugar, honey and butter together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

  3. While butter and sugar are mixing, cut open the tea bag. Dump the tea onto a cutting board or other hard surface and use a rolling pin to crush the mixture. Discard any large pieces that won't crush. Set aside.

  4. Add egg and vanilla to butter mixture and mix.

  5. Measure baking soda, crushed chai spice, cinnamon and brewer's yeast (optional) to mixing bowl and stir briefly.

  6. Add flour in 2 parts (1 cup at a time), combining in between.

  7. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Use a cookie scoop to scoop balls of cookie dough onto cookie sheet, placing them 1-2 inches apart.

  8. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes.

  9. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

If you make these Chai-Spiced Honey Cookies, please post a comment here! And if you post a picture on Instagram, tag me in it (@biscuitsandgrading)! I’d love to see your finished product!

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  1. Shweta

    Thanks for sharing! I will definitely try it!

  2. D. Allyson Howlett

    This looks so simple and easy to make! I like simple and easy cookies because my son loves to bake with me. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Melissa

    These look delish! What a nice change up cookie flavor!

  4. Trish

    This sounds and looks absolutely delicious! I love chai tea 🍵

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