Christmas is tomorrow and I kind of wish it wasn’t! It’s my favourite time of year, and I don’t want it to be over!
The last couple days have been pure christmas bliss. Getting up early to go sit in warm coffee shops to eat scones and drink tea with my parents, long afternoons spent christmas shopping with laughs, hot chocolate and old friends, sitting by the tree watching Supernatural re-runs and wrapping presents. Not to mention all the baking I’ve been doing! Whole days to dream up lots of yummy things to make.
But mostly I’ve been taking requests from the family, and around this time of year everyone just seems to want cookies. So cookies it is!
A lot of my down time has been spent curled up with fuzzy socks, a cup of tea, scrolling through my favourite blogs. It’s both incredibly comforting and the best possible source of inspiration and ideas! (Not to mention the humungous friend-crushes I’ve developed on some of these bloggers)
While I was browsing through the absolutely wonderful A Cozy Kitchen I found on her instagram a post that her Chai Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe was up on Urban Outfitters blog. I went to check it out and fell instantly in love. Chai tea is my jam. My dad used to make me chai tea when I was little, and I’d stand on a chair next to him by the stove to watch while he steeped the tea directly into a pot of milk. So when I saw this recipe I was stoked, and got straight to work in the kitchen. I will also be running out to buy Adrianna’s cookbook as soon as humanly possible. As I’m obsessed with her, her blog and these cookies I don’t think I can manage without her book in my life any longer.
So when I read the recipe, it said for each cookie to be about 2 tablespoons. And I did. And they were humungous. My mum peeked into the oven to see what I was making and literally yelled out loud because each cookie had spread to the size of my face. Which is both awesome and slightly terrifying, so halfway through the batch of dough I reduced it to 1 heaping tablespoon which still produced huge cookies, but manageably huge. (I think I just scooped a little too enthusiastically the first time around…)
Adapted from A Year of Cozy
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon fine ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted & warm
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sugar & Spice Mix:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
- In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper
- In an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter, and sugar until combined, light and fluffy
- Add oil, then milk, then egg, mixing until combined between additions
- Add vanilla extract
- In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball
- Roll the dough in the sugar & spice mixture, then place on prepared baking sheets and gently flatten (space out well, these suckers double in size in the oven!)
- Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on size of cookies. They should be lightly golden, starting to flatten but don’t bake too long. They’re best chewy!
I upped the cardamom from the original recipe, but it’s still not super punchy. If you’re a crazy cardamom lover like me, I’d bump it up even more!
A couple of these cookies, a big glass of milk and It’s A Wonderful Life playing on tv, you’ve got yourself a perfect Christmas Eve night.
Happy holidays & happy eating! x