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Chai-Spice Sugar Cookies
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Chai-Spice Sugar Cookies

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time11 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 large cookies
Author: Pam / Original by America's Test Kitchen


  • cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1½ + ⅓ cups white sugar, divided
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted & still warm
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  • Place 1 1/2 cups of sugar, softened cream cheese, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves and black pepper in a large bowl. Place the remaining 1/3 cup of sugar in a shallow dish and set aside. 
  • Pour the warm melted butter over the sugar, cream cheese and spices then beat the mixture with a hand mixer (or whisk) until creamy and smooth.
  • Whisk in the oil until incorporated. Add the egg, milk and vanilla; continue to whisk until smooth. 
  • Gradually add the flour mixture and mix with a rubber spatula until a soft homogeneous dough forms. 
  • Portion cookie dough by using a 2 tablespoon portion scoop then roll each ball, coating them completely, in the reserved 1/3 cup of sugar.
  • Place 12 sugar coated dough balls evenly spaced on each of the prepared baking sheets. Using the bottom of a drinking glass, flatten dough balls until 2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle tops evenly with some of the remaining sugar.
  • Bake, 1 tray at a time, until edges are set and just beginning to brown, 11 to 13 minutes, rotating tray after 7 minutes.
  • Cool the cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool. Enjoy.