Glazed Chai Shortbread Cookies
Chai Cookies Recipe

Glazed Chai Shortbread Cookies

These buttery chai shortbread cookies capture the distinct flavor of chai spices as they melt in your mouth.

The Story Behind the Recipe
40 min
02 hrs 30 min



1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice  

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon salt


1 cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 to 2 teaspoons water


Decorator sugar, if desired


 *Substitute 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine butter, brown sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla in bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add all remaining cookie ingredients. Beat at low speed until mixture forms a dough.

  2. STEP 2

    Divide dough into thirds. Shape each third into 6x1 1/2-inch square log. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate until firm (at least 1 hour).

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  4. STEP 4

    Cut logs into 1/4-inch slices with sharp knife; place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-11 minutes or until lightly browned on edges. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla in bowl; stir in enough water for desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies; let stand until glaze is set. Sprinkle with decorator sugar, if desired.


2.5Fat (mg)
5Cholesterol (mg)
30Sodium (mg)
6Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
0Protein (g)


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  February 10, 2012

The cookies were not very good. The dough was very dry and I also had to add more butter and a little extra vanilla. I love chai, but did not love the taste of these cookies. Separating the dough into 3 logs made very small dry cookies. they were really a waste of ingredients. Disappointing.

— says nicole
  November 07, 2011

Excellent cookie! I've been looking for a good chai cookie recipe for a while and tried 3 other recipes with not the best results. One of the things I was most impressed with was when I took a sample into work, people who do not usually like cookies loved these. The dough is a little dry (something that I found with the other recipes as well) so I added a little more butter and put a little water on my hands when shaping the dough. Might try using a bit of milk next time.

— says Mike
  October 24, 2011

I made this recipe last Christmas season, and I think I formed my "logs" strangely, the cookies shrunk down considerably and were just tiny bites. You can really taste the spice in the cookies, and if your family doesn't like spice, I would not recommend these cookies. I, however, LOVED them!

— says Rebecca
  July 22, 2011

These cookies are so good. I will be making them for a cookie exchange and I think I may have a winner!

— says Leah
  December 22, 2010

These were delicious! Just the right amount of spice and sweet topping. I used milk and not water in the glaze. I will give some as a gift with Chai Tea.

— says Wendy
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