Saturday 17 October 2015

Chai Snickerdoodles

About 6 years ago the internet was just starting to open the world up. People were discovering other countries and traditions and taking the bits that appealed as their own. One of the things I discovered and loved was the American fun of a cookie exchange - baking one type of cookie by the dozen, and getting together with friends and swapping cookies.

But even back than I didn't have friends who baked. So I started baking and posting them here.

Years later, one of the best {and easiest} cookies I've ever discovered was snickerdoodles. They're little balls of sugar cookie dough, rolled in sugar then baked. They are yummiest warm from the oven, but we've always found them just as yummy after they've cooled and crisped up around the edges. And chai is a lovely Christmas-y spice that pumps up the flavour of the cookies.

2 & 1/3 cups self raising flour
250g butter, softened
1 ½ cups caster sugar
2 eggs
chai sugar
5Tbs caster sugar
1tsp ground cinnamon
1tsp ground cardamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground nutmeg

* mix chai sugar ingredients in a jar
* cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
* add eggs, one at a time, mix well
* add flour, mix well
* refrigerate 1 hour
* roll into balls with damp hands
* pour chai sugar into plate
* roll balls into sugar, place on tray
* bake 180°C 14min
* cool on tray before moving to wire rack


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