Winter Chai Shortbread Cookies

This summer, I started the tradition of making solstice cookies with the girls. I loved the way they turned out, so I decided to make a chai shortbread cookies to add our winter traditions.

I love the warm, spicy flavors of chai tea, and I think it is perfect for this time of year. For the tea, I just used whatever chai tea blend I had on hand. I wanted smaller cookies, so I used some 1-inch holiday-themed cookie cutters that I found at Target. I finished them off with an orange glaze that I think pairs wonderfully with the warm chai flavoring and symbolizes the return of longer days.

Chai Shortbread Cookies


1 stick of butter, room temp
1/4 c powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp chai tea, finely ground
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c all-purpose flour
pinch of salt


  1. Cream together butter and tea and let sit at room temperature for about an hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Cream together the tea butter, cinnamon, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl or stand mixer.
  4. Add in flour and salt and mix until a soft dough forms.
  5. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Cut out cookies using a 1-2 inch cookie cutter and place on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake cookies in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until edges turn golden brown.

Orange Drizzle

1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tbsp orange juice

Whisk together powdered sugar and 2 tbsp orange juice. Add more lemon juice until you reach desired consistency. Drizzle over cooled cookies.

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