Introducing… my new all-time favorite cookie recipe. Its everything you could ask for and more in a cookie recipe.
I’m currently writing this 10,000 feet in the air. Isn’t it incredible how advanced technology has become? My roommate and I are headed to spend Christmas in Seattle with my parents, which is going to be pretty awesome because Chelsea has never been to Seattle before!
I always get a little nervous when I take people home with me (aka: Scott), because what if all my hype about how great Seattle is (the food! The culture! The COFFEE!) all fall flat? What if it rains the whole time or we have bad experiences with some random people on the street? It’s like hosting a dinner party… but with the entire city as your charge.
That may or may not make sense, but just roll with me here.
In actuality, I feel similarly whenever I post recipes on here. Every time someone says “So I made one of your recipes last week…” my heart leaps to my throat and I immediately prepare to apologize. Now, those statements have always ended with “and ITS AMAZING,” but I’m just bracing myself for when someone has a bad experience. That’s one reason I sometimes wait a while between posts—if I’m not super in love with a recipe myself, I’m not going to post about it!
These cookies though… saying I’m in love with them would be an understatement.
…Saying I’ve eaten 20 would probably also be an understatement.
(I wish I could say I’m kidding).
Luckily, this recipe makes PLENTY to share, so share I did. I brought some into work, to the musical auditions I played piano for, and passed them out to every friend I saw. So many people asked for the recipe that I feel very confident posting it here and sharing it with you!
I know they’re chai which may leave some of you more “vanilla” types all like “WOAH SAY WHAT!?”, but in reality the chai just creates the perfect overall spice for the cookie. If you wanted to go crazy, throw in an extra chai bag or two and see what happens (and then let me know in the comments!).
These cookies are fluffy with the perfect balance of crispy and chewy. They taste both hearty and sweet and… well. They’re basically just perfect.
- ½ cup (1 stick) plus 6 Tbsp. butter at room temperature
- ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 teabags of Tazo Organic Chai, cut open
- ¼ tsp salt (optional - use more if using unsalted butter)
- 3 cups Quaker Oats (Old Fashioned, uncooked)
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 350F. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until creamy.
- Add eggs and vanilla and continue beating
- Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, chai tea leaves, and salt, and then add to the butter mixture.
- Add the oats and chocolate chips and mix well.
- Drop the cookie dough by the tablespoon (like a golf ball) on a parchment-paper lined cookie sheet .
- Bake 8-11 minutes until light golden brown and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
I’m not that familiar with The Civil Wars, but when I heard this song come up on my Spotify “Indie Christmas” playlist, I immediately knew that it was the perfect music pairing for these Chai Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Cookies. The warm acoustic chords the accompany the breathy tonal quality of the singers bring to mind sipping chai on a cold winter morn. I also appreciate how this simple take of the classic melody is both traditional and refreshingly original.