10 Ways to Cook with Chai Plus Chai Shortbread Cookies with Sea Salt

by heidi on September 18, 2012

Chai Shortbread Cookie from FoodieCrush.com

Goodbye summer’s afternoon diet coke, hello chai latté de fall.

Now that my coffee shop is just 18 strides from my office desk—when you work at home you have the luxury of doing things like actually counting how far the kitchen is from the computer—I’m finding that my afternoon routine has made a major switcheroo.

Lately I’ve been craving a different afternoon pick me up rather than the cold diet soda I sometimes wished could be pumped straight into my veins. I’ve been craving a cuppa something hot.

Chai Shortbread Cookie from FoodieCrush.com

I tend to get all wrapped up in what I’m working on, so lately I’ve been making it a point to get up from my chair, move away from the computer screen, stretch my legs and clear my head with a 5-minute afternoon timeout.

My new favorite ritual is partaking of a moment in the waning afternoon sun, sitting on my deck with my chihuahua in my lap and a simple coffee drink in my hand. Lately my favorite has been an afternoon latte. Warm, milky and creamy.

I’ve been making them for myself the past few days and adding a dose of Tipu’s Chai Now, an instant Chai mix from a sweet little company based in Montana. Chai tea in Montana? Apparently so. And no, there’s nary a sign of steers or roping cowboys on their packaging.

Chai Shortbread Cookie from FoodieCrush.com

Savoring the warming flavors of Chai—cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg—got me thinking I should be cooking something tasty that included the same flavors I love drinking.

And then Smudge started asking me for cookies. And then I put two and two together and waah-laah, Chai Shortbread Cookies were being created in my kitchen.

Oddly, I was compelled to add chocolate and sea salt. I’m sure you’ll understand.

Chai Shortbread Cookies with Sea Salt

Serving Size: 12-15 cookies

Chai Shortbread Cookies with Sea Salt


2 sticks butter
⅔ cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoons vanilla
¾ tablespoons Tipu's Chai Now mix or 1 tablespoon chai tea, ground fine
1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup cream
1 tablespoon sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add vanilla and blend well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt and Chai mix and fluff with a fork or whisk. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until ingredients come together. Mixture will be crumbly. Mold dough into an 8-inch log, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour or 20 minutes in the freezer.
  3. With a serrated bread knife cut logs into ¼-inch thick discs and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12 minutes. Cool on a baking sheet.
  4. While cookies are baking, prepare the chocolate chip ganache. In a small saucepan add 1-inch of water, place a glass or heat-proof bowl filled with chocolate chips over the saucepan and bring water to a boil. Stir chocolate chips often as they melt. Add cream and mix until smooth. Remove from heat.
  5. Dip cookies halves into chocolate mixture and lightly sprinkle with sea salt.

Adapted from MyRecipes.com


The feeling of fall leaves us plenty of room for more chai-inspired recipes, and there’s even one you can make for dinner!

Christina makes it impossible to pass up these gorgeous little creamy Chai peaks in Dessert for Two’s Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes

Karen did it again! Nutty brown rice flour gives sweet carrots the perfect lift in Gluten-Free Goddess’ Gluten-Free Carrot Bread with Chai Spices

Yes there are a few steps and a few ingredients in this recipe created for Marsh Madness, but oh man, does Bree bring it again with Baked Bree’s Chai Latte Marshmallows 

 With 3 active boys to shoosh out of the house for school, Alison has found the secret to a hearty and simple breakfast with This Homemade Life’s Overnight Chai Steel Cut Oats 

Staving off her Starbucks Pumpkin Chai latté addiction, Carey has given the rest of us a new addiction with Reclaiming Provincial’s Chai Iced Pumpkin Cookies

With holiday baking around the corner, I have my eye on the sweet love note of a dessert Caitlin presented to Charles in Judicial Peach’s White Chocolate Chai Truffles

The humble almond’s health benefits abound in Leanne’s spiced-up Chai Spice Roasted Almonds from Healthful Pursuit

Kita goes double Chai-time using both chai concentrate plus chai tea in Pass the Sushi’s Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprints 

Yes! Finally! A savory main meal recipe with our feature ingredient: introducing da, da, da, dahhhhh! Dan’s Good Side’s Chai Spiced Salmon Steaks. Ah, Dan you are the man!

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Disclosure: I was sent a sample pack of Tipu’s Chai Now tea but I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own. I just like the tea. And they’re from Montana and keeping it real in the old west.

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks September 18, 2012 at 1:24 am

Oh wow! Had no idea there were so many great chai recipes that I totally missed and I love it! Your cookies look awesome and so do Kita’s and everyone’s everything….I love chai!


Kathryn September 18, 2012 at 2:49 am

Chai tea always reminds me of being at university and spending hours in Starbucks ‘revising’ over a cup with friends. I’ve made other tea shortbread before but not chai tea shortbread; love this idea (especially with the sea salt and chocolate!)


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. September 18, 2012 at 8:12 am

love this Heidi! Hope you are well! Miss you!!


Delishhh September 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

Love it – i am a huge chai tea fan but never cooked with it. These look fantastic.


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking September 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

I have not jumped on the cooking/baking with chai train yet. I do like the warming feeling you get from drinking a chai latte, so I might have to venture out of my comfort zone. Beautiful pictures as always Heidi!


Erin September 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

I’ve been holding out on starting being excited for fall but between the 40˚ weather in Illinois, a new pair of boots, and this post- I think I have to give in. I want those cookies (and anything that is topped with chocolate/sea salt is fine by me!)


Gin September 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

You had me at 2 sticks of butter…


Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes September 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

Such great ideas! Love sweet and salty combos so these cookies will be a good one I’m sure!


Wendy@chezchloe September 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

I’m a chai lover and happy to see some many ideas in one place. One of my favorites I do at Christmas is a masala style milk chocolate truffle.
From here, I will first have a go with the chai oats.


Varada at Tipu's Chai September 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Thanks for your kind words about our little chai company in Montana. And these are awesome recipes, can’t wait to try some of them myself. I have experimented with putting chai in just about everything from marmelade to oatmeal to peach pie but never dreamed of some of these ideas! Very glad you liked the chai and I look forward to continuing to read your creative and beautifully illustrated posts. You have class, Heidi!


alison September 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Thanks for including me in your list. So many great Chai recipes!


Becky September 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

confession… I’m a chai lover!! It’s my very favorite drink. If you ever go to the Beehive Tea Room you must get their green tea chia, it’s out of this world!! I’ll be trying these cookies for sure!


carrian September 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

These are beautiful and I bet your porch is perfect for relaxing year round. Maybe someday you’ll look out the window, and there I’ll be. A little wave, and back to my book… or maybe that’d be creepy. eh, I don’t care. ;)


Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I’m in love with these cookies, so beautiful!


Elise Hagood September 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm

You have no idea how perfect this is for me! Thank you for posting so many delicious things to make with my favorite morning ritual: Chai!


pattyabr September 18, 2012 at 8:35 pm

wow awesome conglomeration of recipes. impressive


vianney September 19, 2012 at 12:38 am

I love chai~ a perfect fall cookie! and what a tasty round up!!


Kristen September 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

You always have the best blogs on your roundups! I am a big fan of Chai – and those cookies look superb!


Christy @ My Invisible Crown September 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Hi! I’m Christy and I just registered for my first conference…Mixed! I’m so happy you’ll be speaking! I just cannot stand myself right now! Wanted to stop by and say hello!


heidi September 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm

That is so great! Can’t wait to meet you!


Heide M. September 19, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Love your ideas, everything looks tempting!


Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking September 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I’m in love with these cookies! I love chai and your pairing with chocolate sounds so good!
great chai recipe round-up. Knew already some, going to check the rest out


Kasey September 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Heidi, those shortbread cookies look positively stunning! Love the spices you find in chai :)


kelley {mountain mama cooks} October 2, 2012 at 7:28 am

Chai? Chocolate? Salt? The ultimate trifecta in cookie world. I’m sure of it!


Charissa October 31, 2012 at 6:21 am

Omg i love chai & this entire bumper crop of chai recipes was so awesome! Thanks for all the chai recipe ideas!


Dan @ Dan's Good Side December 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I somehow just stumbled upon this now (not using stumble upon, do people still use that?!), thanks for the mention. Leave it to me to put tea in the oddest, but tasty, things! ;)


Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) December 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

These are absolutely stunning! I found your blog from the Design Crush cookie roundup, and I can’t wait to explore more!


sara December 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Totally, totally gorgeous cookies…those look amazing. I love chai!


Allison February 6, 2013 at 11:28 am

Hi Heidi!
I loved this whole post on chai recipes and needed to reach out. I work at Bhakti Chai in Boulder Colorado and we fresh press about 1700 pounds of fresh ginger every week to add to our spicy, micro-brewed chai. As a chai lover, I just wanted to make sure knew about us. Email me if you’re interested in chatting! Also, I love your photos and wanted to see if we might be able to use a few on a new website we’re designing — in the recipes section (giving you credit, of course). Look forward to hearing from you!


LETICIA May 16, 2013 at 5:42 am

You can definitely see your expertise in the work you write.


Chocolate Shavings December 10, 2013 at 4:43 am

These look fantastic! I love a rustic cookie like this one far better than a perfectly polished one — yum! And salted chocolate always hold a particular place in my heart ;)


Robin December 14, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Hi! These cookies look so good that I decided to make them for our company cookie swap and bake off. I have one question though. The recipe says to dip the cookie in the ganache but in the photo, it appears more as if there was a “shmeer” of ganache on top? I would prefer the “shmeer”, can I assume you used the ganache as written in the recipe?


heidi December 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I dipped and schmeared both. The schmear gets you a more even edge but a dip tastes just as good :) totally your choice and yes, I used the ganache as in the recipe.


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