Chai Snickerdoodles*


When I got married, no one told me that Jorge and I would eventually be able to have an entire conversation without opening our mouths. That instead, all we would have to do is look at each other and an entire conversation can take place. I also had no idea how little a guy could care about my hair. Before Jorge, my boyfriends always commented on my hair. They knew that it is one of my best features besides my lovely lady lumps and they also figured out that I will always be less bitchy when someone is talking about how good my hair looks. But Jorge and I are already married. He doesn’t have to stroke my ego anymore or pretend to care about my hair (or shoes, or purses, for that matter). And these days he doesn’t even notice when I get highlights or a haircut until he see’s the charge to the bank account.

Something else no one warned me about? 5 solid days, in a 1600 sq ft apartment, is way to much “together-time”. The dog was thrilled to have Jorge home for so long since they have the same energy levels. For them, it’s GO GO GO all.the.freaking.time. But the cats and I are at our wits end. As the cats and I have learned these past 5 days, the only way to avoid the umm… “love” from Jorge, is to be busy. Not just look busy, because he can see through that. You have to actually BE busy. So as of tonight, my apartment has never been cleaner (seriously, never), my freezer is 100% full of prepared/ready-to-go meals and soups, and I think my email may crash since it won’t know what to do without all the emails in it’s inbox.

In preparation for tomorrow, Jorge’s big day back to work (YAY!! –I mean awww shucks I’m gonna miss you sooo much, sugar), I wanted to make him cookies for his lunch. Well, not for lunch, but to go along with lunch. For some reason Jorge thinks cookies are for dessert…not breakfast, lunch, and dinner —another reason we don’t always get along. But either way, I knew these Chai Snickerdoodles would be a hit with him. They are soft, chewy, and full of flavor. They have the wonderful, slight sour flavor of traditional snickerdoodles…but they also have that amazing warm, spicy flavor you expect from chai tea. The combination of the two makes one hell of a cookie!

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Chai Snickerdoodle Cookies

Yield: 16-18 large cookies

Ingredients:

for the snickerdoodles:
2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), room temperature
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs

for the chai sugar:
5 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookies sheets with silpat or parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt). Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together chai sugar mix. Set aside.

In stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time.

Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and mix until combined.

Form dough into large balls (I used about 2 tablespoons of dough for each dough ball), roll in chai sugar mix, and place baking sheet. Leave space for cookies to spread. Bake for 14 minutes and allow cookies to rest for 5 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

Store up to 5 days in an airtight container. Try to not eat them all in one sitting. :-)

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91 Responses to “Chai Snickerdoodles”

  1. 1

    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — September 6, 2011 @ 1:26 am

    warm, spicy flavor you expect from chai tea + the soft and chewy part….oh, that sounds perfect!! I love snickerdoodles and when done right, they are pretty much the bomb diggity!

    And your hair..you have Pantene girl hair…the hair that just bounces and is totally gorgeous and that everyone else on the planet wants (that would be me!) :)

    • Jessica replied: — September 6th, 2011 @ 1:31 am

      Averieeee!!! We are now officially BFF’s. You must tell me that every morning, even when my hair looks like a lion’s mane. :-D And I promise to do the same! Haha!

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    Kathryn — September 6, 2011 @ 4:44 am

    This sounds like such an amazing combination of flavours – I love the idea of the spiciness of chai tea in a cookie!

    PS you do have *really* good hair.

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    Katherine Martinelli — September 6, 2011 @ 5:39 am

    Boys. Sigh. So many things they will never get. These cookies look to die for! I’m bookmarking them to make soon – I love chai-flavored anything!

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    Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups — September 6, 2011 @ 6:44 am

    Sounds like a great flavor combo. And I’m loving how BIG you made these cookies. He definitely needs to start noticing your hair more if not just for more desserts in his lunch.

    • Jessica replied: — September 6th, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

      I like my cookies, as well as most things, big :-P

      (sorry I totally couldn’t help myself haha)

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    Jan Darnell — September 6, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    Ah yes someone else who understands the term “Too much togetherness.” The Husband is a chai lover I will have to try these out on him.

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    Katrina — September 6, 2011 @ 7:39 am

    Ahaha love this post! I totally agree. Living together in an apartment is a whole lotta together time. I’m not married, but my boy and I have been living together for years. Sometimes I just wish he’d notice when I painted my nails or did something wild with my hair. So, Jessica, your hair is looking mighty fine today. You must have spent all day on it it’s so beautiful….nice cookies too. Chai flavour is my fav :)

    • Jessica replied: — September 6th, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

      Oh Katrina, I think they only way they will notice our hair is if we make it stand up in a mohawk! haha!

      P.S. Your hair is looking super fabulous today. You could be the next tresemme model!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — September 6, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    I’m glad you stopped by my blog so I could discover your blog! I love it! Your hair is gorgeous, cookies look delicious, and your photography is wonderful! :) Have a great week!

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — September 6, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    As a male, this post had me chuckling. :)
    I love snickerdoodles, so I love the twist you made to the classic cookie with the spice of the chai tea. Yum!

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    Anne — September 6, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    Dude, can I just say? WORD. The days when my live-in bf is home can be soooo frustrating – not because I don’t love him, but because he wants attention all the time!

    In other words, I related a little too well to this post (which cracked me up).

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — September 6, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Oh my gosh! I totally understand…there is such thing as “me time” and I have to have it for my sanity!

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    Donalyn — September 6, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    Hi Jessica – had to come over and say hi, after your comment on my blog. I’m so glad I did , cause Chai flavored desserts are awesome! I’ll be trying these for sure. :)

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    Nicole, RD — September 6, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    And these days he doesn’t even notice when I get highlights or a haircut until he see’s the charge to the bank account. — that’s my husband, too. Grrr.

    My husband can’t freakin’ relax either, we always have to be doing something. I laid on the couch 80% of this past weekend (all 3 days) and loved every.freakin’.second.

    And, I love Chai anything…save!

    • Jessica replied: — September 6th, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

      I am so jealous you go to lay around and be lazy so much! I plan on doing that today to make up for my 5 days of crazy energy husband :-P

  13. 13

    Chocolate-Covered Katie — September 6, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    I am so glad you commented on my site today, because it led me to yours… OH MY goodness, your photos are incredible! Do you use a special macro lens? They don’t even look like photos; they look like there’s not really even a screen between me and the vibrant, perfect cookies! So impressed!!!

    • Jessica replied: — September 6th, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

      Aw thanks Katie! I shoot a Nikon with a 50mm Macro lens. :-D

  14. 14

    DeAnna — September 6, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    Ain’t married life grand?

    • Jessica replied: — September 6th, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

      Haha yes, oh yes it is ;-) Hope you and George are doing well down in Tampa!

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    LIndsay @ Peace, Love and French Fries — September 6, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    I cannot WAIT to make these cookies!

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    Jen (A Girl and Her Carrot) — September 6, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    I couldn’t resist the headline ,”tell me my hair is pretty.” Why? Cause I think I have the only husband after nearly a decade together who does still comment on my hair, and in fact one of his pet peeves is if I have rolled it up into what I call a dairy queen sundae swirly bun. Ha! His best friend owns a hair product company…don’t ask. Oh, and by day 3 (yesterday) with husband….one gets a little batty. SO, I love chai anything and the word snickerdoodle! Thanks for the stunning pics and new cookie problem I shall have. ;-)

    • Jessica replied: — September 6th, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

      I am so jealous that your husband notices! But my real jealously is that you have a friend that owns a hair product company! Does that mean you get free products?? Hook a sister up ;-)

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    Julia — September 6, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Dear Jorge, cookies ARE lunch. This is not an opinion, it is science. Just sayin. Jessica, your cookies look wonderful, chai might be my favorite flavor this season!

    • Jessica replied: — September 6th, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

      Yes! EXACTLY! It totally is science!

  18. 18

    Bev Weidner — September 6, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    Good grief those cookies just made me giddy! And, your hair is pretty. ;)

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    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily — September 6, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    When will men get it? Sheeeesh! ;) Maybe if you sprinkled some of the cookie dough in your hair he would be into it?

    • Jessica replied: — September 6th, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

      I think I am going to have to try that. And maybe a little beer. He really likes beer ;-)

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — September 6, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    Oh girl…you had me rolling with this post!! After a 3 day weekend here….5 people, 1 bunny, 1 hamster & 2 fish tanks in 1285 sq feet and I was definitely more than batty!! When hubby is home….we love him…but yes, a different dynamic for sure. We did manage to get out to the beach 1 day, the pool one day and then yesterday he drug us all to the “gun store and shooting range” to show me the “gun” he’s lusting after. HAHA :) Boys……

    And I’ve met you in person….so I can definitely attest to your BEAUTIFUL hair!!!

    • Jessica replied: — September 6th, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

      Ohhhhh no. It would have been a very, very bad idea of my hubs had taken me to the shooting range yesterday. Very unsafe for him :-P

  21. 21

    Joanne — September 6, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    My dad has been home all month and I’m pretty sure my mother has absented herself from the house as much as possible. She may or may not have taken the dog to the vet multiple times. I’m pretty sure an easy way to get me to shut up and sit down would be to shove one of these babies in my mouth! Yum!

    • Jessica replied: — September 6th, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

      Your Mom and I need to get together and share our ways of getting out of the house! LOL

  22. 22

    Kelly — September 6, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    Too funny! I love your hair story. It’s fun how different people comment on different things and how relationships evolve and change as you become more serious & domesticated. I love the idea of chai spice in snickerdoodles. I have some chai spice I blended up awhile ago for some pancakes and now I’m thinking I really ought to make some spiced sugar cookies. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Jen (A Girl and Her Carrot) — September 6, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    Hahaha. Free products sometimes, I don’t ask..but love a goodie bag! Dunno about the need to be jealous now “pantene hair girl.” ;-)

  24. 24

    Jessica @ How Sweet — September 6, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    You said it girl… even whole weekends together can be too much togetherness for me. I need my alone time! And I need one (or ten?) of these cookies.

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    Paula @ Dishing the Divine — September 6, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    I don’t even like snicker doodles, but the idea of the chai spices makes this a potential winner for me! I’m printing this recipe to try at a shower! :)

  26. 26

    Lindsay — September 6, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    Taking this opportunity to test out your comments and tell you you have BEAUTIFUL hair! :)

  27. 27

    Annie — September 6, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    These make me want to fake a dread disease and leave work to go home and bake. Ps. I’ve noted the effective antidote to the hair problem is to focus on hubby’s hair after several comments, hub tends to disappear to get out of the spotlight.

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    Maria — September 6, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    Oh my these cookies are calling my name! LOVE!

  29. 29

    Kristen — September 6, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    Jessica….not only is your hair pretty, but you made me LMAO this morning with your quick wit! I can totally relate to your post and I love you for making me feel that I’m not alone with those exact same thoughts!

    P.S. Your cookies look pretty too! :)

  30. 30

    Me — September 6, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    I’m so sad you slander your husband for all the world to read. That really breaks my heart. I hope that you can find something wonderful about him to tell the world too!

    • Jessica replied: — September 6th, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

      I’m sorry your heart is broken! Have a cookie :-D

  31. 31

    The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time — September 6, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    I think your hair is beautiful. As are your lumps.

    And the cookies; wow. They look absolutely fantastic.

    Congrats on having the house to yourself again.

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    Ali @ His Birdie's Nest — September 6, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    Mmmm chai snickerdoodles sounds amazing!
    P.S. Your hair looks fantastic!

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    Paula — September 6, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    Perhaps Jorge doesn’t notice your hair because he’s too busy eyeing all the great food (these cookies included) that you are always preparing for him. Just sayin’ :)

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 6, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    I know exactly what you mean! My husband and I can have a complete conversation by just glancing at each other. We’ve been married so long that we pretty much know each other’s thoughts. It’s unsettling :-)

    The cookies sound amazing! Love the chai spices in a snickerdoodle. Great idea.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, inc. — September 6, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

    omg loving these!

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    Jorge Segarra — September 6, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

    Haha y’all crack me up. Don’t be too broken up over her “slandering” me, I typically like to drive her nuts on purpose for my own entertainment. Plus its not like she’s ragging on me behind my back, I proofread all her posts before they go out, it’s all in good fun. Plus, the cookies are gooood! :-D

  37. 37

    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — September 6, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    I feel like these cookies were made for me. Chai + Snickerdoodle? Yum!

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    Caitlin @ Vegetarian in the City — September 6, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    those cookies look great!

    and i totally agree on the “tell me my hair looks pretty” deal – they just don’t notice.

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    DessertForTwo — September 6, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    Ummm duh?! How could Jorge not know that you need frequent hair compliments? About 27% of the reason I read your site is because your hair is so dang pretty. I figure it will encourage my hair to grow thicker and more lustrous just by being in front of the computer.
    The other 73% of why I read your site is because your make yummy desserts like this! I never thought to combine chai with delicious snickerdoodles! Love!

    • Jessica replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

      I looovvveeee youuuu so much! :-D

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    Nutmeg Nanny — September 6, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    These cookies look and sound amazing! As I was sipping my chai latte today I thought how I should make a chai flavored cookie…then I see this :) Perfect!

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    Maryanna — September 6, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

    Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!!! A HUGE snickerdoodle (and the chai sugar sounds yum). I bet your hubbie wanted you to pack him a few of those in his lunch. I’m ::this close:: to asking you to pack my lunch.

    • Jessica replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

      I will totally pack your lunch! For some reason I get some weird satisfaction out of packing a lunch in a lunch box. lol

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    Baking Serendipity — September 6, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

    Looove snickerdoodles and chai tea…this is a perfect combination cookie :) This post made me smile. I think my husband tells me my hair looks good without ever even looking. Boys.

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    Kasey — September 7, 2011 @ 12:34 am

    I love huge cookies and spicy snickerdoodles sound amazing.

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    Paula @ Spoons 'n' Spades — September 7, 2011 @ 12:57 am

    Lol, I know exactly what you mean about the ‘space’ issue having had my partner home for a month during the holidays ;-))

    The cookies sound and look wonderful!

    • Jessica replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

      A month?!?! Ok I will stop complaining about the 5 days :-P

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — September 7, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Oh I love a good snickerdoodle… and with Chai? Fantastic!

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — September 7, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    OH. MY. LORD!!! I LOVE Snickerdoodles then you give the extra *kablam!* with the chai. Girl, you are the shizz! SOOO making these!

    Look at that, you’re makin’ me use caps! :-) Must. Restrain. Myself.

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    Jihane @SinfulSundays — September 7, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    Um, fabulous cookies! Didn’t even think you could make Chai flavored things. And I have officially fallen in love with your blog.Just spent close to an hour carousing through it. It’s so awesome! :)

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    Becki @ Becki's Whole Life — September 7, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

    These sound amazing…snickerdoodles and chai are definitely two of my favorite flavors – love all of the spice. Your pictures look great, too!

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    Marla — September 7, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    I love chai everything. Such wonderful sounding cookies!

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    Lynne — September 8, 2011 @ 6:20 am

    The spice combo sounds delicious-the cardamom especially! Lovely cookies and great photos!

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    Jaden — September 8, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    I want I want I want I want!!!!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — September 8, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    Oooo! I love the idea of these!

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    Annie — September 10, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    Apparently the women who blogs “Cooking for Seven” is deeply offended by your cute/sarcastic/hilarious post as she feels you’re “belittling your husband.” I think some people need to get a reality check!

    http://www.cookingforseven.com/2011/09/homemade-egg-rolls-a-rant/

    • Jessica replied: — September 10th, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

      Thanks for the heads up Annie! Apparently Sarcasm isn’t welcome in her world :-P

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    Dea-chan — September 11, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

    Hey, yet another coming from cooking for seven — I wouldn’t judge her too harshly as she’s a wee bit sheltered, and quite young I think. But, feel free to make your own decision on that one.

    Aside from how delicious those cookies look (and your hair as well ;-) ), the other thing I wanted to mention was HOLY COW that is a HUGE apartment! That’s got to be a solid four-bedroom. What’s your rent there? $2500-3000/month? My 1050 ft^2 apartment is almost too large for my fiance and myself (and $1800/month if you’re wondering where my numbers are coming from).

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    Stephanie — September 13, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    I love the size of these cookies. I think they are the cookies of my dreams. Too bad they don’t grow on trees!

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    Marisa — September 19, 2011 @ 3:12 am

    Loving that chai sugar touch! Can just imagine that sugar would be great to have on hand for all sorts of other uses – sprinkled on oatmeal in the morning, as a dip for french toast, added to a latte, etc.

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    Christina — October 5, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

    I’ve already made these cookies twice and they are fabulous! (With a cup of good coffee they make an excellent breakfast.)

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    amy (fearless homemaker) — December 12, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    i made these for the food blogger cookie swap + they were a huge hit — thanks, jessica! they’re on my blog today if you want to see how they turned out. =)

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    Shanna — March 15, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

    These cookies are DELISH!! I stumbled across the recipe when I was surfing your blog late at night, barely able to keep my eyes open… While I’ve never been a huge fan of snickerdoodle’s or chai, the nail tech at my salon loves both!! I saw this as an opportunity.. I love to bake but my bulging waist line doesn’t need any help with the expansion process! So I made these for Tara. I will take them to the salon tomorrow I hope she loves them as much as I did!

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    Lynn — April 9, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    I don’t even remember how I stumbled onto this recipe, but I kept it bookmarked for a few weeks. Last night, I finally made them and they were awesome. I made a 1/2 batch, which was a little tricky. (1/16 tsp O.o) But they turned out beautifully.

    I made the cookies 1/2 the size as recommended and didn’t have quite enough chai sugar mix for all the little cookies. Instead of chai, the last few got a cinnamon sugar coating. I have no idea how those turned out because they got eaten at work before I got a chance to try them. I assume they were fine.

    Thank you so much for the awesome recipe! I will certainly make these again. :)

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    Construction Supplies San Diego — July 3, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    I love snicker doodle cookies… can’t wait to try these ones!!!

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    Robert L Davis — September 19, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    When my wife comes home from somewhere (anywhere), the first thing I do is look at her hair, clothes, etc. to see if something is different to make sure I comment before she has to ask. Not because she needs her ego stroked. Because I know that it is inherent to feel unsure about any change in your appearance that you make, and a few words of validation can make all the difference in how she feels about herself.

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    Stephanie — September 19, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    Tell me about it. Asking the boy whether or not I should dye my hair or cut it instead of trimming and all that other stuff is like talking to a brick wall. He told me he would still love me even if I were bald, but I’m totally not going there!

    I’ve made snickerdoodles, but not CHAI snickerdoodles. This is a must bake for me now! Thanks!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 19, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    Love, love, love, LOOOOVE these! I think I might make this for this year’s food blogger cookie swap :)

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    Kate — September 19, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    Looks amazing!! But I have a question… what exactly makes a snickerdoodle a snickerdoodle and not a cookie?

    • Jessica replied: — September 19th, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

      Snickerdoodles are still a cookie, but the difference between a snickerdoodle and any other cookie is the addition of cream of tartar to add the tangy flavor. Plus rolling it in cinnamon sugar…or in this case Chai sugar. :)

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    Sabina — January 29, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    I discovered your site yesterday and found so many recipes I want to try…I tried your cake batter milkshake (it was the easiest :P) and it was amazing! So of course I had to go all out and bake these chai snickerdoodles, which are a big hit with everyone in the house. I’ll be trying more of your recipes when I get the ingredients. :)

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