Soft Chai Snickerdoodles

stack of soft chai snickerdoodles

These Soft Chai Snickerdoodles are extra soft, chewy and are coated in the perfect blend of cozy spices! You won’t be able to eat just one!

This recipe was originally published in November 2018. I’ve updated the photos and tweaked the recipe for better instruction! 

For about a year of my life post-college, I was a barista! I worked at a local coffee shop in the downtown area of where I live and oh my gosh – what a time it was!

Soft Chai Snickerdoodles on cooling rack

I used to love waking up while all the world was still sleeping, going in and brewing up big pots of coffee and getting things ready for the day. I was like a civil servant making sure these folks were caffeinated!

My husband always came with me to open up in the mornings but of course he didn’t mind. He always ended up getting some coffee out of it.

Soft Chai Snickerdoodles with led lights surrounding

Whereas I love a big cup of coffee now, at that time in my life, I could do without! My favorite, without a doubt was chai. Chai tea, chai tea lattes, dirty chais (chai latte with a shot of espresso)…the list could go on. I loved the coziness of the combination of the spices. The cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom mixed with creamy whole milk. I was obsessed. And still am.

chai spices

Around 2 or 3 PM each day I drink a steaming hot mug of chai tea for a little caffeine boost. Oh, and these Soft Chai Snickerdoodles are literally the best cookie I’ve made in a looooong time.

These Soft Chai Snickerdoodles literally scream HOLIDAYS in your face. You want to bake them for someone you love. You want your entire house to smell like these cookies. You want to eat the dough. You want to eat 10 of the cookies. Yeah, they’re that amazing.

extreme close up of Soft Chai Snickerdoodles

These snickerdoodles are so extra soft. They literally melt in your mouth and the cinnamon chai sugar spice the cookies are rolled in coat your lips.

I love the extra spiciness that the chai spice gives these cookies – it just makes them that much more aromatic, cozy and zesty! So let’s get into how to make them! 

Ingredients You Need for Soft Chai Snickerdoodles :

  • all purpose flour
  • cream of tartar (found at aldi for super cheap – in their seasonal baking spices!)
  •  baking soda
  •  ground cinnamon
  •  salted butter (melted)
  • granulated cane sugar
  •  light brown sugar
  • large egg
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  •  ginger
  •  nutmeg
  • cardamom
  • ground allspice

How to Make Soft Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles:

Go ahead and preheat your oven to 350!

While that’s heating up, mix your dry ingredients together in a large bowl. That would be your: flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt if you’re feeling fancy.

Next, in a separate bowl using a whisk, whisk together your melted butter and sugar until combined. 

Add in your vanilla extract and egg and whisk again until everything is fully incorporated together. Add in your flour to your wet ingredients. It should look like this: 

Soft Chai Snickerdoodles dough Using a large wooden spoon, mix the dry ingredients with the wet. The dough should be pretty thick and not wet at all – like this: 

Soft Chai Snickerdoodles dough in glass bowl

You will be making the chai spiced sugar next. In a small bowl, add in your sugar, and chai spices. Mix together until fully incorporated.

Cover your baking sheet with either silicon or parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop, evenly scoop out about 6 or 7 cookies.

Roll the dough in a ball using your hands. Take your ball of dough and plop it into your bowl of chai spiced sugar. Roll it around until it is evenly coated with the sugar mixture. Then place it on the baking sheet.

rolling cookie dough in sugar

Next, using a cup or your hand, gently press the cookies down. If they crack slightly on the sides, that’s okay! You can always just pinch the dough back together or just leave it! 

Soft Chai Snickerdoodles on sheet pan

I baked 6 cookies at a time on my baking sheet. Bake for 11-12 minutes. Once they’re done, take them out and let them sit without touching them for about 5-7 minutes.

stack of Soft Chai Snickerdoodles with cinnamon

After that, move them to a cooling rack! Try not to eat all in one setting. Repeat these steps until your dough and chai sugar is all gone!

Baking tips for Soft Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles:

Use salted butter! I never use unsalted butter in my baking recipes because I think the extra bit of salt really gives it a depth of flavor it wouldn’t otherwise have.

Let your egg get to room temperature! I usually never have the patience for this – but I think it really helped in binding the dough together and producing a really delicious thick cookie.

Roll your cookie dough into the SAME size balls. Even though I wouldn’t be opposed to a giant Soft Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle…doing this step ensures that your cookies cook more evenly.

hand grabbing from stack of Soft Chai Snickerdoodles

Don’t eat all the raw dough! Does anyone else need to remind themselves of this step every single time they bake? Or is it just me?

Enjoy these warm out of the oven with a big cold glass of milk. They’re the absolute best.

bite taken out of Soft Chai Snickerdoodle

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few more you might like: 

Chai Spiced Coffee Cake 

Chai Spiced Apple Oatmeal 

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bars 

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5 from 4 votes

Soft Chai Snickerdoodles

These Soft Chai Snickerdoodles are extra soft, chewy and are coated in the perfect blend of Fall spices! You won’t be able to eat just one!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chai cookies, chai dessert, chai snickerdoodles, chai spice apple oatmeal, christmas cookies, easy snickerdoodles, soft chai snickerdoodles
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 12 people
Author Haylie


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Chai Sugar Spice

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp allspicce
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with either silicon or parchment paper. 

  2. Mix your flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl until incorporated.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together your melted butter with the granulated sugar and brown sugar until fully incorporated. Add in the vanilla extract and egg. Mix together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together with a large spoon until combined. Your dough should be dry.

  4. In a small bowl, mix together your chai sugar spices until combined. Using a cookie scoop, scoop a mixture of the dough, roll it in your hands until a ball forms. Coat the ball of dough in the chai sugar spice until it's evenly coated. Place on the baking sheet. Using a cup or mason jar, gently press the ball of dough down. See photo above for reference. I baked 6 at a time on the baking sheet. 

  5. Bake for 11-12 minutes. Take out of oven and let sit on the baking sheet for about 5-7 minutes to cool. After, transfer to a cooling rack. Continue baking until dough is gone. Makes about 12-14 cookies. Eat while warm! Enjoy! 

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