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Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles Recipe
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Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles Recipe

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I used to think snickerdoodles could never be improved -- that is until I added some chocolate. While they're baking, the aromas of chocolate mixed with warming spices reminds me of a cup of hot chai tea. —Katie Wollgast, Florissant, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 124 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 89 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Remove 1/2 cup sugar mixture to a shallow dish.
  2. Add butter to remaining sugar mixture; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking cocoa, cream of tartar, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  3. Shape dough into 1-1/2-in. balls. Roll in reserved sugar mixture; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with bottom of a glass. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles in Taste of Home September/October 2013

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 124 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 89 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

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Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

"I made this recipe because I want to use my expensive cardamom different ways and not let it just sit around! They were super yummy, but didn't look like the picture. Mine didn't spread like that; they were small and poofy."

Reviewed May. 1, 2015

"OMG, I love these cookies! Doesn't hurt that I am a chocoholic and also love cinnamon and cardamom. I did find that it was best to leave them on the pan a couple of minutes before trying to remove them. Also, I had a lot of sugar mixture left at the end, even though I made exactly 36 cookies. Anyone have any ideas of what to do with the leftover mixture?"

Reviewed Aug. 4, 2014

"Loved these cookies!!!! The cardamom is so great. Just one & you are hooked."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

"delicious! Everyone at my work loved these! I changed the recipe a little. I just couldn't pay the $12 for cardamom so I cut open a K-cup of chai latte and added some of that instead."

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

"These are fabulous! The dough was really sticky so I added 1/4 cup extra flour and refrigerated the dough for an hour or so. I also discovered I was out of ground ginger so I substituted 2 1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon, ginger and allspice and they are delicious!!"

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