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
Featured In: Chai Recipes
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 large 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: 124 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 89mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g 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

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fnstlug User ID: 3658849 259659
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2017

"It basically tastes like a gingersnap, but with a weird aftertaste because of the chocolate. On the plus side the texture of the cookies were really nice, just soft and buttery enough. Still, I like chai, but these cookies weren't for me."

AllisonO User ID: 7446023 258065
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2016

"One of the best snickerdoodles I've ever had! The chocolate and cardamom push these over the top! They are perfect for the holiday season (my husband said they taste like Christmas) with a very balanced blend of sweet and spicy. The next time I make these, I will sprinkle the excess sugar mixture on top of the flattened cookies so they bake into a bit of added crunch."

Kimberly Hines User ID: 1929928 231844
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."

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 225713
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?"

pamsterhamster User ID: 2978210 199934
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2014

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

coopy User ID: 5517736 119437
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."

kathyfrance User ID: 1797176 184263
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!!"

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 125814
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"This is an excellent cookie. I followed the recipe almost exactly but substituted half cinnamon and half nutmeg for the cardamom. Absolutely delicious and will make again."

maryannet User ID: 1456288 198098
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013


kszczepaniak User ID: 3472316 195898
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"I love the spices, delicious cookie"

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