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Chaidoodles

Warm, buttery, spicy snickerdoodles are a natural pairing with a delicious cup of masala chai, so why not bring some tea action straight to the cookie? Finely ground spiced tea ups the oomph of an already tasty treat.

Makes 1 quart jar; 5 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tequila Masala Chai pyramids
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Preparation:

  1. Cut open tea bags and empty contents. Grind the masala chai to a fine spice-like consistency using a spice grinder, coffee grinder, or mortar and pestle.
  2. In a 1-quart glass mason jar, layer the ingredients: Put flour in the bottom of the jar. Top with brown sugar. Sprinkle with ground masala chai, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and black pepper.
  3. Put a folded dishtowel on the counter. Gently tap the jar on top of the towel to pack the ingredients down.
  4. Top with granulated sugar. Tap gently to fit, if necessary.
  5. Seal the jar with its lid and add a label with cooking instructions.

 Masala Chaidoodles Cookies

Instructions

  1. Soften two sticks of butter
  2. Put the butter in a bowl and pour in the sugar from the top of the jar of mix
  3. Cream butter and sugar together well, until slightly lighter in color and fluffy
  4. Beat in 2 eggs, mixing well
  5. Add the rest of the mix from the jar and blend well
  6. Scoop the dough into 1-inch balls; if desired, roll each ball in cinnamon sugar
  7. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown

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