There’s something wonderfully comforting about oatmeal cookies, especially ones with soft chewy centres. We regularly make variations of our chewy oaty biscuits, which Nicholas likes to both make and eat, but I wanted to try making some with the warm and lightly spiced flavour of my beloved vanilla chai tea.
While these are not the healthiest snack, I’ve reduced the sugar content quite a bit (by a third!) so you can feel less guilty eating them. If you prefer sweeter cookies you can also add a handful of raisins or sultanas to the cookie dough.
If you can’t get hold of vanilla chai teabags, look at my tip below the recipe for recreating the flavours with spices you probably already have in your cupboard.
I make these quite small (they’re about 5cm in diameter after cooking), so you can indulge with less guilt. The recipe is easily doubled though if you prefer to make bigger ones.
CHEWY CHAI COOKIES
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10-12 mins
Makes 12 small cookies
60g butter, chopped
1 tbsp honey or agave nectar
75g (1/2 cup) rolled oats
50g (1/2 cup) plain flour
50g (1/4 cup) soft brown sugar
2 vanilla chai tea bags (leaves only)
Preheat your oven to 160C and line an oven tray with baking paper.
Gently melt the butter and honey (or agave nectar) either in the microwave or in a small saucepan. Leave to cool.
Mix the oats, flour, sugar and tea leaves together in a medium-sized bowl.
Pour in the cooled melted butter and honey, and mix until combined.
Roll the mixture into small balls and place well apart on the prepared tray. Press down with the back of an oiled spoon to flatten them slightly.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until just starting to turn brown, flattening them again with the back of an oiled spoon after about 5 mins of cooking. (If you prefer crunchy cookies, cook them for a few minutes longer until turned golden brown.)
Leave the cookies to cool on the tray for 5 mins to firm up before transferring them to a wire rack to completely cool.
- Use a dairy-free margarine instead of the butter to make dairy-free cookies;
- Add a handful of dried fruit such as raisins, chopped dried apricot, dried apple or dried strawberries;
- Add chocolate chips to the mixture or drizzle the baked cookies with melted chocolate;
- Add flaked almonds.
Tip: instead of using the vanilla chai tea leaves, make your own chai spice mix by combining 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp ground allspice, a pinch of ground cloves and a pinch of freshly ground pepper. Also add 1/2 tsp vanilla essence to your cookie dough.
I’m linking this recipe to the AlphaBakes monthly challenge (this month it’s the letter ‘C’) jointly hosted by Caroline from Caroline Makes and Ros from The More than Occasional Baker (and I’m quietly very proud of achieving a triple letter ‘C’ this time ;))