Taylor Swifts Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies are the ultimate autumnal recipe. Perfect for a chilly afternoon wrapped in a blanket watching the leaves fall from the trees. Turn up the music and prepare to get cosy!
Leave it to our Tay-Tay to give the humble sugar cookie an autumnal make over. She took an already delicious recipe, originally from the queen of baking Joy the Baker, and made it even better. You guys know me, I’ll add cinnamon to anything and say it’s the bees knees. Since their creation in 2009 the internet lights up every year with Swifties everywhere clamouring to make the famous bake so I thought I’d add my interpretation to the mix. A deliciously soft and chewy chai spiced sugar cookie topped with a lightly spiced chai frosting. Prepare to meet your new favourite cookie.
In the original Taylor recipe the cookies are topped with an Eggnog glaze. Eggnog isn’t really a popular ingredient in the UK, you can get it in specialist stores or online but it tends to be quite expensive and for the sake of the tiny amount in the frosting, I didn’t think it worth buying. I went with a chai spiced frosting instead which makes these cookies even more luxurious. Give it a try, you’ll love it.
Here’s what you’re going to need for Taylor Swifts Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies:
- Unsalted Butter – Make sure your butter is at room temperature before you start, this makes blending the sugar much easier.
- Sunflower Oil – You can use any neutral flavoured oil here.
- Caster Sugar – A little bit of caster sugar helps with the structure of the cookies.
- Icing Sugar – Also known as confectioners sugar. This is used in both the cookies and the frosting for a delicious texture.
- Eggs – Always large, always free range!
- Vanilla Extract – Always use a pure vanilla extract, there’s nothing worse than vanilla essence. Yuck!
- Plain Flour – Sometimes called All Purpose flour.
- Chai Spices – Cinnamon, Ginger, Allspice and Cardamom are combined in this recipe to create a delicious chai spice. This gives the cookies a delicious warming flavour.
- Salt – Use fine salt when baking so it can be evenly distributed throughout the bake. Use flaked salt to finish recipes.
Tips for making Taylor Swifts Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies:
- Butter – Always start with room temperature butter. It’s much easier to cream with the sugar and will give a much better texture to the finished cookie.
- Sugar – A mixture of icing and caster sugar gives the cookie a deliciously soft texture. You can use 100% caster sugar if you’d prefer a stiffer cookie.
- Chai Spice – You can sub out the individual spices for the same amount of chai powder or even the contents of a Chai Spiced teabag.
- Scooping – For larger cookies like these I like to use a small ice cream scoop. Mine is vintage but you can pick them up in most supermarkets or online. Amazon do a good set for different cookie sizes.
- Eggnog Frosting – If you want to be extra authentic to the original Taylor recipe substitute the milk in the frosting for Eggnog.
- Freezing – You can freeze the cookie dough, just make up until step 6 and place them in the freezer. Once the cookies are frozen solid you can pop them in a freezer bag until needed. Just add 2 minutes to the original baking time when baking from frozen.
- Gluten Free – If you want to make these cookies gluten free simply swap the flour out for your favourite GF plain flour. I love Doves!
For the Cookies:
- 120g unsalted butter
- 120g sunflower oil
- 100g caster sugar
- 100g icing sugar
- 1tsp ground ginger
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2tsp ground allspice
- 1/4tsp ground cardamom
- 1 large, free range egg
- 2tsp vanilla extract
- 250g plain flour
- 1/2tsp baking powder
- 1/2tsp fine salt
For the Cinnamon Sugar:
- 75g caster sugar
- 2tsp ground cinnamon
For the chai spiced frosting:
- 100g unsalted butter
- 200g icing sugar
- 1/4tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4tsp ground ginger
- 1/8tsp ground allspice
- 2tsp whole milk
For the Cookies:
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter, oil and sugars until light and creamy. Around 5 minutes, scraping down the bowl from time to time. It may look a bit runny but that’s ok.
- Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add the flour, spices, baking powder and salt and with the mixer on the lowest speed mix until just combined.
- Cover the bowl with cling film and place in the fridge for at least an hour or up to overnight.
- When ready to bake preheat the oven to 175c and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Mix the caster sugar and the cinnamon together in a small bowl and set aside.
- Roll two tablespoons of the cookie dough into balls and flatten them out slightly. Roll them in the cinnamon sugar and place on the baking sheet leaving two inches between each cookie to allow for spreading.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly golden. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the Chai Spiced Frosting:
- To make the frosting mix the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until pale and soft. Add the icing sugar, spices and 1tsp of milk and mix on the lowest speed until the sugar is incorporated with the butter then turn the speed up to high. Add more milk if the frosting is a little stiff, you want a good spreading consistency.
- Spread a little of the frosting on each cookie and sprinkle with some of the remaining cinnamon sugar.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes plus chilling
- Cook Time: 14 minutes
- Category: Cookies
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Taylor Swift, Cookies, Chai Spiced, Sugar Cookies, Snickerdoodle