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Gluten Free Chai Cookies

These Gluten Free Chai Cookies are a soft baked cookie that are topped with a creamy nutmeg frosting. These cookies come together in one bowl, in under 30 minutes and are filled with spice!

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chai cookies on a plate with a bite taken out of one of them

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Gluten Free Chai Cookies are filled with spice and topped with a sweet nutmeg frosting.
  • These cookies are soft baked, but have crispy edges for the perfect combo.
  • You don’t need a bunch of spices either, just a chai bag!
  • The blend of almond flour with gluten free flour added the perfect texture.
  • These cookies are not overly sweet, but instead perfectly sweet.
  • They would taste great with a cup of coffee!
  • If you loved this one, check out my gluten free creme brulee cookies for another fun idea!

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Gluten Free Chai Cookies. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

I used coconut sugar in this recipe, but you can also use cane, white sugar if you’d like.

Use unsalted butter for best results. Salted butter will work too, but then omit the added salt in this recipe.

Melted coconut oil mixed with the butter creates a lovely texture for this cookie recipe. The mix of different fats create a soft and crispy cookie.

An egg will help to bind all the ingredients together while creating a perfectly fluffy texture.

I like to use vanilla bean paste, but vanilla extract will work great too.

To keep this recipe gluten free, use a gluten free flour blend such as King Arthur’s or Bob’s Red Mill. If you are not gluten free, you can use all purpose flour.

The added almond flour helps to provide a lovely texture and a nutty flavor.

Baking powder helps this cookie rise during bake time and salt helps to balance out all the flavors.

A touch of tapioca flour helps create the lovely texture of this cookie, corn starch or arrowroot starch works great too.

Don’t worry about having to get a bunch of different spices to make this cookie, instead just open up a chai bag and add it straight into the dough.

The frosting is made with powdered sugar, plant cream (or heavy cream), vanilla bean paste and nutmeg.

all the ingredients that you need to make these chai cookies

How To Make

ONE: In an electric mixer, beat the coconut sugar, melted coconut oil and butter until smooth and creamy. Then, add in the egg, vanilla bean paste and the chai mixture.

TWO: Next, add in the gluten free flour, almond flour, baking powder, salt and tapioca flour. Mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.

THREE: Use a single cookie scoop and add dough to a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Use your fingers to flatten out the cookies, these will only spread slightly during bake time.

FOUR: After cookies are baked and cooled, mix together all the ingredients for the frosting and spread evenly. Top with a star anise or cinnamon and enjoy!

Tips And Tricks

Use room temperature butter. If your short on time, you can heat a glass and turn it upside down over the butter to help it come to room temperature quicker. Alternatively, place the butter in your pocket and allow your body heat to help bring it to room temp.

These cookies spread only slightly during baking time, so use your fingers to help spread them before going into the oven.

Using heavy cream or plant cream to make the frosting creates a really lovely and thick frosting texture. Otherwise, you can just use milk or plant milk.

Let cookies cool completely before icing.

How To Serve And Store

Serve these Gluten Free Chai Cookies with the nutmeg frosting and enjoy with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee.

Store these cookies in an airtight container on the counter and enjoy up to 4 days.

Taste And Texture

Gluten Free Chai Cookies are subtly sweet and are filled with chai spices like cinnamon, cardamom, all spice and black pepper. The icing is sweet which is necessary for this cookie!

The texture is like a soft baked cookie with slightly crispy edges.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use regular flour instead of gluten free flour?

If you are not gluten free, then all purpose flour will work great in this recipe.

Can I use something else instead of almond flour?

Yes, you can just leave it out and add in more gluten free flour. However, please note the texture will differ.

How can I make these vegan?

You can swap the egg for 1/3 cup of almond butter. But please note, the texture will differ.

Other Recipes You May Like

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Gluten Free Chai Cookies

These Gluten Free Chai Cookies are a soft baked cookie that are topped with a creamy nutmeg frosting. These cookies come together in one bowl, in under 30 minutes and are filled with spice!
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PREP TIME:
15 minutes
COOK TIME:
12 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
30 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

Chai Cookies

  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, or dairy free butter
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil 
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste, or vanilla extract
  • 1 chai bag
  • 1 3/4 cup gluten free flour such as Bob's Red Mill or King Arthurs
  • 1/2 cup almond flour 
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour, may sub arrowroot powder or cornstarch

Frosting

  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp heavy cream or plant cream
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

20 cookies

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. In an electric mixer, beat the coconut sugar, melted coconut oil and butter until smooth and creamy.
  3. Then, add in the egg, vanilla bean paste and the chai mixture. Just cut open the chai bag and add in the contents to the mixture. 
  4. Next, add in the gluten free flour, almond flour, baking powder, salt and tapioca flour. Mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  5. Use a single cookie scoop and add dough to a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper.
  6. Use your fingers to flatten out the cookies, these will only spread slightly during bake time.
  7. After cookies are baked and cooled, mix together all the ingredients for the frosting and spread evenly.
  8. Top with a star anise or cinnamon and enjoy!

Notes

  • Use room temperature butter. If your short on time, you can heat a glass and turn it upside down over the butter to help it come to room temperature quicker. Alternatively, place the butter in your pocket and allow your body heat to help bring it to room temp.
  • These cookies spread only slightly during baking time, so use your fingers to help spread them before going into the oven.
  • Using heavy cream or plant cream to make the frosting creates a really lovely and thick frosting texture. Otherwise, you can just use milk or plant milk.
  • Let cookies cool completely before icing.

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