Dirty Chai Sugar Cookies


Dirty Chai Sugar Cookies - nothing says fall more than that!

I must admit that I have never had a dirty chai - but I have had the cookies and let me tell you, they are sooo delicious!

So if you are like me and have never had a dirty chai, or you are wondering what the heck I’m talking about, it is a chai latte with a shot of espresso. Now, while the coffee is key, there is another important ingredient that helps bring these cookies over the top - pepper! It’s one of those flavours that you can’t necessarily pinpoint, but it brings the overall flavour together.

So cookies are such a delightful little treat that is always the perfect size - just a few bites of deliciousness that hits the spot without being overwhelmingly heavy or sweet. I mean seriously, can you get a much better treat than that? And while a chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies are classic and delicious, sometimes you want something a bit more sophisticated, and that’s where these guys come in. The flavours will delight any adult while not being too out there that kids won’t love them too.

So if fall is in the air and you want something to celebrate that whip these up today - though be warned, you may find yourself highly addicted!


prep time 20 minutes

cook time 12 minutes

total time 32 minutes

servings approx. 30 cookies


1/3 cup coffee

2 3/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 1/2 tsp

1 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp all spice

1/4 tsp pepper

1 cup butter softened

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cup sugar + 1/4 cup


Preheat oven to 350. In a small saucepan simmer coffee for 5 minutes or until it has reduced by half then set aside and allow to cool. In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup of white sugar and 1/2 tsp on cinnamon and set aside.

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and pepper.

In the bowl of your stand mixer cream together butter and 1 1/2 cups of sugar then add in egg, vanilla and cooled reduced coffee - beat until fully combined.

To the butter mixture add in the flour 1/3 at a time - stirring until all of the flour is fully mixed into the butter. Scoop out spoonful of dough and roll into a ball then roll into the cinnamon sugar mixture and place on a cookie sheet. Press the tops of the cookies down slightly then bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.