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Wooden board with Chai Spiced Snowball Cookies - buttery, tender tea cakes with warm spices ike cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice and rolled in powdered sugar.

Chai Spiced Snowball Cookies


Chai Spiced Snowball Cookies are tender, buttery tea cakes that are flavored with the warm spices found in your favorite Chai tea.  They’re a delightfully different addition to your holiday cookie tray and sure to be a family favorite.



1 cup butter, room temperature

½ cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup fine almond flour

2 tablespoons good quality black tea leaves, very finely ground

1 ½ teaspoons ground cardamom

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon ginger

½ teaspoon cloves

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

⅛ teaspoon salt

For rolling:

1 ½ cups sifted powdered sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.  Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until fluffy.

While the butter and sugar are creaming, whisk together in a large bowl, the all-purpose flour, almond flour, tea leaves, spices, black pepper, and salt.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Mix on low sped until just combined.

Use a medium cookie scoop to make 1-inch balls.

Place on the prepared baking sheet 1-inch apart.

Bake in the preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned.

Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.

Whisk the powdered sugar and cinnamon together in a shallow bowl.

Carefully roll each cookie in the powdered sugar and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Repeat with the remaining cookies.

When all the cookies are cooled completely, roll each cookie again in the powdered sugar mixture.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: chai spiced snowball cookies, holiday cookies, Christmas cookies, snowball cookies, chai spice, tea cakes