Brown Butter Chai Cookies - a deliciously cozy cookie that's easy to make and perfect for a chilly Fall day. These cookies are slightly crisp with a chewy and soft center. Enjoy these cookies with mulled apple cider or hot chocolate!
I cannot believe that this is my first recipe since September. It's hard to believe that two months have passed since I gave birth to my baby boy, however, I don't think that there's a better recipe that I could post that would be a better way to get back into the swing of things.
These Brown Butter Chai Cookies are insanely delicious. I've made them 4 times thus far. Some for my family, other times for just myself.
The brown butter adds a beautiful nutty and caramel-y flavor. The chai brings a lovely warm and spiced note that is simply divine. All the while, the texture of these brown butter chai cookies is nice and crisp on the outside and chewy and soft on the inside. Far be it from me to call these the perfect cookie, but gosh by golly - it's super close!
To give you a better idea of what these cookies taste like, let's talk about the chai spice that flavors these little bites of heaven. Chai spice is made of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, clove, and a pinch of pepper. The addition of pepper may sound a bit abstract, but I guarantee it really adds so much character to the spice blend.
The difference between brown butter and regular butter is simple but the difference in taste is significant! Brown butter has been melted over low heat and cooked until it becomes foamy and brown.
This is not to be confused with burnt butter. You essentially caramelize the butter which yields a deep, nutty flavor that adds so much character to any dish!
If you would like to know more about how to brown butter, I would highly suggest reading this post so that you can brown butter and use it to make these brown butter chai cookies!
For these brown butter chai cookies, I used this recipe to pull together my chai spice as I wasn't able to find a pre-made spice blend in the grocery store. I added the tiniest pinch of pepper to the spice blend. However, it's super delicious without it as well!
These may be the easiest of the cookie recipes that I have up on the blog so far.
Simply brown the butter in a skillet and let it cool.
Then combine the brown butter with dark brown sugar and granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and beat in the eggs - one at a time.
Mix together all of the dry ingredients - chai spice, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda - and add to the brown butter mixture. Spoon out 2 tablespoons of the cookie dough and roll it into a ball.
Roll each ball in sugar and add to a cookie sheet to bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.
I like to let the cookies cool for about 10-15 minutes before eating, but feel free to eat fresh out of the oven!
You have to let me know if you make these brown butter chai cookies! They do not disappoint. Furthermore, it only takes about 20 minutes to make the batter and 15 minutes to bake in the oven.
These cookies stay fresh for a nice bit - about 4-5 days so long as they're stored in an airtight container. Surprisingly, they stay nice and chewy for quite some time! That is, if they last that long because you're going to want to eat them all!
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