Every fall for the last few years my blog lights up with new visitors. New visitors who have come to my blog is search of THE Taylor Swift Chai Cookies. We all know our dear Taylor loves to bake, loves cats, she seems to be a cozy, flannel wearing, autumn loving gal… I mean, it absolutely makes sense that she pop by Joy the Baker for this VERY vintage Giant Vanilla Sugar Cookies.
Taylor Swift took that old 2009 sugar cookie recipe, mentioned adding chai spices and an eggnog glaze, and because she’s Taylor Swift – set the internet ablaze. Good on ya, girl! You’re doing it right, and your baking has so many people searching for the perfect sugar and spice cookie.
Apparently if you live like Taylor Swift for a week you must make a batch of these cookies. I mean… I knew those Giant Vanilla Sugar Cookies were perfectly chewy and tender, but I finally took our friend Tay’s advice and spiced them up just right.
Here’s what you’ll need for Taylor Swift Chai Cookies:
• softened unsalted butter and a neutral oil. We’ll use a mix of fats to bring together this soft and tender cookie.
• granulated sugar and powdered sugar. The powdered sugar will help absorb some of the moisture from the oil and make the cookies tender and chewy.
• all-purpose flour, baking soda, and kosher salt.
• chai spices: ground ginger, ground cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, cloves, and a pinch of black pepper.
• an egg for binding
• vanilla extract
• powdered sugar for the glaze
• a hint of nutmeg
• milk or eggnog to create a glaze
First, whip the butter alone in a bowl just to ensure it’s softened super well.
Beat in the oil as best you can. The oil may not fully incorporate into the butter and that’s ok. Just get it all in the bowl.
Add the granulated sugar, powdered sugar and spices to the bowl with butter and oil.
I like to add the spices to the sugar and fat for this Taylor Swift cookie recipe because the fat helps distribute the warm spice flavors really well. Fat always helps flavor.
Add the egg and vanilla extract.
Add the dry ingredients. Set aside the hand mixer and stir in the flour into the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon or spatula.
The batter will feel soft – somewhere between a cookie dough and a cake batter.
Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least an hour to allow the flour to absorb the moisture and the butter to rechill.
Once chilled, scoop the dough into two tablespoon portions. I use a cookie scoop then shape the dough into thick disks.
Coat each cookie dough round in cinnamon sugar before placing a few inches apart on a parchment lined baking pan.
While the cookies bake, whisk together an easy glaze with powdered sugar, milk (or better yet, eggnog) and extra ground nutmeg.
Spoon a teaspoon of glaze into the center of each cookie and sprinkle with nutmeg and allow to set.
Taylor is on to something. These are the sweetest fall cookies. Soft and tender for days!
Serve with chai tea? Too much? More is just enough.Print
Taylor Swift’s Chai Sugar Cookies
- Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minues
- Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
- Yield: about 2 dozen cookies 1x
- Category: dessert
A perfect Autumn cookie with chai spices and extra nutmeg inspired by Taylor Swift.
For the Cookies:
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I like canola or sunflower oil)
- 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- Pinch of fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract or the seeds of 1 vanilla bean pod
- 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Cinnamon sugar for rolling
For the Glaze:
- 1 1/2 cups (180 grams) powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus more for sprinkling the top of the cookies
- 3 tablespoons whole milk or eggnog
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter in a large bowl on medium speed for about 1 minute. Add the vegetable oil. It may not fully incorporate with the butter, but that’s ok. Add the granulated sugar, powdered sugar, and all of the spices. Beat to combine.
- Add the egg and vanilla, beating on medium speed until completely incorporated.
- Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt all at once using a wooden spoon or the mixer set on low.
- The dough will be soft. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour or freeze for 15 minutes just so it’s easier to handle.
- For large cookies, dollop 2 Tablespoons of cookie dough onto the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. For smaller cookies use 1 Tablespoon for each cookie. Press the dough evenly with your fingers or palm to 1/4-inch thickness. Roll each cookie dough in a small bowl of cinnamon sugar.
- Bake for 12 to 14 minutes for larger cookies or 8 to 10 minutes for smaller cookies. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the glaze ingredients to thick but spreadable. Spread each cooled cookie with graze just over the center, leaving the edges of the cookie free of glaze. Sprinkle with a bit of fresh nutmeg if you have it. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Photos with my friend Jon Melendez!
so easy to make and they taste soooo good! would definitely reccomend
They were delicious!!! Best cookies I’ve ever had. I added some caramel it was delicious.
would a hand mixer be okay to use? I don’t own a stand a mixer.
has anyone tried subbing in almond flour? would it be okay to do this or will it make the
I would not recommend “unblanched” almond flour. Just tried it and it didn’t work. They splat with no volume and didn’t stay together.
Macy J McAleer
I made these yesterday and they were SO GOOD.
So sweet. So yummy. I love the textures of the cookie and the glaze…today I took a nap and when I woke up I had a sweet tooth and this cookie hit the spot.
My mom got me a stand mixer for Xmas and this is the FIRST thing I’ve made using a mixer ever, and the FIRST cookie I’ve made from scratch ever. I was expecting to mess something up but it turned out close to perfect (one of the trays I cooked maybe 2 minutes too long, but that’s okay because half were crunchier and crisp, the other half were softer).
2 things~ I didn’t use any cardamom, it was too expensive to buy that day LOL but it’s the only spice I left out, and I couldn’t notice any lacking. It was totally chai. My daughter and myself love drinking that Tazo chai latte stuff and it smelled and tasted a lot like that~ cozy and autumny/wintery and delicious. The other thing is that instead of cinnamon sugar for rolling, I used the cinnamon toast crunch cereal brand’s “cinna dust” because i already had it in the cabinet and it was close enough. It did the job!
Besides that I followed the recipe to a t, although because of a few comments mentioning texture and not mixing certain ingredients enough, I mixed things slightly longer. Maybe 30-60 seconds longer.
I glazed only half of the cookies because some in my family don’t like eggnog (crazy!) but they all loved the cookies. My eggnog-loving neighbor loved it, the neighbor kids loved them, and my mom loved it!
3 people on my Facebook friends list made this recipe! And I’ll be making it a few times every year!
I made these last year and experienced the compressed sand texture others are complaining about, but I thought they had so much potential so I came back to them again this year. I followed another commenter’s suggestion and really whipped the butter and added more flour, roughly another half cup (I had doubled the recipe). They turned out absolutely incredible. Another alteration I made was adding some cloves and ginger to the icing, I thought it gave it a really bright, somewhat unexpected and delicious flavor. Thank you for this wonderful recipe :)
I really wanted to like this recipe and was so excited to make it. The mix of spices was perfect. I followed the instructions meticulously and ended up with dry, sandy-textured cookies as soon as they cooled. Would love some tips on how to prevent that from happening since others have commented that the same thing happened to them.
Hi, do u think the dough can be made before the day of baking?
Joy the Baker
How many does 1 escape make?
I was wondering if you think gluten free flour would work okay for this recipes?
I made this recipe today and they turned out great. I noticed the comments about a sandy texture and made sure to really whip for a few minutes the butter and oil together and then whipped a few minutes more to incorporate the sugars. I ended up adding about 1/3 c more flour to the recipe and was able to roll out the dough once chilled and cut into shapes. Great recipe! Will definitely make these again!
Is it an okay idea to freeze the dough in cookie form and bake them another day? I’m traveling for a cookie swap and want to serve them as fresh as I can.
I am hoping to make these for my Christmas cookies this year but was wondering what adjustments I need to make for high altitude? I live at 7000 feet.