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Taylor Swift’s Chai Cookies Recipe | How to do it

Chewy butter cookies with lots of sugar and spice? Taylor Swift’s chai cookies are sure to be a hit.

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There’s never a bad time for a batch of freshly baked cookies. But as the weather begins to cool and summer turns to fall, cookies with hints of sugar and spice are the perfect solution.

Take it from Taylor Swift herself, who came up with the most awesome way to dress up sugar cookies just in time for the changing seasons.

Taylor Swift’s Chai Cookies start with a delicious sugar cookie base, using a classic Joy the Baker recipe. The twist? A bag of chai tea leaves is added to the batter for a seasonal kick. You’ll want to snuggle up with a batch of these cookies, a big cup of tea, a warm blanket and T Swift songs on repeat.

What makes Taylor’s recipe special?

Taylor uses a tried-and-true recipe from baking genius Joy the Baker. Then she adds a bag of dried chai tea leaves to kick the batter up a notch and coats the cookies in a sweet spice glaze.

The result is super light buttery cookies with a soft middle and a hint of crispiness on the outer edge. The flavor is similar to a snickerdoodle but lighter and more complex. Notes of chai, cinnamon and nutmeg shine through, with the glaze adding the perfect touch of sweetness. They’re delicious for fall, and you can even swap the milk in the frosting for eggnog to make a cookie tray for winter.

Taylor Swift’s Recipe for Chai Cookies

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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more for sugar tops
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 bag of chai tea
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons milk or eggnog

Editor’s tip: Use eggnog instead of milk for a seasonal twist.


Step 1: Start the dough

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In a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter until fluffy. Stir in the oil until the butter and oil combine. Next, mix the sugar, powdered sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Cut the chai tea bag and mix the dry leaves into the paste.

Step 2: Finish the dough and chill

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Stir in flour, baking soda and salt until dough begins to come together. It will be very sweet.

Place the bowl in the refrigerator and let the dough cool for at least an hour.

Step 3: Scoop and Bake

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Preheat the oven to 350°F before removing the dough from the refrigerator. Using a cookie dough scoop, divide the dough into tablespoon-sized balls. Slightly flatten the dough balls, then place them on a greased or lined baking sheet, leaving space between each cookie.

Sprinkle tops with sugar. Bake the cookies for 8-12 minutes, until the outer edges are lightly browned. Take the cookies out of the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Step 4: Top with frosting

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Whisk together powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk. Pour frosting over cooled cookies and let stand 10 minutes.

Tips for Making Taylor’s Chai Tea Cookies

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The key to making Taylor’s favorite chai cookies is the balance between sugar and spice. Use your favorite brand of chai tea to set the flavor base. Adding vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the frosting enhances the flavor of the cookie even more.

Bake the cookies for 8-12 minutes, depending on your texture preference. Removing the cookies when the edges are just starting to brown and leaving the baking sheet on top of the stove will result in a super soft center cookie. Bake the cookies longer if you prefer a crispier texture.

For the frosting, it is important to find the right icing sugar/milk ratio. For a thicker frosting, 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar mixed with 2 tablespoons milk is ideal. If you want a thinner frosting, add a little more milk. For an even thicker frosting, add more powdered sugar to balance out the liquid. Once the cookies are frosted, let them sit for 10 minutes to allow the frosting to set before taking the first bite.

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