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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Recipe: Chai Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Lately I've been on a chai tea kick. It all started with an impulse buy at Costco. I purchased three cartons of chai condensed tea and have been drinking it everyday. I'm pretty sure I've gained some weight in the process as well. Impulse buys are rarely a good thing. However, one good thing came out of it; I was inspired to create a chai oatmeal raisin cookie recipe.

Chai Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

3 Cup Oats
2 Cup Flour
1 1/2 tsp Cardamom
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Ginger - for less spicy cookies use 1/2 tsp
1 tsp Cloves - for less spicy cookies use 1/2 tsp
1 tsp Baking Soda
10 Grinds of pepper ( about 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon)
4 Tea bags of black tea
1 Cup of butter (2 sticks of butter)
1 Cup packed brown sugar
1 Cup sugar
2 Eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup raisins

1. Heat oven to 350 F
2. Beat together butter an sugars.
3. Add eggs and vanilla.
4. In a separate bowl mix all other ingredients except oats and raisins.
5. Add dry ingredients to butter/sugar mixture.
6. Mix in oats and raisins.
7. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
7. Bake 10 - 12 minutes until golden brown.

Makes about 4 dozen.


Wendy said...

Mmm, those sound yummy. I make chai spiced oatmeal and it's really good too.

FootPrints said...

Oatmeal raisin is my FAVE and chai is my FAVE and now their together!?!?! goodness i have to try this!

Julie said...

i am drooling a little bit! oatmeal cookies are my favorite and chai is one of my favorite drinks. so excited to make these!

Deanna said...

I too love chai tea. Will have to try the cookies! :)

Kelli said...

I'm probably going to make these this weekend but I have a question about the tea. So it says 4 teabags...are you actually opening up the teabags and adding the tea leaves/powder to the dry ingredients?

Caca said...

oh my, I spoted the pink batik.

zakkalife said...


Yes, open up the teabags and add them to the dry ingredients. Sorry, I should have been more specific about that.

I recommend using teabags over loose tea because the tea is finer in texture.

zakkalife said...


Yes, that's the batik. I thought it would make a nice background for the pictures. I still haven't decided what I'm going to do with the fabric. My daughter keeps asking me to make her something with it. She really likes the print.

Kelli said...

Thank you for the clarification. I've always seen brewed tea added to flavor baked goods so I was worried about doing it wrong by adding dry tea. I'll let you know how they turn out. I'm very excited about trying these.

Rebecca said...

I'm supposed to be on a diet but I'll break it for these. Yum! Can't wait to try them out.

Whitney @ Whisker Graphics said...

These sound and look delicious! I've been in Chia Latte kick lately.

Kelli said...

Alrighty, so I made these last night and wanted to wait till today to comment because it's hard to taste all of the flavors when you've been eating batter (which was incredibly spicy). I was a little worried that the cookies would be too strong when i was tasting the batter but most of the flavors mellowed out after baking. I wish i had used a little less clove (3/4 tsp is what i did) and a little more cinnamon and ginger. Overall it's a very nice oatmeal cookie. I don't get a lot of the spice with the first few bites but it builds in your mouth and after the first, second, etc. cookie there is a nice spicy flavor that lingers. A little heavy on the cloves but it's still a great cookie and I've had a lot of compliments. Just thought I would share my experience in case anyone was looking to make these. I used Darjeeling tea because that's what I had on hand. Anyway, thank you for sharing this recipe. I've been looking through some others on your site and have a few ideas for next weekend!

zakkalife said...

Hi Kelli,

I really appreciate your honest opinion on the cookies. I know others will find your comments useful too. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.

I always worry a little when I post a recipe because I don't want to disappoint anyone. I'm glad to hear the cookies turned out good.


Lisa said...

I just happened by your blog and love it. I know how fun it is to get comments so I left it on this one so far. I love Chai tea...so this really strikes my fancy! Can't wait to try it.

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