Indian Cuisine: Chai Spiced Almond Cookies

For dessert, the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors made some Chai Spiced Almond Cookies to complete the Indo-Canadian inspired meal.


These Chai Spiced Almond Cookies are similar to Mexican Wedding Cookies. They are good with tea.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped toasted almonds
  • 1 cup powdered sugar for rolling


Source: this recipe is adapted from Bon Appetit

Prep time: 20 minutes;  Bake time: 20 to 25 minutes;  Yields 20 cookies


Chai-Spiced-Almond-Cookie-2-300x200Preheat the oven to 350F.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, both extracts, spices and salt in a medium bowl.

Chai-Spiced-Almond-Cookie-3-300x200Beat in the flour.
Chai-Spiced-Almond-Cookie-4-300x200Stir in almonds.
Chai-Spiced-Almond-Cookie-5-300x200Using hands, roll dough into tablespoon-size balls. Place on a large baking sheet, spacing 1-inch apart.

Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until pale golden.

Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.

Chai-Spiced-Almond-Cookie-6-300x200Place 1 cup powdered sugar in a large bowl. Working in batches, gently coat the hot cookies in sugar. Cool the cookies on a rack. Roll again in sugar and serve.

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