Yule with a Kitchen Witch: Spicy Chai Snickerdoodles

Spicy, wholesome, and totally seasonal, these chai snicekerdoodles warm the heart and the hearth. 

The key ingredients in this recipe, including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice, pack a powerful punch in kitchen magic.

Perfect for a Yule gathering or to give away to like-minded friends!

chai spice latte cookies

chai snickerdoodles

How to make chai spice snickerdoodles for Yule.


In witchcraft, cardamom is usually associated with love spells.

However, in this context, we include it for its tendency to encourage eloquence, relaxation and mental clarity—-all useful things when entertaining family and friends.

Added to this cookie, cardamom helps promote positive group dynamics.  Navigate your holiday festivities with confidence when you serve these cookies.


A common ingredient in stop gossip spells, this spice inspires kind words and helps to solidify familial bonds.

In friendship, cloves bind close relationships.

Cloves also promote good luck in business, making it a great addition to any dish you plan to serve at an office or work holiday party.


Used as a healing aid, we include allspice in this recipe to help smooth over old wounds between family and friends.

We all know these types of resentments tend to real their monstrous heads at family gatherings, especially after a few doses of eggnog!


With its rich, dark flavor, molasses included in kitchen witch spells to deepen bonds.  Its tacky consistency helps friends and family “stick together” and solve problems cooperatively.

Cinnamon & Ginger

Both of these ingredients encourage warmth in friendship and love.

I’ve written extensively about the magical properties of cinnamon here, and about ginger here.


For the cookies:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp high quality molasses
  • 1 large egg, room temp

For the Chai Spiced Sugar:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves until combined.  Add flour.
  3. Blend wet ingredients separately.  Drizzle molasses, melted butter and egg.  Add sugar and mix well.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry.  Dough will be crumbly and dry.
  5.  In a separate bowl, mix all the ingredients for the chai spiced sugar.  Adjust spices to taste.  I like mine really spicy, but your preferences may vary.
  6.  Roll dough into 12 balls, then roll balls in sugar until coated thoroughly and evenly.
  7.  Cover two cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Space cookies evenly on both sheets.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool slightly before serving warm.  Yum!



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