Welcome to Day #2 of my Eid dessert countdown! My last post on my creamy raspberry coconut popsicles received great feedback- if you haven’t seen it, check it out here. Today, I’m sharing with you these lightly spiced sugar cookies- my Eid chai spiced cookies. These are seriously amazing- kind of like a sugar cookie mixed with a snickerdoodle. The addition of yummy chai spices make this cookie absolutely delicious!
Now, these are wonderful for two reasons- one, they’re a cut-out cookie so it’s perfect for trying out with cute cookie cutters (I’ll tell more about the ones in just a bit). Secondly, these cookies have just the perfect amount of spice in them- cardamom, cinnamon, and a hint of clove. It takes a regular sugar cookie to a completely new level.
Although I made these cookies a few days before Eid, I’m afraid I may have to make another batch because we just can’t stop sneaking one cookie here and there! These cookies are slightly soft, a little chewy, and perfect with a cup of tea after Eid prayers.
I love the concept of some kind of cookie or biscuit for Eid day. Traditionally, in Urdu, this Eid is called “meethi Eid”, “Sweet Eid”. It’s common to have desserts to celebrate the end of Ramadan and a month of fasting. Having these sweet cookies with the perfect balance of spice is a perfect way to begin the celebration of Eid.
For those who will ask, I used two cookie cutters from With A Spin, a home design brand that sells Islamic inspired products. I used the crescent shape to symbolize the sighting of the new moon. I also used the minaret/masjid cutter for the cute mini masjid cookies. Both turned out super cute!
Read on to see how you can make these super easy, delectable Eid chai spiced cookies for your family too.
Lightly Chai spiced cookies perfect for an Eid celebration.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
- 1/8 tsp cardamom powder
- Pinch of ground clove
- Cream the butter and sugar for a minute with an electric mixer.
- Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
- Stir in the flour, spices, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
- Wrap the dough in cling wrap and refrigerate for an hour or overnight.
- When ready, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Roll out the dough to 1/4 in thick and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
- Place on baking tray and bake for 6-8 minutes until golden brown on bottom. They will stay lightly colored on the top.
- Cool and frost as needed. Serve within a few days to maintain freshness and best taste.
Glaze recipe: 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tsp milk, 2 tsp corn syrup, 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract. Whisk together until smooth. Use with a piping bag or drizzle with a spoon.