If you work in an office, the annual work Christmas cookie exchange is kind of a big deal. And if you’re anything like me, you’re not much of a baker and always wait until the day before to bake 5 dozen cookies. Well, I’ve found a recipe for yummy, cheap and fool-proof Christmas cookies that are a step up from your default chocolate chip or sugar cookie recipe via foodnetwork.com (my online bible for free recipes). It baked about 4 ½ dozen cookies, but some of my cookies were bigger than others so you can probably stretch it to 5 dozen small cookies. FYI I edited the baking directions below a bit because I tried following the original recipe and 1) I don’t own a food processor and 2) my oven is ancient.
Chai Tea Shortbread Cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar (I used 2 cups of sugar and it was fine)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into chunks (or just microwave the chunks of butter for 20-30 seconds if it was in the fridge)
- 1 teaspoon water
- 2 tablespoons loose chai tea, or 6 tea bags
Preheat the oven to 375F degrees. Combine flour, salt, sugar, and tea and mix with wooden spoon. Add in the vanilla, butter and the 1 teaspoon of water. Mix with electric mixer until dough is formed. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 30 min.
After 30 minutes take little pieces of the dough, roll them into balls, then flatten them with a flipper and place on them a cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake until the edges are just light brown. Now, the original recipe says to bake from 12 – 14 minutes, but my oven is pretty old and wonky, and even though I’ve got an oven thermometer that said my oven was at 375F degrees, the best baking time was 6 min. My rule of thumb is to always bake my first batch at half the amount of time as the recipe says then adjust from there. Once they’re cooked, let them cool for 5 minutes then transfer to them wire racks to cool until they reach room temperature. All in all, from start to finish, this took me about 1 1/2 hours to make.
If you need some cute and cheap boxes to transport your cookies in, I got these fun Christmas take-out boxes from Michael’s for $1.50 each.
-Mo’ Houses out!