It’s Monday morning and I am starting the week off with a confession. You ready? ok…
I am SO FRICKIN’ EXCITED for Taylor Swift’s new CD.
My roommates were both gone this weekend so in addition to being lazy and binge watching Law and Order: SVU, I listened to the songs she has released so far off her new CD over and over and over again while baking these cookies and dancing around my kitchen. I’m loving the new songs so much. It was kind of the perfect weekend.
Ok, now that I have professed my love for T-swift, I will get to the cookies. These beauties were inspired by Taylor when she posted on her instagram (really? are we even surprised I follow her?) that she had made “chai sugar cookies with eggnog frosting aka christmas in September”. I couldn’t get the idea of chai cookies out of my head after that. Especially when October hit, the weather cooled and my body just wanted to hibernate and drink tea all day. I did a bit of research (by which I mean I internet stalked her) and discovered that she made sugar cookies with chai tea in it. Like, she cut open a chai tea bag and poured it into the batter for sugar cookies. This presented me with 2 problems: 1. For some reason, me and sugar cookies don’t mix. I don’t have a sugar cookie recipe on this blog because I never like the results. So using sugar cookie as a base wasn’t going to happen and 2. I don’t have a bagged chai tea I love. Whatever, call me a snob but I like this version way better. So to put meh tea into a meh cookie base wasn’t going to fly for me. Plus, I was in fall mode and I wanted to add pumpkin some how.
Thus, this cookie was born. It’s a chai cookie with just a tiny hint of pumpkin, which is exactly what I was going for. Everything is so super pumpkin-y right now that I wanted something a little more subtle. It still feels like fall though with all the warm spices. You just want to cozy up on the couch with a good book, a cup of tea and an obsene amount of these cookies.
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cups white sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 cup vegan butter (such as Earth Balance), softened
- 1/4 cup pumpkin (or 1 “Ener-G” egg)*
- 1/2 a vanilla bean, seeds removed (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
*Using Pumpkin instead of an Ener-G egg with produce a softer, richer cookie. Ener-G will produce a more traditional cookie texture. I kept the pumpkin version of the cookie in for 1 minute longer then the Ener-G because of this.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl combine sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and allspice. Remove 1/4 cup of the sugar-spice mixture, set aside to reserve for rolling the cookies.
4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar-spice mixture until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
5. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla bean seeds, combine until fully incorporated.
6. Slowly blend in dry ingredients mixing until just combined.
7. Roll dough into balls (about 2 tsps of dough each) and then into the reserved sugar-spice mixture. Place dough balls on prepared baking sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart.
7. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes
8. Let stand on baking sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
As I mentioned in the note above, these cookies will be soft and doughy so be careful not to overcook thinking that they aren’t done.
If you want a pumpkin cookie with chai spice try making this cookie and replacing the 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice with the spices in the below recipe and omit the chocolate chips. I haven’t tried it yet but I bet it would be delicious!
This actually isn’t my first time baking to celebrate the release of a CD. Back in 2010, Taking Back Sunday released a live album called Live from Orensanz and I baked some cupcakes to give out at work. It won be a pair of Matt Rubano Macbeth sneakers…which Macbeth NEVER sent me. I emailed them for months to try and get them and they never came. Shady, shady company. Not cool at all.
Have you ever done anything fun for the release of an album or movie or anything? I can’t be the only weird one out there. Share your stories below!!