Brown Butter Chai Sugar Cookies Recipe

Amanda Powell | A Cookie Named Desire

There is nothing like these brown butter chai sugar cookies to make your day. These soft, chewy cookies are the pinnacle of cookie deliciousness.

It’s no secret that I am cookie obsessed. There is nothing I love more than a soft, chewy cookie at the end of the day. Is there any other way to end a long day? Nope, didn’t think so.

Lately, I’ve been craving all the sugar cookies and have been experimenting with different flavors. One of my favorites to come from this has been my brown butter chai sugar cookies.

Brown Butter Chai Sugar Cookies Photo

These chai sugar cookies are out of this world amazing. They are super soft and chewy which is obviously mandatory for a good cookie. They are nutty because of the brown butter. Let’s be honest, brown butter makes everything better.

Then there is the warm chai spice. The balance of flavors is just so spot on for me and makes these cookies perfect for dunking in a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Brown Butter Chai Sugar Cookies Picture

Usually, I love to make these brown butter chai sugar cookies for everyone for Christmas, but lately, I’ve been making these cookies year-round. There isn’t a time when I don’t crave a sweetly spiced cookie like this.

If you aren’t a fan of chai, you can always eliminate the spices. If you want a bit more flavor and something a little snickerdoodle-y, you can add cinnamon to the sugar you roll the dough into. Sometimes I will also add ginger and cardamom to the rolling sugar as well.

Brown Butter Chai Sugar Cookies Image

The dough is soft and you might be tempted to chill the dough in the refrigerator, but I highly recommend not allowing the dough to chill for more than 10 minutes if your cream cheese happens to have been super soft when you used it.

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If you need to make the dough ahead of time, you will need to slightly press down your balls of cookie dough so they aren’t too puffy in the middle. 

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Brown Butter Chai Sugar Cookies Recipe

    24 Servings


  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, 8 tablespoons
  • 2 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
  • 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 2 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 large Egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Heat a small saucepan on medium heat. Add the butter and cook until the butter turns brown and smells nutty. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and cardamom together. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the butter, sugar, cream cheese, and oil together. Beat well until completely combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  5. Mix in the flour mixture until it is completely combined.
  6. Pour sugar into a bowl and make balls of dough that are two tablespoons big. Roll the balls in the sugar and place on the baking sheets.
  7. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for a minute before transferring to a wire rack. 


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Author: Amanda Powell
Recipe Yields: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cookie
Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 58
Calories 157

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 86mg
Total Carbohydrate 22g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 12g
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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