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Masala Chai Gingerbread Bear Cookies

January 25, 2022

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I’m actually not in the camp of loving gingerbread cookies but I do love some chai tea and spices with a rich sweetener like molasses so I guess, it’s all about perspective LOL. These are the cutest bears that can be baked all year-round vs. the classic gingerbread people for the Holidays. Now, get your Chai on! for a bundle of edible cuteness.

Ingredients (Makes about a dozen 4" bear-shaped cookies)

Chai Sugar Sprinkle Topping

Bear-shaped Gingerbread Cookies

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg at room temperature
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Steps:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone silpat.
  2. Pre-blend all the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt) in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Ground the full-leaf Masala Chai in a grinder and blend with sugar. Set aside.
  4. Mix softened butter with brown sugar and molasses in a stand-up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  5. Add vanilla and the egg, and blend further.
  6. Add the blended dry ingredients in three separate batches, and blend until a golden dough is formed.
  7. Divide dough in half. Roll each half in between two parchments sheets until 1/4" thick.  Cut into bear shapes or use any cookie-cutter or hand-cut shape.
  8. Let cut-out cookies sit and set in freezer for 20-30 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle cookies with Masala Chai sugar topping.
  10. Bake in pre-heated oven for 15 minutes.
  11. Enjoy the delectable treat!
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