Chai Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

In this section, the Wick staff features favorite seasonal recipes to make and share with friends and family. This month, Alexis recommends the following:


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour, 375 grams
  • 2 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cardamom
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cloves
  • ¼ tsp Ground Allspice
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 ⅓ cup Granulated Sugar, 267g
  • 2 Eggs, room temp
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract


  • ⅓ cup Granulated Sugar, 70g
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside
  2. Make the brown butter: melt 1 stick of butter in a small saucepan.  Continue to melt, swirling around, until the mixture starts to foam up and you see small brown specks.  The butter will start to smell nutty.  Immediately remove from heat, transfer to a small bowl and set aside to slightly cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, spices, and salt, set aside.
  4. In your stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer), beat the remaining 1 stick of butter along with the cooled brown butter and granulated sugar on medium high speed until smooth and creamy, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until combined, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. 
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients in 3 stages, and mix just until combined.
  7. To Make the Rolling Sugar: combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
  8. Roll cookie dough into 1″ balls, and then roll in the cinnamon-sugar topping.  Place about 3″ apart on cookie sheets.
  9. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, rotating halfway in between. They should be lightly browned on the bottom but not on the top. If they look flat, cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  10. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to the cooling rack.
  11. Store in an airtight container and keep room temperature for up to 1 week.  Or, place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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