The perfect fall/winter cookie! Ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves... these chai oatmeal cookies have all the cozy chai flavours. Cuddle up on the couch with a plate of these, a warm tea and a good book and thank me later.
When the weather gets colder the cravings for chai everything instantly hit. There's just something about the combination of spices that feel like a warm hug. Combine those warm flavours with the classic flavours of an old fashioned oatmeal cookie and you have a match made in heaven. These are my all-time favourite cookie and I hope they'll be yours too!
Chai oatmeal cookies: the perfect cozy fall cookie
One cold fall day I was craving cookies (aren't I always?) and I will always love a good oatmeal cookie, but I just wasn't in the mood for chocolate chips or dried fruit. I didn't want to have just a plain oatmeal cookie because where's the fun in that? So that's when the inspiration for these chai oatmeal cookies struck! Why wouldn't I want to combine my two favourite foods/ flavours into one perfect creation.
The best part about these chai oatmeal cookies is the ingredients! They're made with whole grain oats and flour so they can be gluten-free if that is the lifestyle you follow! They also have minimal sugar making these cookies so good you could even have them for breakfast. Not going to lie, I may have had two before breakfast this morning.
What is chai?
Although you may be familiar with the chai tea latter from Starbucks, are you familiar with what "chai" really means?
The name chai is actually the Hindi word for tea! It means a mix of spices and ginger steeped into a tea-like beverage. Common spices include cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, black pepper and cloves but various cultures, continents and regions around the world all of their own unique way of making it.
I personally love the strong flavours chai brings. The mix of ginger, cinnamon and fragrant spices instantly transports me to a cozy world of warm hugs. Which is why I will take chai in whatever form I can get (including cookies). That's where the inspiration behind the flavour of these chai oatmeal cookie came from!
What Ingredients do I need for these Chai Oatmeal Cookies?
Oats- Oats are the basis of a good oatmeal cookie, I like to use minute oats or quick oats for these cookies.
Oat flour- I love using oat flour in my recipes for a little extra fibre and whole grains. You can buy pre-made oat flour (like this one or you can just blend an equal amount of oats in a blender or food processor until smooth ( this is what I do)
Spices- Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves are the spices you're going to need to get that cozy chai flavour in these cookie!
Brown Sugar- I add a touch of brown sugar to these to help bring that classic oatmeal cookie flavour we all know and love. I have never tried to leave the sugar out so I can't comment on how they would taste without it!
Coconut Oil- I use coconut oil in most of my baking because I love the subtle coconut flavour it adds. If you don't have it on hand, feel free to use butter just note that your cookies will spread more when baked (so don't press them down!).
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Oatmeal Chai Cookies
- ¾ cup oat flour *see notes if you are making your own oat flour
- 1 cup oats can use rolled, quick or minute
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ cup coconut oil softened **
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- handful chopped walnuts optional
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt can use plain or vanilla (note vanilla will be sweeter)
- ½ teaspoon maple syrup
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees ℉.
- In a medium bowl combine, oat flour, baking soda, salt and spices
- In a separate bowl, cream together coconut oil, brown sugar, egg and vanilla and mix well. Slowly add the oat flour mixture into the sugar mixture and beat to combine.
- Mix-in walnuts if using and place dough in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
- Once chilled, drop about 1 tablespoon of dough onto a prepared cooking sheet.
- Bake for about 12 minutes. While cookies are baking mix together yogurt, maple syrup and cinnamon to create your icing.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cool, top with "icing" and enjoy!