This cookie is near and dear to my heart as it was my ticket to appear on Good Morning America. I entered it in their Best Holiday Cookie contest and — surprise — it won! Two days later my mom and I were off on a whirlwind trip to New York and a live TV appearance with one of my favorite Food Network chefs, Michael Symon. You can check out the video here — Michael is not much of a baker and he endeared himself to us (and all of America) by splattering himself with butter. But he was sweet and kind and down-to-earth — one of my favorite celebrity chefs I’ve ever met.
But back to the cookie…
This is my family’s signature cookie; I developed it especially for them. It all started when Kate called my Snickerdoodles “boring” — as in “I’d-rather-eat-fruit-snacks-than-eat-these-boring”.
That’s like the worst thing you can say to someone who likes to bake. So I set out to make them exciting. Exotic. I added cocoa to make them Chocolate Snickerdoodles, which actually pleased Kate very much, but I went the extra mile and added the chai spices for my husband Jeff (who keeps Starbucks in business with his chai tea latte orders). And Chai Chocolate Snickerdoodles was too much for Carter to say (though he had no trouble eating them), so Chai Chocodoodles were born.
I hope you love them as much as we do.