Holiday Cookie Countdown: Peanut Butter Chai Crackles

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“Peanut Butter Chai?” said my husband skeptically as he swallowed a cookie in a single bite.

I know. I thought the same thing.

Peanut Butter Chai. Not a combination I’d been dreaming about. Not a combination I’d ever even thought about. But you know what? It’s good. Real good.

It’s sort of a nutty spice cookie that’s packed with flavor. Everyone who tasted this tried to figure out what it was and no one got it right. (Suprisingly, several guessed Peanut Butter Snickers?) But they kept eating because it was darn good. Cinnamon, ginger, cloves and cardamom hop in the bowl and get chummy with the peanut butter. They are so freaking addicting.

Very exotic. Very exciting. Very delicious. Make this one for a little je ne sais quois on your cookie platter. You won’t be sorry.

Holiday Cookie Countdown: Peanut Butter Chai Crackles

Holiday Cookie Countdown: Peanut Butter Chai Crackles


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup creamy peanut butter

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 egg

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup turbinado sugar or large crystal sugar, for topping the cookies


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.

In large bowl, cream together the butter and peanut butter. Beat in the sugars until fluffy. Add in the egg, milk and vanilla and mix well.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, all the spices and pepper.

Beat half the flour mixture into the wet ingredients. Then add the rest of the flour mixture and mix. Do not over mix. Chill dough for 2 hours, up to overnight.

Pour the turbinado sugar into a bowl. Roll the dough into balls slightly larger than a tablespoon and drop in sugar mixture to coat. Continue this for the rest of the dough. Place the sugared cookie dough balls on your prepared baking sheet, at least 2 inches apart.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until centers are just set and tops crackled. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 32 cookies.

Adapted from The Frugal Foodie Mama .

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