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Monday, December 09, 2013

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Chai Spice Cookies

Here is another recipe reworked for those who can't have gluten or dairy. I recently attended an Epicure party and fell in love with the Chai Spice. I knew right away that I wanted to use it to make cookies. My six-year-old loves these cookies without the powdered sugar coating.

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Chai Spice Cookies
Adapted from this recipe for Chai-Spice Cookies

Prep time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 15 minutes
Yield: ~ 36 teaspoon-sized cookies

These cookies contain:

vegan butter (oils of palm fruit, canola, olive, soy, flax), coconut palm sugar, gluten-free flour blend (brown rice, tapioca, arrowroot and sorghum flours, xanthan gum), soy, spices and salt

These cookies do not contain: 
gluten, dairy, or white/brown processed sugar (unless coated in powdered sugar)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Beat vegan butter with coconut palm sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl or mixer until well blended. Stir in the gluten-free flour blend, chai spice and salt until just combined.
  • Scoop and roll dough into small teaspoon-sized balls and place about an inch apart on two large baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone mats. Bake until lightly golden, approximately 15 minutes. Do not overcook or they will be too dry.
  • If desired, roll warm cookies in powdered sugar. Let cookies cool completely on a rack.
  • Store in an airtight container. These cookies freeze well.

Admittedly, these cookies do taste best rolled in powdered sugar, but I love them without as well. They would work just as well with Xylitol instead of coconut palm sugar if an even lower-glycemic sugar substitute is desired (click here to view the glycemic indexes of various sweeteners).

I hope you enjoy these lightly sweetened, deliciously spicy cookies. I'm having one with peppermint tea right now!


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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Barbara. They don't last too long around here so they must be pretty tasty! :)

    2. Baking gluten free isn't easy, in my experience! So glad to follow in the footsteps of someone who has already tested things out... paved the way...

    3. LymeDiary, thank-you for your kind comments. I agree. Gluten-free baking can be so frustrating! That's why it feels so good when something does work and tastes yummy. I hope you enjoy these!

  2. These look yummy-Came via Bees With Honey

    1. Thanks for stopping by Tennille. These are great dipped in a hot beverage.

  3. These do look delicious. I don't think I've ever had chai cookies. I'm intrigued.

    Thanks for linking up with us at WhyFakeItJustMakeIt :-)

    1. Anytime, Nadia. I think I'm going to try chai spice muffins next. :)

  4. Oh these would be perfect with my tea right now! I love chai. and it's healthy for you too - a nice alternative to green tea every now and then.

    1. It's nice to have a treat that doesn't have any guilt attached to it!