Soft & Chewy Chai Cookies (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Heather Dessinger

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If you haven’t already made up a batch of this five-minute masala chai mix, now is the time to infuse its warm flavors into everything in your kitchen. Okay, maybe not everything, but definitely your tea and these chai cookies. 

Spiced with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and a smidge of black pepper, they’re soft, chewy, and easy to make. Although I used to think of them as a “holiday cookie,” I’ve actually come to enjoy this spice blend in just about every season, even the summer when I add it to my home churned vanilla ice cream. 

So – at least in my house – we don’t file this recipe away for just one season. We enjoy them all through the year, and I hope you will too!

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Spiced Chai Cookies Recipe (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Spiced with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and a smidge of black pepper, these chai cookies are soft, chewy, and easy to make. Recipe makes 12-14 cookies.
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 181kcal
Author Heather Dessinger



For the Sugar Coating


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix together the sugar coating ingredients (coconut sugar and chai spice mix) and pour them on a small plate. Set aside for now. 
  • Combine the dry ingredients (almond flour, coconut sugar, chai spice mix, arrowroot, baking soda, and salt) in a medium bowl.
  • Whisk the egg and vanilla together in a small bowl and then add them to the dry ingredients along with the melted butter/coconut oil. MIx until the dough forms a ball, then pick it up and knead it a few times with your hands. 
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out one heaping tablespoon of cookie dough, roll it into a ball, and then flatten it between your palms. 
  • Press one side of the cookie into the sugar coating and then place it on the baking sheet with the sugared side facing up. Continue this process until all the cookies are on the baking sheet. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes, then allow the cookies to rest for 5 minutes before serving them. These cookies are best served warm so I recommend eating them right away. If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two, in the fridge for a few days, or in the freezer for up to six months.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

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12 thoughts on “Soft & Chewy Chai Cookies (Gluten-Free, Paleo)”

  1. I don’t need gluten free, can i substitute regular AP flour for almond flour, baking powder (for arrowroot) in the same amounts?

    • 5 stars
      I just made 2 batches of these cookies. One with almond flour and one with a substitute of equal parts of coconut flour and tapioca starch. Almond flour has the ability to hold moisture way better than any other flour, which is why it’s perfect for this recipe. The substitute batch came out very dry (I put a spoon of jam on top to help) but the almond ones came out perfectly, no jam necessary! If your out of almond flour, wait until you order some to try this recipe!

  2. Hi! Same question as Terri Smith, regarding AP flour/baking powder vs almond flour/arrowroot for those who do not require gluten free. I look forward to any advice in this area. Thank you!