Now that Halloween is over, my mind switches gears and accepts that cold weather season is upon us. I enjoy winter as long as it’s not cold! Maybe that’s why we live in Arizona?! 🙂 The evenings here do get chilly, so sometimes it’s nice to have a hot cup of cocoa or a chai latte to warm up. I thought it would be fun to take the flavor of a chai latte and make it into a cookie bar.
These Chai Cookie Bars have all of the flavors of a chai latte thanks to the addition of powered drink mix. They’re simple to whip up and perfect for the season!
Chai Cookie Bars
Yield: 40-48 bars
For the bars:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup instant chai latte powder
2 tsp. vanilla
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
For the frosting:
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup half & half or milk
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. cardamom
¼ tsp. cinnamon
Additional cinnamon (optional)
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 10×15 inch jelly roll pan and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and chai latte powder until fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg; mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add it to the sugar mixture, beating until well combined. Spread and pat the dough into the prepared pan with your hands. Bake for 18-22 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
While the cookies are cooling, prepare the frosting: Cream the butter in a large bowl. Add the remaining frosting ingredients and beat until light and fluffy.
Top the cooled bars with the frosting. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon if desired. Cut into squares.
Jamie Sherman founded Love Bakes Good Cakes in February 2012. Jamie spends her days with her husband, Brian and homeschooling their 5 children – ages 17 to 2 – in the Phoenix area. She also develops and tests recipes using her own family recipes that have been handed down to her, as well as those she adapts from cookbooks, magazines, newspaper, online resources and from other bloggers. She believes meals and recipes should be easy enough for the average cook and uses ingredients that are available in most local markets. She strives to share recipes that are family-friendly, budget-friendly and cook-friendly!