Meet your new favorite chewy cookie – these Gluten-Free Vegan Chai Sugar Cookies! These Paleo-friendly cookies have a crispy exterior with a tender, chewy center. They’re the perfect pairing for nut milk, tea, or coffee.

Meet your new favorite chewy cookie - these Gluten-Free Vegan Chai Sugar Cookies! These Paleo-friendly cookies have a crispy exterior with a tender, chewy center. They're the perfect pairing for nut milk, tea, or coffee.

Are you more of a sugar cookie person or a chocolate chip cookie person? Most of us tend to be drawn to either the simpler sugar cookie flavors…or the more ridiculously decadent flavors of chocolate chip cookies. I usually fall into the chocolate chip cookie camp. But, that’s also because chocolate chip cookie dough usually knocks my socks off more than sugar cookie dough ever did.

However…I think I figured out the problem. Most of the sugar cookie experiences in my life have been with store-bought sugar cookies. Which means: dry, mostly flavorless, too crumbly. They tend to be disappointing. And if I’m going to have a disappointing store-bought cookie, I want it to at least have chocolate.

Meet your new favorite chewy cookie - these Gluten-Free Vegan Chai Sugar Cookies! These Paleo-friendly cookies have a crispy exterior with a tender, chewy center. They're the perfect pairing for nut milk, tea, or coffee.

BUT disappointing sugar cookies are NO MORE 🙅 These chai sugar cookies are chewy, rich, flavorful, decadent, and absolutely delicious. They’re everything I ever wanted my sugar cookies to be and MORE. Gone are the days of thin, dry sugar cookies. IN are the days of Turbinado-sugar rolled, chai-spiced sugar cookies. 

Chai Sugar Cookies are easy to make! 

To make these chai sugar cookies, we use deliciously rich and wholesome ingredients. We start with a mixture of coconut oil, nut butter, and coconut sugar. These provide a buttery, luscious texture without the butter. 

Meet your new favorite chewy cookie - these Gluten-Free Vegan Chai Sugar Cookies! These Paleo-friendly cookies have a crispy exterior with a tender, chewy center. They're the perfect pairing for nut milk, tea, or coffee.

Then, we add flax eggs and vanilla extract. If you aren’t vegan or avoiding eggs, you can regular hen’s eggs instead. 

For the dry ingredients, we use blanched almond flour, baking soda, salt, and of course – chai spices! I used the mix of chai spices that I use for my homemade chai latte recipe. I recommend using that mix as well. You’ll have extra, which is perfect for making chai lattes or more chai sugar cookies 😀

Meet your new favorite chewy cookie - these Gluten-Free Vegan Chai Sugar Cookies! These Paleo-friendly cookies have a crispy exterior with a tender, chewy center. They're the perfect pairing for nut milk, tea, or coffee.

The final touch on these is to roll the dough around in a chai spice sugar mixture, a la snickerdoodles. I like using turbinado sugar, which is an unrefined type of cane sugar with big crystals that look great on these cookies. To keep the cookies completely Paleo-friendly, I’d recommend using coconut sugar instead.

These Chai Sugar Cookies make a wonderful holiday gift…if you can bear to give them away! They’re perfect for cookie platters, sharing with friends and family, and making all for yourself on a chilly night. Perfect served with a chai latte or a cup of hot cocoa. I hope you adore these as much as I do!

Meet your new favorite chewy cookie - these Gluten-Free Vegan Chai Sugar Cookies! These Paleo-friendly cookies have a crispy exterior with a tender, chewy center. They're the perfect pairing for nut milk, tea, or coffee.

If you like this recipe, try these chai spice recipes too!

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Gluten-Free Vegan Chai Sugar Cookies


  • Author: Rachel
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: about 12 cookies 1x

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Meet your new favorite chewy cookie – these Gluten-Free Vegan Chai Sugar Cookies! These Paleo-friendly cookies have a crispy exterior with a tender, chewy center. They’re the perfect pairing for nut milk, tea, or coffee.


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Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 3 tablespoons (37g) refined coconut oil, softened with a texture similar to softened butter
  • 3 tablespoons (48g) creamy cashew or almond butter, or other creamy nut butter
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 ½ flax eggs (see Notes)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ⅔ cups (160g) blanched almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons chai spice mix
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

To roll the cookies in

  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar or raw turbinado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chai spice mix

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the coconut oil, nut butter, and coconut sugar until fully combined, about 1 minute.
  2. Beat in the flax egg, then stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the blanched almond flour, chai spice mix, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir together until completely combined.
  4. Place dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before forming balls to make it easier to work with – you can leave the dough in the fridge (covered) for up to 48 hours.
  5. When you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Mix together the sugar and chai spice mix in a small bowl to roll the cookies in.
  7. Use a cookie scoop to make cookie dough balls, roll into a ball with your hands, and then roll each dough ball in the sugar mixture. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for about 9 to 11 minutes in the preheated oven, depending on the size of your cookies, or until they’ve puffed and cracked. Let cool completely on the cookie sheet.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Notes

For the flax egg, combine 1.5 tablespoons flax meal + 4 tablespoons water in a small bowl. Whisk and let set for 10 minutes, until thickened. If you prefer, you can use a regular egg + one egg yolk.

Keywords: chai, cookies, sugar cookies, gluten free, vegan, paleo

Meet your new favorite chewy cookie - these Gluten-Free Vegan Chai Sugar Cookies! These Paleo-friendly cookies have a crispy exterior with a tender, chewy center. They're the perfect pairing for nut milk, tea, or coffee.



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