This recipe, based on chai, makes the rounds on the internet every year around this time. The original food blogger (of which Taylor Swift adapted her recipe), Joy the Baker, notes that these cookies are totally “chewy and soft” and “perfect for fall girlies’ aesthetic”

Taylor’s recipe for chai cookies is pretty simple. All you need to do is measure and combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix it all together!

After chilling the dough for about an hour, you will be ready to shape it into balls before baking it in the oven. In total, the recipe will take less than an hour – this could make for a great bake-date or a relaxing and creative weekend activity.

Ingredients for Taylor Swift’s Chai Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup white sugar, plus for topping
  • ½ cup powdered sugar, plus for the frosting
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 chai tea bag, plus more for the icing


  1. Set the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Put a non-stick sheet on our pan and leave it aside.
  3. While the oven is heating, beat the butter in a large bowl. After it becomes foamy, add the oil.
  4. Add the sugar, powdered sugar, egg and vanilla.
  5. Add the flour, soda, salt and chai and mix.
  6. Leave the dough in the fridge for about an hour.
  7. Pour a small amount of white sugar on a plate.
  8. Shape the dough into 12 balls using your hands, coating each one with the white sugar before placing them on the baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 9 minutes.

For the icing

  1. Mix together a small amount (I used about ½ cup) of powdered sugar and half of a chai bag. Adding a capful of milk at a time, mix until the desired consistency is reached.
  2. When the cookies are baked and completely cooled, cover the tops with the chai glaze.

Extra tips!

  • Use the butter wrapper to grease the non-stick sheet.

  • Use an electric hand mixer to beat the butter.
  • Stirring with a fork helps to incorporate the mixture very well. Then use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • If you don’t have time to chill the dough, the cookies will turn out just as well.
  • Taylor’s recipe says to bake for 9 minutes, but that changes depending on the oven. If you put them in a higher position it may take about 12 minutes.