Turn the flavor of your snickerdoodles up a notch by adding chai spices!
Ugh is it really already Monday again! Why does the weekend have to go by so fast? I think the only thing that is going to make this day a little brighter is having a recipe for Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle Bars. Oh hey! You’re in luck because that’s what I’m sharing today!
I could have just made snickerdoodle bars and that would have been fantastic, but when you have an eleven dollar bottle of cardamom sitting in your spice cabinet you opt to make chai spiced snickerdoodles rather than regular. Cardamom is one of those spices that I don’t use all that often. Besides these bars I think I have about a handful of other recipes that I make using it, one of which is my grandma’s cookie recipe that I’ll be sure to share in the next month. I actually really love cardamom because it has such a unique flavor. To be honest it’s very hard for me to describe. If you’ve had chai tea before and you taste a flavor you just can’t seem to identify, that’s the cardamom. It has both a sweet and savory aspect to it and lends itself well to enhancing baked goods as well as meats.
I love baking with it around the holidays probably because it pairs so well with cinnamon which is something I commonly use this time of year. Since cinnamon is one of the key ingredients in snickerdoodles, I thought why not turn them up a notch and add all the chai spices. The addition of the cloves, cardamom, and black pepper (yes that’s correct) along with the cinnamon really enhances the flavor of the bars and reminds you of that delicious cup of chai tea. You should probably have a cup of chai tea or a chai tea latte while you’re eating a couple of these bars!
The chai spiced snickerdoodle bars are easy to make, plus unlike cookies you don’t have to worry if they are going to spread out all over the pan. Living at high altitude, having my cookies spread out all of the pan is a constant battle. One of my favorite parts about these bars is the cinnamon-cardamom sugar that is sprinkled over the top. Once that spiced sugar is baked onto the bars it creates a sweet crispy, crackly crust on top that I absolutely love! If you’re like me and have that eleven dollar bottle of cardamom sitting in your spice cabinet and you’re not sure what to do with it, start by making these chai spiced snickerdoodle bars!