25 Days of Cookies: Make Martha Stewart Living's chai snowball cookie recipe

These chai cookies are rolled in powdered sugar for a festive finish!

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Martha Stewart Living's December issue is all about one thing -- cookies! These chai snowball confections are a festive sweet treat that packs all the spicy winter flavors we love.

Check out the recipe below and step-by-step guide.

Martha Stewart Living's Chai Snowballs

Makes about 3 dozen cookies


2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 cup almond flour

2 tablespoons best-quality black tea leaves, such as Darjeeling, coarsely ground in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Pinch of ground cloves

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for rolling

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 325, with racks in upper and lower thirds. In a bowl, whisk together both flours, tea, salt, pepper and spices.

In a another bowl, beat butter with sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low; gradually add flour mixture, beating just until a dough forms.

Roll level tablespoons of dough into balls. Place 1 inch apart on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets.

Bake, rotating rack positions once halfway through, until cookies are set and golden on bottoms, 15 - 18 minutes.

Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes. Roll in confectioners’ sugar; let cool completely on a wire rack.

Generously coat in more confectioners’ sugar before serving, or store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart Living.

Head to our full guide here all month long for the most beautiful, fun and delicious holiday cookies that are sure to become a new tradition.

Editor's note: This was originally published on Dec. 15, 2018.