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Chocolate Marmalade Chai Sandwich Cookies


These delicious, spicy sandwich cookies are perfect for cookie platters, Christmas tins, or just any time!

Rate this recipe 2.6/5 (15 Votes)


  • Cookie:
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup loose-leaf Chai tea blend
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Filling:
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade


Servings 30
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 15mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Once completely liquid, add tea and stir to combine. Let butter and tea steep over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and filter margarine through a fine sieve into a large bowl. Press down on tea leaves in sieve with the back of a wooden spoon, releasing as much butter as possible into the bowl.

Step 2

Discard tea leaves. Let butter cool until it reaches room temperature, approximately 1 hour.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 4

Add sugar, molasses, egg, and vanilla into the bowl with the room-temperature butter. Stir on medium for 3-4 minutes, until well combined and pale in color.

Step 5

Sift salt, baking powder, baking soda, and flour into bowl with the sugar mixture. Stir on low until it comes together to form a thick dough.

Step 6

To make the cookies, take 1 heaping teaspoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Place ball of dough on cookie sheet and press down until dough becomes a thin circle, leaving 1/2 inch of space between cookies (cookies do not spread much at all, so make sure it is well and truly flattened). Repeat until all cookies have been formed.

Step 7

Bake cookies in preheated oven for 8-9 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Remove cookies from oven and let sit on cookie sheets for 5 minutes before removing to cooling racks. Let cookies cool completely.

Step 8

To make filling, place softened butter in a medium bowl. Add sugar, cocoa, and marmalade. Stir on low until just combined, then beat on medium for 2-3 minutes until fluffy.

Step 9

To fill, place 1 1/2 teaspoons frosting in the middle of one cookie, then top with the second cookie, pressing down gently to secure. Repeat until all cookies have been sandwiched together. Makes 2 1/2 dozen sandwich cookies.


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