chai spice sugar cookies (vegan)

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What?  Oh, hi.  I’m still alive; I just have one too many Serious Grown Up Paying Jobs (not that I’m complaining) and this little blog of mine has drawn the short stick as a result.  But I’m taking advantage of this unseasonably warm Sunday afternoon and the fact that I’m a few clicks away from submitting my latest article to my editor to share these chai spice sugar cookies with you.

These are for a vegan (ahem, mostly vegan) friend who celebrated a birthday on Friday — I couldn’t make it to her shindig, so I offered baked goods in return.  I know people say this all the time, but folks, these DO NOT taste vegan.  I don’t know what vegan cookies are supposed to be like, but these taste just as unhealthy as the buttery, eggy ones that I might decide to make one day anyway.  If you want to go whole hog (no pun intended), I suggest subbing in a cup of real butter in place of the vegan stuff and one egg in place of the flax.

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Okay, enough of that.  Let’s talk cookies.  These were actually a little sweet for me (get back on your chair; I’ll wait) so I’m reducing the amount of sugar here a bit.  Feel free to increase if you’d like.  I used vegan margarine, but I’m sure you could do just as well with applesauce; just don’t yell at me if they come out weird.  Also, I know it’s weird and kind of ghetto to use actual tea, but I wasn’t going to spend $17 on spices for one recipe.  I’m sure dry tea is good for you.

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Vegan Chai Spice Sugar Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour

1 tbsp baking soda

1/2 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt (optional; I omitted — I KNOW, what is going on with me?)

For cookies:

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

4 bags’ worth chai spice tea

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

1 tbsp water

1 cup vegan margarine

For rolling mixture:

1/2 cup sugar

2 bags’ worth chai spice tea

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt (if using).  Set aside.  In a small bowl, stir together flaxseed and water.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together sugar, spices, and margarine until light and creamy.  Add vanilla and flax mixture; beat until combined.

Slowly stir in flour mixture until dough is just mixed and rolls easily without sticking to your hands.  In a small bowl, combine sugar, tea, and spices.  Roll dough into 3/4-inch balls, then roll in sugar mixture.  Arrange 1 1/2 inches apart in rows on a cookie sheet.  Bake 8 minutes, or until just beginning to crack on top.  Cool completely on cooling rack.

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