Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie

This giant skillet snickerdoodle recipe is a fuss-free way to make cookies for a crowd! It's warmly spiced and bakes into a chewy, pillowy-edged cookie with a soft interior.

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie

I almost waited to post this recipe in fall months, but ultimately decided that's just too long to wait! Warm chai spices are perfect for cozy feelings at any time of year. And personally, I've found they're especially nice on those mellow summer days when a thunderstorm rolls in, and all you can do is curl up on the couch with a snack and something to read. This recipe is great when you need those cozy, happy feelings that only come with something baked, deliciously buttery, and sweet.

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie

Grab a 10-inch cast iron skillet and butter it up! You can also use a 10-inch round cake pan if you don't have a skillet, but I think everyone needs at least one 9 or 10-inch cast iron skillet. I've used a lot of different cast iron pans over the years, some that are practical and others that are considered fancy and cost as much as a whole set of cookware. If you're looking to add one to your kitchen, I've found that you cannot beat the performance of a preseasoned Lodge cast iron pan (10.25-inch) for the money ($15-$25).

Cast iron does take some maintenance, but it's not difficult to use or clean (cleaning 101 here). In fact, I once knew someone who used theirs as a boat anchor for years, and then cleaned it back up for kitchen use! (For the record, I don't recommend doing that!)

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie

Hello, cookie dough! This is a very simple dough that uses cream of tartar in the formula to help leaven and stabilize the baked cookie. You won't get those pillowy baked edges without it! The dough needs to rest for about 10 minutes after mixing. It will firm upon standing.

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie

While you're resting the dough, mix up the chai spice with a little sugar. A classic snickerdoodle could be made by just using the sugar and cinnamon in the recipe - but I urge you to try my chai-spiced version! It's so comforting. 

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie

After resting, you should have an un-sticky dough. Roll it into a ball, and then into the spices. Place the ball in the center of the pan - you don't even have to tamp it down!  Just let the ball spread in the oven as it bakes. This process is pretty neat to watch through the oven window.

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie

Look at that! It really does look like one big snickerdoodle cookie, complete with pillowed edges and a crackled top.

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie

This is such a lovely thing to share, and it's also a little too easy to grab a slice from the pan throughout the day! I mentioned this recipe is great for a crowd, but our 2 person household has managed to eat all but two slices.

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie

You'll have a little chai spice leftover, so save it to sprinkle over - everything! Here I've sprinkled some on top of ice cream. Did I mention this cookie is utter perfection with a scoop of vanilla? It is!

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie

This skillet cookie should be in everyone's recipe box! It has all the best parts of snickerdoodle cookies without the production of portioning. Enjoy!

Chai-Spiced Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie
Yields one 10-inch skillet

Cookie dough
1 cup (226g)unsalted butter, melted
2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (53g) brown sugar, lightly packed
1 large egg

Chai spice coating
1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Coat a 10-inch cast iron skillet with some of the melted butter using a pastry brush. Set aside.

For the dough, whisk the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt together in a large mixing bowl. In a separate medium bowl, mix together the remaining melted butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and egg. Pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture. Beat together using a hand mixer on low speed until combined. Let the dough rest uncovered for 10 minutes, or until firmed and not sticky.

Meanwhile, make the chai spice coating. Stir together the granulated sugar and all of the ground spices in large bowl. When the dough is firm, gather it together with your hands and form into a large ball. Roll the ball in the spices repeatedly until the ball is totally covered with the sugar and spice mixture. You will have leftover chai spice (save for other use).

Place the ball in the center of the buttered skillet; do not spread or flatten it. The ball will spread as it bakes. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the cookie fills the pan and is golden brown and crackled on top. Cut into wedges and serve warm with scoops of ice cream and leftover chai spice sprinkled on top. Or store room temperature wedges in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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  1. This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Made this day before yesterday for dinner guests! It turned out absolutely wonderful! I want to try to use the chai spice coating on regular snickerdoodles as well. Loved the flavor. It was a hit!

  3. I made these as individual cookies and uses the "pan banging" method. my roommate said these are the best cookies she's ever had and I agree.


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