How to Make a Chai Shortbread Cookie Tart

by Joseph Feiertag

A traditional rich buttery shortbread cookie blended with the unique flavorful spices of chai.


  • 1 tart pan, pie plate or shortbread mold
  • 1 Stand Mixer
  • 1 Rubber spatula
  • Baking release spray
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • 1 Fork
  • 3 Cups All-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • ½ Teaspoons Salt
  • 3 Sticks of butter
  • ¾ Cups Granulated sugar
  • 3 Darjeeling tea bags
  • ½ Teaspoons Ginger
  • ½ Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoons Cloves
  • ½ Teaspoons Cardamom whole or ground
  • 3 Tablespoons Vanilla Sugar for garnish
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    For this shortbread cookie, I am using the tart pan with a removable bottom.

    Step 2

    In a large bowl place the flour, cornstarch and salt. Whisk together and set aside.

    Step 3

    Remove Darjeeling tea leaves from tea bags and set aside.

    Step 4

    When using whole cardamom pods, they need to be finely ground.

    Step 5

    Process in a personal blender, spice or coffee grinder.

    Step 6

    After finely ground, set aside.

    Step 7

    Cream together the 3/4 cups of sugar and 3 sticks of butter until light and fluffy.

    Step 8

    Blend in the Darjeeling tea leaves and spices.

    Step 9

    Scrape down the bowl.

    Step 10

    Blend in half the flour mixture. Mix thoroughly.

    Step 11

    Blend in the remaining flour mixture. Mix together until it forms a solid like dough, all comes together and pulls away from the sides.

    Step 12

    Lightly coat tart pan with baking release spray.

    Step 13

    Add cookie dough to pan. Using your hands, press dough evenly to cover the bottom of tart pan.

    Step 14

    Vanilla sugar; 3 tbls sugar and a pinch of vanilla bean powder or 1/4 tsp vanilla extract. Mix together and set aside to garnish the top of the tart.

    Step 15

    After the cookie has been pressed into the tart pan, use a fork to pierce the tart into 12 sections. Garnish the top of the Chai tart with half of the vanilla sugar.

    Step 16

    Bake at 350f for 35 minutes or until golden brown.

    Step 17

    When done, remove from oven and garnish the top of the tart with the remaining vanilla sugar. Cool completely be for removing tart from pan.

    Step 18

    Remove the tart from the pan, place on a serving dish and cut along the fork perforated lines into 12 even pieces. Serve with tea to family and friends.