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Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles

I love spices, my husband loves Snickerdoodles so I thought these would be amazing! Plus, a few years ago when I saw the recipe really all I needed to see was the picture to know that I needed to make these. Well, I'm not sure why it took two flippin years but I finally made these during the annual Holiday Baking Day with my mom, grandma and aunts...

I'm not a huge chocolate fan but I really like these. In my opinion they're actually perfect because they're not too sweet but there is enough chocolate flavor to ensure that I'll really only want 1 cookie. The majority of others like chocolate much more than I do so they may have differing opinions. I know that everyone at our baking day really liked these and my husband did though he admitted he'd rather have a regular Snickerdoodle.

I think I'll make a variation of this recipe again sometime but without the chocolate maybe; just to compare!
Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles
Source: Dierberg’s Everybody Cooks; Sept. 2006
Ingredients
2-¼ cups sugar
1-teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-teaspoon ground ginger
1-teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 ¼ cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

Directions
- In a large mixer bowl combine sugar and spices; reserve ½ cup of the mixture in a shallow bowl
- Add cocoa powder to mixer bowl; stir to blend
- Add butter and beat at medium speed until fluffy
- Add eggs and vanilla, beating a low speed until combined
- Stir in flour and baking powder
- Shape 1 tablespoon of dough into ball; roll in reserved sugar and spice mixture
- Place on parchment-lined baking sheet
- Repeat with remaining dough, placing balls 2-inched apart
- Bake at 350* for about 12-15 minutes until edges are firm
- Cool on wire racks

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