Bombay Chai Shortbread Cookie Recipe

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Before my love of coffee came my love of tea. Growing up my nanny and dad would always start their day off with a hot cup of tea and if I was lucky I could usually get them to make me one too. More cream and sugar than tea but still…

So when one of my favorite tea companies asked if I was interested in featuring two of their gift products in my holiday gift guide I couldn’t help but jump for joy and immediately say yes.

Mighty Leaf is a company I’m very familiar with. My husband loves the Mighty Leaf iced black tea that they serve at Nordstrom Cafe so much that he tried to hunt it down in the individual packs only to find out that it was sold in bulk. So what did he do? He chatted with the manager at the cafe and was able to purchase some for home right from Nordstrom.

Now I’m easy, I stick to the varieties of Mighty Leaf that I can find on store shelves.

Mighty Leaf tea gift set

Mighty Leaf offers a variety of wonderful gift options for this holiday season including the Mighty Leaf Sweet Selections Gift Sampler pictured above. In it includes some deliciously sweet teas that are perfect for any holiday event you have coming up.

I decided to have a little fun with my gift set and made some delicious shortbread cookies with the Bombay Chai tea. Not only were these cookies deliciously spicy from the chai, they were also perfect for dessert when I hosted a recent girls night in.

Plus they were VERY easy to make and took less than 15 minutes to mix together and put in the oven.

4.5 from 6 votes

Bombay Chai Shortbread Cookies


  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 bag chai tea leaves if they’re whole leaf, crush them to make them finer
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened, but still cool
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice until thoroughly combined. Remove one teaspoon of the mixture and, in a small separate bowl, stir it into the 2 tablespoons of sugar; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the remaining spice mix and chai tea with the flour and salt; set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture and beat until the dough resembles wet sand, don’t over beat.
  5. Using your hands, press the dough together to form a ball then press into a shortbread pan, or square 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper.Make sure dough is pressed in evenly.
  6. Press the chai sugar mixture into the top of the dough (I usually reserve half of it to sprinkle on the cookies once I take them from the pan, but you can use as much or as little as you like). Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top feels firm and the edges are golden.
  7. Cut into squares and enjoy!


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Satisfy cravings without eating sugar. The Mighty Leaf Sweet Selections Gift Sampler includes 15 Tea Pouches of the following whole leaf teas: Orange Dulce, Vanilla Bean and Bombay Chai. Orange Dulce teems with bergamot, orange, vanilla, and jasmine blossoms.

Spice it up with vanilla from Madagascar in our Vanilla Bean or with the pepper, orange, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves in our Bombay Chai. The Sweet Selections Gift Sampler is wrapped with a complimentary gift ribbon and available for $24 on

Want awesome information about Mighty Leaf? Consider signing up for Mighty Leaf email newsletters and receive a coupon for 15% off tea!

Stay tuned! The Simmworks Family Blog will be giving away this Mighty Leaf Sweet Selections Gift Sampler and Tea Top Brew Mug soon.

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  1. Looks so good! Beautiful in those bows. Now I really want some teas 🙂
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  2. Great recipe, I love shortbread. I like the idea of adding pumpkin pie spice to it.
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  3. I adore shortbread cookies! These look absolutely delicious! I love how you infused herbal tea too!
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  4. What an interesting recipe! I’m going to have to give this a try if I can find this tea here! I’ve never thought to use tea in anything other than water in a cup!
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  5. What a great idea to add chai tea leaves!
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  6. This sounds wonderful! What a clever way to use tea leaves.
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  7. These look great!

  8. These look like great cookies! They pair perfectly with the tea.
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  9. I will be STALKING for the giveaway. Mighty Leaf is one of my very favorite teas!
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  10. I’m from the south. I take my tea ice cold with lots of sugar. I’m not a huge fan of hot tea, although I wish I was.
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  11. That looks so good! I don’t drink tea much but I like this recipe! Must try!

  12. The Shortbread cookies look very elegant and I would love to have these with a cup of tea.

  13. I grew up with my mother always drinking tea in the morning and I would love to get a cup myself as well! I still love to drink tea! Thank you for the chance to win!

  14. natalie parvis says:

    That looks so delicious! I’ve never made shortbread before.

  15. These look great! Very classy!

  16. BlackAsphodel says:

    These sound and look delicious! I didn’t know you could use tea leaves in cookies.

  17. David Smith says:

    I love shortbread. I’m going to have to give this recipe a try. It’s getting cold next week, so baking will keep the house a little warmer. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. I take mine with a little bit of sugar.

  19. I’m not a fan of tea, but would definitely love to give these a try! Hopefully they taste more like shortbread cookies then they do the tea. lol

  20. Jennifer T. says:

    Wow, two of my favorite things…chai tea and shortbread. These look delicious!

  21. Seyma Shabbir says:

    The cookies look so yummy! I usually drink my chai with milk and sugar. We eat it with Indian cookies called cake rusk but this would be great to try!

  22. Tom Lester says:

    This sounds deeeeleeesh!!

  23. Shortbread and a nice hot tea on a cold day—I could see this!

  24. These shortbread cookies look and sound so interesting. I love pumpkin pie spice and I like the fact that there isn’t a ton of sugar in these.

  25. I love a cup of tea in the afternoons. This Chai Shortbread Cookie would go perfect with it. Thanks for the recipe.

  26. courtney hennagir says:

    These look so easy to make and would make beautiful gifts!I am a huge tea fan and I will definitely be trying these!

  27. I would love to try this recipe. Seems very tasty. Always looking for new sweet treats to try!

  28. Brenda Burgess says:

    It looks like a great recipe to try with the tea


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