Pumpkin Cookies with Chai Tea Glaze {gluten, dairy, and soy free}

Autumn has arrived, and so have my cravings for pumpkin-y, spice-filled baked goodies. I found a way to incorporate both of those things with this recipe. The cookies are ridiculously moist and soft, and the chai tea glaze adds just enough sweetness for my liking.

Cookie Ingredients:

2 1/2 C. Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Xanthan Gum

1/2 C. Earth Balance Spread
1 1/4 C. Sugar
1 C. Pumpkin {canned or fresh puree}
1 egg
1 tsp. Vanilla

To Make the Cookies:
Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Cream Earth Balance and Sugar in the bowl of your mixer {or with a hand mixer}.
Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla to the sugar mixture. Mix thoroughly.
With your mixer running on the lowest setting, add the flour mixture a bit at a time.
Scoop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Place on a wire rack to cool.

Glaze Ingredients:
2 C. Powdered Sugar {or perhaps a bit more, depending on desired thickness}
3-4 Tbsp. Chai Tea Concentrate*
1 Tbsp. Melted Earth Balance Spread
1 tsp. Vanilla*

*If you have chai tea concentrate on hand, you can use it in this recipe, though I would omit the additional vanilla. If you do not, boil 1/3-1/2 cup of water, and then add one black tea bag, a cinnamon stick, a star anise pod, 2-3 cardamom pods, 2-3 cloves, and a bit of ground nutmeg. Allow the mixture to steep for several minutes, strain, and use in your glaze.

To Make the Glaze:
Measure powdered sugar into a medium bowl, and then add chai concentrate, Earth Balance, and vanilla.
Mix thoroughly with a whisk or your hand mixer.
If your glaze seems too thick, add a bit more chai concentrate. If your glaze seems a bit too thin, add additional powdered sugar.
Spoon over cooled cookies, leaving them on a wire cooling rack so that excess glaze drips through the rack rather than pooling around the cookies. {For easy clean-up, place some parchment paper under your wire rack.}


  1. OOOHHH! These look so yummy.

    Thanks for participating in chai week! Can't wait to make these beauties.

  2. Pumpkin cookies -- delicious in any form. I've never tried cooking with the chai tea concentrate before, that's interested, but I bet it is delicious. Happy Saturday :)

  3. The glaze is amazingly simple and fantastic. Thanks.


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