Turmeric Chai Cookies

I thought I forgot the recipe for these but would you believe it I bloody wrote it down! Hooray for everything! Cookies for all!

I wanted to make a biscuit that tastes like a turmeric chai latte, because in high school I was in the stage band. I practiced every evening after completing my homework, wore fluorescent lime-green collared shirts, and played 'feelin hot hot hot' at assemblies. Obviously I peaked too early. So it's about time I do something cool again. In this case, it is making turmeric chai biscuits, with a pistachio and cracked pepper icing. 


200g butter

1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp cardamom pods

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 tsp black pepper corns

3 cups flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp coriander

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/4 tsp mixed spice

1/2 tsp ground pepper

1/4 tsp salt

2 eggs, whisked

1 Tbsp vanilla essence

For the icing

1/4 cup pistachio nuts

1/2 cup icing sugar

Cracked pepper

What to do

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the cloves, cardamom pods, turmeric and pepper corns. Stir on the heat for another 30 seconds or so, take it off the heat, let it sit to infuse for 5 minutes, and then strain the infused butter into a bowl.

To the butter, add the flour, sugar, all the spices, salt, pepper, eggs and vanilla essence. 

Kneed until it forms a smooth dough. Wrap in cling film, and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.

While still cold, roll out the dough to about 1cm thickness, and cut out cookie shapes using a cutter.

Place on trays lined with baking paper, and bake at 180˚C for 20 minutes, or until they start to brown.

To make the icing, blend the pistachios until smooth, mix in the icing sugar, add water 1 Tbsp at a time - while mixing - until a smooth paste forms. Spread on top of the biscuits, and sprinkle with a little cracked pepper.