These may look like plain old oatmeal raisin cookies, but don't be fooled. Underneath their bumpy, unassuming appearance, they contain all the alluring spices of masala chai tea.

This recipe is a result of a personal eureka moment. I was sitting, drinking a cup of chai tea and eating an oatmeal raisin cookie. I slowly started to look back and forth between cup and cookie, murmuring the occasional mmm, until finally my brain worked out that this was a magical pairing that deserved to be further explored. A few hours in the kitchen (and the spice rack) later, and I had melded my two loves into one delicious sweet.

Cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and a pinch of black pepper come together to give the dough a warm spiced taste that's pleasantly hard to pin down to one flavor. The raisins are steeped in tea so they are plump, juicy, and give an extra dose of chai. Dark brown sugar imparts a subtle molasses flavor that make these one sultry little cookie. I've found that these aromatic, oaty treats pair perfectly with another Indian tea: dark and malty Assam.


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