This homemade Chai Spice Blend is the perfect warm and cozy spice mixture for the holiday season. Add it to pancakes, oatmeal, cakes, lattes and more!
Let’s chat Elf on a Shelf for a minute, shall we? After doing a Facebook Live last week and mentioning our little elf, Ella, I’ve received some pretty hilarious emails and comments about it.
One thing I’ve figured out is that people either love it *raises hand* or absolutely freaking loathe it.
We’re #teamelfonashelf around here and honestly, I think Eric and I adore it just as much as Elle.
And if you promise to keep the hate mail to a minimum, I’ll confess that although Ella refrains from doing anything too mischievous, she does have quite the wardrobe, her own mailbox, and adorable mini stationery.
We even have a set of magical red tongs that allow us to move her back to her shelf if we find her in a particularly precarious spot in the morning.
Overboard? Absolutely. But this holiday tradition is truly one of my absolute favorite things about the season and no one can convince me otherwise.
So, tell me, are are you an elf lover, or loather?
One of my other favorite things about the holidays are super simple DIY gifts for neighbors, coworkers, friends and family. There’s just something so memorable about a handmade gift that makes it extra special.
From homemade vanilla extract and infused vodka to an indoor s’mores kit and homemade hot cocoa mix, I’ve got you covered in the adorable homemade gift department!
And if you’ve been following My Baking Addiction for any length of time, you also know that I am a huge fan of homemade spice blends – especially during the holidays.
My homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe pretty much ends up in everything I make from September through February and is always one of the most popular recipes on my blog every fall.
I’ve also shared apple pie spice which is equally as amazing and perfect for any apple dessert!
This year, I’ve been on a Chai tea kick and I decided that I wanted to infuse those deliciously cozy flavors into pretty much everything I am baking this holiday season.
If you’ve never made a homemade spice blend, they’re pretty much the easiest thing ever. Measure everything into a jar, give it a shake, or whisk, add a pretty tag or bow and you’re good to go.
You can double, triple and even quadruple the recipe for holiday gift giving.
This chai spice blend is delicious in just about everything you’re whipping up this holiday season from cookies and cakes to pancakes, eggnog and lattes!
I also love it mixed with some granulated sugar and sprinkled over warm, buttered toast for a spicy spin on cinnamon toast. It’s also great for cinnamon rolls and spiced nuts. Seriously, I could go on and on!
Whether you’re whipping this chai spice blend up to sprinkle on your morning oatmeal or for the perfect hostess gift, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Thursday 21st of April 2022
I'm tickled to find this blend. I only discovered the joy of Chai a few years ago. For some reason, I don't know why, I thought Chai was a "hot" ingredient as in hot chilis or something. I guess because so many foods from India are known for that and I can't tolerate it AT ALL. I have yet to understand WHY people get enjoyment from food burning their mouth. I was raised in simple country cooking and you don't see this in any food. Anyway, I want to make this but wondering an approximate quantity this amount of ingredients creates. It helps to know if I want to double or triple if I want to give some to others. It may be in the article but I can't find it. Did I miss it? Many thanks.
Thursday 21st of April 2022
Hi Pamela, this mix makes 8 teaspoons, which is just shy of 3 tablespoons. Hope this helps! Happy baking! -Jamie
Saturday 26th of June 2021
This is such a good recipe! I made a few alterations and they turned out so chewy and perfect: first, I subbed 1/2 of the white sugar with dark brown sugar; then, I added 1/4 of the Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice blend instead of the black pepper; and finally, I rolled the cookies in cinnamon sugar before baking them. Super yummy and unique. 10/10 recommend
Sunday 27th of June 2021
So glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe and thanks for sharing your tweaks! -Jamie
Indra Ramkissoon Joseph
Friday 25th of June 2021
Great receipes will be trying
Sunday 27th of June 2021
Thanks so much for stopping by! -Jamie
Wednesday 16th of October 2019
I love your page. I’ve tried recipe after recipe and all so good. Thank you!
Tuesday 22nd of October 2019
Thanks so much for stopping by, Gayle! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie
Wednesday 28th of March 2018
I put a teaspoon of loose black tea in the paper tea bags I get at the health food store then add about 1/2 teaspoon of this chai spice to it, steep for a few minutes and add milk for my chai. Works great. If I have ready made tea bags, I just cut the top off, add some spice, then close it up and do the same. This mix is also a good addition to vanilla cup cake mix, a couple of teaspoons or so gives you a nice chai flavor.
Thursday 29th of March 2018
Thanks so much for your input, Kim! I so glad you're digging the spice blend! -Jamie