If you’re tired of pumpkin and looking for some new dessert ideas for holiday baking, might we suggest trying some spiced chai-flavored recipes as an alternative? Chai has a similar taste as it contains a lot of the same spices as often used in pumpkin recipes, but without the earthy flavors from squash in the background (and without the bright orange color.) The word “chai” actually means tea in Hindi, so true chai recipes should contain black tea along with spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. Here are some recipes we’ll be serving for dessert at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Taylor Swift’s Spiced Chai Sugar Cookies
TaySwift’s Spice Chai Sugar Cookies may be one of the most popular recipes on the internet, made famous through an Instagram post she shared in 2021 highlighting the things she loves most about fall. This version by Veggiekins is vegan and gluten-free, making it a great option for anyone with dietary restrictions.
Vegan Chai Spice Cake
Another vegan option that can be easily thrown together for any upcoming family gatherings, this cake by Crumb Top Baking is full of flavor from a homemade blend of spices that pair perfectly with the orange cardamom frosting.
Chai Maple Swirl No-Churn Ice Cream
Just because winter is coming, doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy frozen desserts. This indulgent ice cream is made with a base of heavy cream and condensed milk. It calls for tea bags, meaning you can prepare it with whichever brand you prefer and use decaf if necessary.