An Obsession with All Things Handmade and Home-Cooked

Sparkling in the Sun


The way that a handful of plain old sugar can catch the light and glitter like diamonds is just remarkable. Such tiny crystals seem incapable of such beauty, and yet somehow they can shimmer and shine right alongside the finest jewels when the sun hits those sweet granules.

All that glitters,” the latest theme for Sugar High Friday, is a particularly creative idea, forcing participants to really open their eyes and seek out those lovely highlights that might otherwise be overlooked.

The sparkled ginger cookies from VwaV immediately came to mind after reading the title, but of course I put my own little spin on them. Switching them to sparkled chai cookies, I simply substituted agave for the molasses, added in some cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, and a pinch of black pepper, and these cookies possessing some sweet heat were born.

Easily catching my eye from across the room, there’s no way a pile of these gems will go unnoticed, or uneaten, for long.

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

33 thoughts on “Sparkling in the Sun

  1. They look like they would go perfectly with a cup of tea.

  2. Chai would be a wonderful taste for a cookie! ^^

  3. Sparkled CHAI cookies???? Hannah, those sound so exceptional, it’s amazing. Yum!

  4. These should be called sparkling star cookies. They are beautiful!

  5. CHAI COOKIES!?!?! Send some my way girl! They sound delectable.

  6. They’re beautiful! I love the little sparkles in the top photo–like tiny diamonds sprinkled over top. :)

  7. Those are gorgeous! And I love that they are Sparkley Chai!!! :-)

  8. Sparkled chai cookies?! I’m a sucker for anything glittery and chai is such a great spice combo. Love it!

  9. I’m such a cookie monster! An inspired idea, indeed!

  10. They are beautiful cookies! So thin! They must have a nice crunch and lovely spicy flavour!!!

  11. I would have never thought to make them chai flavored. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Those have been one of my favorite cookies and you’ve made them even better!

  13. Hi there,

    LOVE your blog.
    May I ask you what camera you use for the pictures?

  14. Love your take on the sparkle theme, love how big and flat your ginger cookies turned out.

  15. Glittering perfection! I love the texture and size too–unique and extremely alluring!

  16. I love the flavor of chai! Your cookies sparkle!

  17. Mmm, Chai cookies sound super tasty.

  18. wow, chai cookies sound GOOD!

  19. those look delish Hannah.. so yummy…

  20. they’re so thin! I have a problem of loving and making fat (boarder-line OBESE) cookies… they’re my favorite… haha


  21. Yum! What a great variation on a yummy cookie! Love that you used agave!

  22. Mmmmm…I bet that pepper just rounds out this cookie so nicely. The pepperiness is my favorite thing about chai.

  23. They look delicious! I love chai :)

  24. what beautiful cookies. and chai flavored? neato!

  25. Looks so elegant… I’m still thinking of what to do for shf!

  26. I made mine with half oil and half applesauce–I forgot to squish them and they came out as adorable (and delicious) round puffs, chewy on the outside, light and fluffy in the center.

    I just started reading the blog about a month ago–I *always* enjoy the photos and have already made several of your fantastic recipes. The cookie monsters at my house aren’t all crochet…

  27. wow i ve never had pumpkin ice cream . i wonder what it taste like. :)

  28. I think this is my new favorite cookie… I went too scant on the cardamom and pepper on the first batch, added 3/4 tsp cardamom and a whole 1/2 tsp of pepper (both spices fresh-ground) on the second try, and they came out nice and spicy. Definitely inspired to try out black pepper in other baked goods!

  29. Lovely. These cookies not only sparkle but look so crispy that they would shatter into a million stars in your mouth. Thank you for sharing them for SHF.

  30. OMG these look so good, can I pleaseeee have the recipe?

  31. I love Chai tea so I’ll definitely have to try these! I made chocolate truffles last year and flavored them with Chai tea and they were so delicious. The tea gave them a slight, almost liqueur taste.

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