Dirty Chai Bites

Dirty Chai BitesI’m a Starbucksaholic.

Yes, that is a thing. And no, I didn’t just make that up. I personally know quite a few members, my mom included.

What exactly is a Starbucksaholic? Well, let me tell you. We are Starbucks lovers. And by lovers, I mean we go to Starbucks everyday, sometimes even two times a day, but never more than four times a day (we do have standards, after all). Baristas seem to know our names, life stories, and our orders.  We our gold card members (I’m almost at that level!), have the Starbucks app on our phones, and can spot a Starbucks two miles away (our coffee senses start to tingle). We also solve most of our problems (bad moods, headaches, breakups, ect.) by ordering a venti of our favorite drink and sitting with a fellow Starbucksaholic outside the store.

If you’re a coffee lover, I’m sure you understand, and I recognize that you may in fact be a Peetsaholic or if you’re from back East, a Dunkindonutsaholic, but either way we’re in the same boat, the ‘we-love-coffee-and-we-know-it’ boat. If you don’t love coffee, that’s okay, you can still come on our boat, judge free. I promise. We’ll serve you tea or hot chocolate.

Starbucksaholic also tend to have favorite drinks. Mine, in particular, is a Dirty Chai with soymilk.

Dirty Chai Bites

If you haven’t tried a Dirty Chai with soy, I suggest you jump in the car and drive to the closest Starbucks immediately. This drink will blow your mind. It is the perfect combination of chai spices, subtle coffee flavoring (in case you didn’t know, dirty means one shot of espresso), and vanilla from the soymilk. Whether it’s hot, iced, or blended (yes, they do Dirty Chai Frapps) you can’t go wrong. I also like to add a bit of cinnamon to the top of my drink, which seems to add the perfect final hint of spice to the drink. Even non-coffee lovers seem to like this.  And that’s saying a lot.

Anyways, I figured I should be able to drink my Dirty Chai and eat it too.
Dirty Chai Bites

Hello, beautiful Dirty Chai Bites.

Coffee and non-coffee lovers alike can unite over this dessert. These bites, in two words, are deliciously addicting. The bite itself has a soft and moist donut base that is infused with both subtle chai spice and a hint of coffee. The outside of the bite is dunked into a coffee glaze, which balances the sweetness from the sugar and the strong flavor of coffee perfectly. The top of the Dirty Chai Bite is sprinkled with cinnamon, and just as it does with the drink, it adds the perfect hint of spice.

Fair warning, once you start eating these bites, you won’t be able to stop, especially since they’re mini and you convince yourself one, or maybe four more, won’t hurt.

Dirty Chai Bites
Recipe adapted from Country Cleaver
Yields: 48 Dirty Chai Bites

Ingredients:
Dirty Chai Bites
½ cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup strong coffee, freshly brewed and cooled
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 oz. (3 tablespoons) powdered chai (I used the Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Latte Mix)
½ cup milk

Glaze & Topping
4 tablespoons strong coffee, freshly brewed and cooled
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
Dirty Chai Bites
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, beat together the sugar and butter, until light and fluffy.
Add the egg and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and powdered chai.
Add the coffee to the wet ingredients. Pour in some of the flour mixture, until the coffee is incorporated.
Alternate between adding the rest of the flour mixture and milk, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Mix until well combined.
Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture into each muffin well.
Bake for 10 minutes, or until light golden brown.

Glaze & Topping
While the dirty chai bites are baking, make the coffee glaze.
In a small bowl, whisk powdered sugar and coffee until mixture is runny and sugar is dissolved.
Let bites cool slightly before dunking the tops of the bites into glaze. Turn right side up and sprinkle with cinnamon to set. [Note: since the bites have a muffin top, some of the glaze will run off as they set, but you’ll have enough glaze to do a second dunking if you want more glaze on the bite].

 

Dirty Chai Bites

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