Homemade chai spice is so easy to make! Five kitchen spices are combined for a warmly spiced blend with just the right amount of bite. Perfect for cookies, quick breads, muffins, and more.
Lately I’ve fallen down the Youtube hole of watching tiny house tours. It started by searching for a particular one, which autoplayed into one or two more. Now the algorithm has me pegged as a tiny house enthusiast and sprinkles tiny house things all throughout my video suggestions.
Not that I’m proving it wrong! I have zero interest in living in a tiny house myself but can’t get enough of learning about them.
One of my favorite tiny house tour areas is seeing how they arrange their kitchen. Some are rudimentary while others are super advanced, but all make me vow to never complain about cabinet or counter space again. 🙂
I’ve seen some really innovative ways people store their spices and other dry goods, from magnetic canisters and other vertical storage solutions to rigging up under-counter storage areas. It seems like whatever the system, a tiny house affords no room for clutter or haphazard organization.
The current state of my own spice cabinet on the other hand…not so good. Containers in a wide range of sizes all seem to have a knack for turning so the labels are hidden, leading to a scramble come dinner time. And relying on color doesn’t work because the number of times I’ve almost mistaken cinnamon for cumin? More than two.
Even if mess comes with the territory, a fairly robust spice cabinet is a gold mine. Beyond single flavors, a little of this and a little of that can create unique blends like this homemade chai spice. No need to buy specific blends at the store when you can make them with what you’ve got.
While homemade chai spice recipes certainly can vary, this one calls for five spices you may very well have in your kitchen right now. Ground cinnamon is the most prevalent, followed by ground cardamom and ground ginger. Next is ground white pepper (!) and then ground cloves.
It might sound weird to include pepper in a baking recipe, but white pepper has a mellower, more earthy flavor as compared to black pepper. It’s a must in my recipes for pfeffernusse and gingerbread spritz cookies, and is a favorite in this homemade chai spice blend.
You can see this (scaled-down) homemade chai spice in action in these vanilla chai macaroons. Other uses for it would be to use it in place of the ground cinnamon called for in whatever you’re making – cookies, muffins, waffles, you name it.
Do play around with the ratio of spices to find your perfect balance. I kept the cloves on the low end as I find them to be pretty overpowering in larger quantities.
Homemade spice blends make a wonderful holiday gift. Fairly inexpensive, quick, and ultra useful. Several mixed up in small jars with a fun label and a bow? Now that’s something I’m hoping Santa would bring me. 😉 Check out some of my other homemade spice blends by clicking below:
How to Make Homemade Chai Spice
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 3/4 tsp ground white pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- Stir together all ingredients and store in an air-tight container.