Sari King started her business, Crazy Woman Cookies, when life was, well, pretty crazy. Since, she has joined forces with her daughter, Jessie, to form Green Plate Catering, based in Petoskey. You can still order up her cookies at 231.675.0720 or on Facebook at Green Plate Catering. Or, try whipping up this crazy good holiday cookie recipe on your own just in time for the Northern Michigan holidays. You can find more of her recipes here in MyNorth’s recipe directory.

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Holiday Cookie Recipe: Chai Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting



  • 8 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chai tea, finely ground
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Demerara sugar (unrefined sugar), for sprinkling
  • Cardamom powder, for sprinkling


In a large mixing bowl beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, chai tea, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Beat until light and fluffy, beating in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill about an hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll half the dough until ¼ inch thick. Use any cookie cutter shape you like, placing pieces 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm and light brown. Transfer to wire rack and let cool. Frost cookies with cream cheese frosting. Immediately sprinkle with Demerara sugar and ground cardamom powder.

Cream Cheese Frosting: Whip the cream cheese and butter on high with an electric beater. Add confectioners’ sugar and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, making sure the frosting has a completely creamy texture.

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