Natural Sweetener Soft Chai Spiced Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

overhead of chai spiced cookies with cream cheese frosting

Natural Sweetener Soft Chai Spiced Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

This post has been sponsored by Truvia®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Every year, I bake up a storm for the holidays. And every year my dad asks, “okay what did you make that’s sugar-free for me?” He’s diabetic and almost always feels left out when it comes to holiday treats. I have one recipe that I usually make just specifically for him. Which he keeps in his own cookie jar. So this year, I partnered up with Vons and Truvia® to use the Truvia® Sweet Complete™ All-Purpose Sweetener and Truvia® Confectioners Sweetener for a special cookie!

Truvia sweet complete, chai cookies, and ingredients

Both Truvia® Sweet Complete™ and Truvia® Confectioners Sweetener are sweetened with stevia with zero calories per serving and used like sugar. I do have some tips and tricks below on how to use them best when baking. And I have a coupon for you as well so you can try these products out for yourself!

I love being able to shop at Vons to find these products, but I especially love using the Vons app. I’m able to track rewards, create a shopping list, get coupons, and most importantly to myself as someone high-risk, I’m able to schedule a delivery or pick-up of my groceries. It’s simple and easy through the Vons Delivery and Pick Up app. You can find this product and all other products you need for this cookie at Vons on the mobile app or in the baking aisle in their stores.  

In this cookie you’ll find I’ve used the Truvia® Sweet Complete™, which is the cup-for-cup all-purpose sweetener. You can use it for any sugar replacement needs. The cookie base for this recipe is fairly simple and perfectly spiced. I used my own custom blend of spices for the chai flavoring. And I added a bit of molasses for that brown sugar taste and texture.

The cream cheese frosting makes it so special. Again, cream cheese frosting is usually very high is sugar, but this version is something my dad can enjoy without concern.

close up of chai cookies on Santa plate

Tips on Ingredients for Natural Sweetener Chai Spiced Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting:

I like to review any ingredients that I have notes for and explain how to use them best. Or if there is anything specific to not about it.  Not all ingredients will have notes.

  • Unsalted butter: Yes, it is always wise to use unsalted butter in a baking recipe as you can therefore monitor. And then add as much salt as needed. For this recipe, if you used salted butter there would be much more than ¼ tsp in the 1 cup of butter. So, your cookies would come out very salty.
  • Truvia® Sweet Complete™ All-Purpose Sweetener: You will use this just as you would sugar.
  • Truvia® Confectioners Sweetener: You are swapping this in for powdered sugar.

Best Tips and Knowledge for these Truvia Baked Treats:

  • Room Temperature Butter: So many of my recipes (and others) call for room temperature butter. This is due to a few things. 1) An emulsion is formed when all the wet ingredients are room temperature and mixing. You are whipping in air into the batter. Which will later help in baking when you get that light and fluffy texture. 2) Room temp butter is also able to blend smoother and create a cohesive batter. If you don’t have it room temp it can become very dense.
  • How to get butter room temperature: I usually leave mine on a plate on the counter for a couple hours. Or maybe on the oven if it’s being used for something else. If you are in a hurry you can zap in the microwave in very short increments. Just don’t melt it.
  • Room Temperature Eggs: A lot of baking recipes (mine included) ask for room temperature eggs. This is because a room temp egg is easier to break down than a cold egg. So therefore, it mixes into the batter better. ALSO, room temp eggs get a better volume making for a fluffier baked good. How to get eggs room temperature: I would suggest leaving them on the counter for 1-2 hours to get room temp. However, if you forget or run out of time, another option is to place the eggs into a bowl of warm water (not hot) for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Room Temperature Cream Cheese: This must be done for most baking and frosting recipes. It’s important for these so that they are smooth and creamy. If your cream cheese is too cold, it will turn into a lumpy, not so pretty frosting. How to get cream cheese to room temperature: You can leave out for 1-2 hours (2 is the maximum for cream cheese). And place in a slightly warmer spot near the stove or window. Or you can remove from packaging, place in a bowl, and microwave in very short increments. Just don’t melt it.
Vons app, Truvia, and ingredients
close up of chai cookies
chai spiced cookies with frosting
overhead of chai spiced cookies with cream cheese frosting

Natural Sweetener Soft Chai Spiced Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Share Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Chill time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 56 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Amanda Wilens

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer

Ingredients

Cookie Ingredients
    Wet Ingredients
    • ½ cup Truvia® Sweet Complete™ All-Purpose Sweetener
    • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
    • 2 eggs large and room temperature
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 Tbsp Molasses
    Dry Ingredients
    • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp ground ginger
    • 1 tsp ground cardamom
    • ½ tsp ground allspice
    • ½ tsp ground cloves
    • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
    • ¼ tsp salt
    Cream Cheese Frosting
    • ¾ cup Truvia® Confectioners Sweetener sifted
    • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
    • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

    Instructions

    Cookie Instructions

    • In a large mixing bowl, use your stand mixer with the paddle attachment beat butter and Truvia® Sweet Complete™ into the bowl on medium speed. Cream until thoroughly combined and fluffy. About 3 minutes.
    • Add eggs, one at a time, each mixing in thoroughly. Then add in vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
    • In a second medium-large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, spices, and salt.
    • Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with the mixer turned onto lower speed (to prevent the dry mixture from spilling out).
    • Cover and chill dough in the fridge for 20 minutes (makes it easier to roll).
    • Preheat the oven to 350° F and prepare 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
    • While oven is heating, scoop balls using 2 Tbsp sized cookie scoop (or use a spoon to estimate). Roll between your hands and smoosh them between your palms to create a small disc/cookie shape. These cookies will hold the shape you give them.
    • Place cookie dough balls onto baking sheets a few inches apart.
    • Bake for 9-11 minutes.
    • Remove from the oven. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack.

    Frosting Instructions

    • Using your mixer and the paddle attachment (or you can use a handheld whisk or whisk by hand, may take longer though), whip the butter and cream cheese for 8 minutes on medium/low speed. The butter will become very creamy!
    • Mix in the vanilla extract letting it stir for about 1 minute. Slowly add in sifted Truvia® Confectioners Sweetener until mixed.

    Assemble

    • Using a butter knife or offset spatula, frost the top of each cookie. And if you wish, sprinkle it with a little cinnamon on top. Serve and enjoy.

    Notes

    Room Temperature Butter: So many of my recipes (and others) call for room temperature butter. This is due to a few things. 1) An emulsion is formed when all the wet ingredients are room temperature and mixing. You are whipping in air into the batter, which will later help in baking when you get that light and fluffy texture. 2) Room temp butter is also able to blend smoother and create a cohesive batter. If you don’t have it room temp it can become very dense. How to get butter room temperature: I usually leave mine on a plate on the counter for a couple hours or maybe on the oven if it’s being used for something else. If you are in a hurry you can zap in the microwave in very short increments so you don’t melt it.
    Room Temperature Eggs: A lot of baking recipes (mine included) ask for room temperature eggs. This is because a room temp egg is easier to break down than a cold egg. So therefore, it mixes into the batter better. ALSO, room temp eggs get a better volume making for a fluffier baked good. How to get eggs room temperature: I would suggest leaving them on the counter for 1-2 hours to get room temp. However, if you forget or run out of time, another option is to place the eggs into a bowl of warm water (not hot) for about 10-15 minutes.
    Room Temperature Cream Cheese: This must be done for most baking and frosting recipes. It’s important for these so that they are smooth and creamy. If your cream cheese is too cold, it will turn into a lumpy, not so pretty frosting. How to get cream cheese to room temperature: You can leave out for 1-2 hours (2 is the maximum for cream cheese) and place in a slightly warmer spot near the stove or window. Or you can remove from packaging, place in a bowl, and microwave in very short increments so you don’t melt it.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 438IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
    Tried this recipe?Mention @amanda.wilens or tag #amandawilensmakes