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Cardamon cookies are simple to make, yet richly scented and they taste delicious.
Cardamon is one of the three most expensive spice in the world (along with saffron and vanilla) so when I bought an entire jar of ground cardamon to make my Creamy Lamb Stew I knew I need to find some more recipes to use it up! Cardamon cookies are popular in Scandinavian countries, and these cookies are a simple spiced cookie in that tradition. They are kind of like Snickerdoodles, but the are rolled in sugar mixed with cardamon instead of cinnamon.
The cardamon gives them a speckled look, and the aroma of the cookies as they bake is rich and powerful.
The dough for these cookies if very buttery, and likes to spread out. So it is important to make sure the dough is well chilled before you bake it, and to not put the cookies on warm cookie sheets. Using a warm cookie sheet results in cookies that looks like this:
The cookies still tasted good all smushed together, but they certainly weren’t very pretty!
- Beat the butter and sugar together until combined. Then add the eggs in one at a time and mix.
- Slowly pour in the flour, the cinnamon and the 1/2 t. of cardamon.
- Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
- When you are read to bake the cookies preheat the oven to 325.
- Combine the 1 t. cardamon with the 3 T. of sugar on a plate.
- Roll the dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter and roll in the cardamon/sugar mixture.
- Place on cookies sheets lined with parchment paper and bake for 12-15 minutes.