Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cardamom Cookies

As I was thinking about a recipe to post tonight, I realized that I had not posted many recipes of the Christmas cookies this year.  For the past three years, I have had cardamom cookies on the list but they did not make the final cut.  So, this was the year that it would finally happen.

Cardamom spice is a highly aromatic spice which is most commonly used in Eastern, Arab, and some Scandinavian cuisines. Its unique slightly sweet and savory flavor allows it to be combined with both sweet and savory dishes. Cardamom seed's ability to enhance so many types of food is why it is combined with a wide range of other ingredients. From sea food to sauces, to meats, poultry, vegetables, and even desserts, pastries, and other baked goods.

These cookies slightly resemble Snickerdoodles in flavor.  They are a soft and tender cookie and definitely on my repeat list.  I hope you enjoy!

Cardamom Cookies
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 cup ground almonds
6 tablespoon butter
1 egg
2 teaspoons milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar; for decorating

1. Sift together flour, sugar, and spices; stir in peel and almonds. Cut in margarine till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in egg and milk till mixture forms a ball; chill.

2.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

3.  Roll out to about 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into circles 1-3/4 inches in diameter. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes until edges are brown.

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