Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cardamom Orange Cookies

The past few years, I've taken to sending some homemade goodies to friends whom I don't get to see all that often.  This cookie was a surprising mention from a couple of people, so I knew I'd be remiss not to post the recipe for you!  These are perfect with a cup of chai tea :)

Cardamom Orange Cookies
adapted from Gourmet
yeild:  5-6 dozen

These cookies can be done in stages, the dough can be refrigerated for up to 5 days before baking, or even frozen for up to 1 month (just thaw in the refrigerator before baking).

3c white whole wheat flour
1t baking powder
3/4t kosher salt
3t ground cardamom
1/2t ground cinnamon
1/4t ground ginger
zest of 1/2-1 orange
2 sticks of unsalted butter, RT
1c evaporated cane juice (or granulated sugar)
2 lg eggs
1t vanilla extract
sprinkles, if desired

In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour through zest).

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, preferably in a stand mixer.  Add eggs and vanilla, then beat until well combined.  Reduce speed to low and add in flour mixture until just combined.

Divide dough in half and place on separate sheets of plastic wrap.  Using a spatula and the plastic, form into logs (squares or rectangles, whatever is easiest!).  Place on a baking sheet or large plate and refrigerate for an hour or overnight.

Make sure your oven racks are in the upper and lower thirds of the oven so you can bake two sheets of cookies at a time, then preheat the oven to 350deg.

Add sprinkles to a shallow bowl, a little at a time.  Using a serrated knife, cut ~1/4" slices from one log and roll the edges in the sprinkles.  Place, 1" apart on 2 large, ungreased baking sheets.  Wrap the remaining log and place back in the refrigerator.  Bake cookies 10-12min, switching the position in the oven halfway through, until edges are golden and the cookies are set.  Cool on the baking sheets for ~3min, then transfer to cooling racks.  Repeat with the remaining dough.

Store in an airtight container.

What was your favorite holiday treat this year?


Erica said...

Such a pretty cookie! A total change up from the expected. My favorite treat this year? Probably chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips (and I'm not even a white chocolate fan!)

Elizabeth said...

I'm iffy on cardamom, but if it's subtle, and in a cookie, I usually like it. Love the sprinkles on the edge.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

You are such a thoughtful friend! I'm sure your friends love receiving this home-baked packages!

Molly said...

Love cardamom, love orange zest: never have had the pleasure of combining those two together. This sounds really delicious.

Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew said...

Wow, I'd love tot ry these. I rarely cook with cardamom, I think the orange would really complement the flavor of the spice. Great cookie! Happy New Year!

And my favorite treat this year was the Almond Wreath Cookies I made before Christmas, they both looked and tasted amazing!

vanillasugarblog said...

what a good friend you are indeed.
i bet these are fabulous with hot tea.

Daisy said...

what a thoughtful friend you are!!

PS Sorry to hear Antico Forno wasn't amazing! I'm in love with their pizza but I can't speak much for the rest of the menu!!

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

what a lovely flavour combination!

Joanne said...

Cardamom is a favorite, yet underused dessert flavor of mine! I know I'd adore these.

Reeni said...

The flavor combo sounds scrumptious! My faves were peanut butter blossoms, of all things.

brandi said...

i love cardamom! these sound great, Shannon!

Chef Fresco said...

These cookies are so cute. A creative twist from the traditional Christmas cookie. =)

Rosiecat said...

Oh my gosh, how cute are these! I would love to be on your Christmas cookie mailing list--your friends are lucky ducks.

Kerstin said...

Mmm, I love orange and cardamom together! I bet these would be great with a thin layer of dark chocolate on top too :)

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