Cardamom Orange Cookies

The other day I heard these words from my very imaginative daughter's mouth, "Put in some nutmeg, then cinnamon & CarDAmom in the crisp!" She was playing with her kitchen stuff, while replaying the time we made the P.A.C. Crisp together. It was a proud moment as a mama & lover of all things almost three year old remembering the key ingredients to make a crisp "pop."

Not only does she remember these sorts of things, but her delight in food is music to the ears. After baking the Cardamom Orange Cookies with her help, she eagerly awaited their arrival out of the oven (don't you love how kids are really saying & doing what we as adults restrain). Once it was cool enough to handle, I put some of the citrus glaze on top and asked, "Is there any little girls who would like a Cardamom cookie?" She ran up & volunteered herself for the feat. Upon the cookie entering her mouth (as she is with most food she enjoys), the sounds of satisfaction like, "MMM...OH MY...(another)MMM, this is DElicious!" And so forth.

She has never been shy vocalizing her love for good food. When she nursed she let out big "MMM's" and her first tastes of solids are equated with Bob Wiley eating Faye's handschuked corn. I love this about her, which makes baking with her all the more enjoyable. I also love that she knows what cardamom is & how orange zest pairs well with it. So, in honor of cardamom and all things that go, "MMM," I hope you'll make these over the holidays to share (but don't feel too bad if you eat more than you give away).



Cardamom Orange Cookies (printable version)

This recipe is adapted from Epicurious. I chose to take out the roll & cut method and simply rolled them into a log & cut slices from them instead. YUMMY!


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated orange zest

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom (I used a mortar & pestle to grind the cardamom from the pod)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Citrus Glaze

  • juice of one orange

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • splash of orange oil essence (or extract)

  • 2 teaspoons orange zest

Make dough:
Whisk together flour, zest, cardamom, and salt.

Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, then beat in yolk and cream. At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches just until a dough forms. Put the dough on parchment paper.

Mound the dough together and roll into a log. Once you get a basic log shape, position the dough in the middle of the parchment. Then, take the parchment that's north of the dough and cover it over the dough. Take a bench scraper and push the edge of it at the base of the parchment covered dough, trying to make a concentric log. Roll the log so the parchment covers the whole thing and twist the edges. Refrigerate for 3 hours to overnight.

Cut and bake cookies:
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.

Remove firm dough. Unroll the parchment so the dough is still sitting on top of the paper. Place on a cutting board. Cut the dough into 1/8 inch. Transfer cookies to a parchment-lined large baking sheet, arranging them 1 inch apart.

Bake until edges are golden-brown, 12-15 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes, then slide cookies, still on parchment, onto a rack to cool completely.

Make Icing:

Combine powdered sugar, juice orange, orange zest & splash of orange oil (or orange extract). Glaze atop cookies.