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Cardamom Cookies


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter, 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, cardamom and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in extract. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in walnuts.
  • 2. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until edges are golden, 15-17 minutes.
  • 3. While warm, roll cookies in remaining confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire racks.

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Average Rating: 4.777777
  • M
    Dec 31, 2019
    These were very good. I added half a teaspoon more of cardamom and 1/2 less of powdered sugar for the batter so that it wasn't too sweet with all the powdered sugar coating on top later on. They melt in your mouth
  • Laurie
    Mar 2, 2018

    These cookies are delightful! Tender, buttery and delicately flavored with the cardamom. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Will be adding to next years Christmas cookies list!

  • Bakeandrun
    Dec 31, 1969


  • princesschikee
    Nov 21, 2010

    I made these for my cookie exchange the other day. They were easy to make. I did make sure to scrape the bowl several times to make sure all the batter was mixed. Once I was done making the batter, I refrigerated it for about 15 minutes to harden so it would be easier to roll in balls. After they baked, I would put them in a bowl of powdered sugar and then sprinkle them with a powdered sugar shaker. Mine didn't flatten. Everybody liked them.

  • michele31
    May 6, 2010

    This recipe was my first time trying cardamom, and I LOVED how these cookies tasted. They came out flat instead of round like the picture, but otherwise were perfect. I love the buttery nutty flavor, and so did everyone else, because they were gone within a day! Definitely one of my favorite holiday recipes.

  • muffbear74
    Dec 17, 2009

    I, too, likIe cardamom. I followed the recipe and thought the cookies tasted good, but were not quite as pretty as the picture. Mine flattened a little and I had some trouble getting the sugar to stick to the outside. Still, I would make them again.

  • o.blonde1
    Dec 5, 2009

    I have a new favorite holiday cookie - YUMMY!! Please note: I am a huge cardamom fan.

    I used toasted hazelnuts rather than walnuts, but almonds would work well, too (as I am not a walnut person).

    Did end up with about 4 cookies worth of dough at the bottom of the pan that was too dry to roll, but still ended up with about 40 cookies.

    These little delights were buttery, rich and super flavorful - perfect with tea.

  • catsandkids
    Nov 21, 2009

    I've made these, and discovered that I don't care for cardamom. However, some of my family members loved these cookies. It's a nice dough, but I would just caution any who aren't familiar with cardamom to make a small batch to try first. I think it's just one of those things that are an acquired taste. I'm giving you 4 stars though because it's a very nice dough and while I didn't care for it, some of my family really did.

  • spikers
    Nov 17, 2009

    So easy t make and look great mixed with different colored cookies in a plate.

  • sabakhan
    Dec 31, 1969

    I tried these cookies but the mixture was so dry that I can't form balls of it.I was really perplexed what to do so I added an egg and enough milk to make a dough then I was able to make balls but after I baked them they transformed into flat biscuits.They were not at all easy to make as I followed the recipe,please tell me if the recipe sender has forgotten something like eggs etc. coz the cookies in picture are in round form and my cookies were in flat form so please help!!!saba khan.

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