Cardamom Swedish Rusks

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 55 min.


27 cookies

Updated: Jan. 09, 2024
Cardamom, which has a lemony ginger flavor, is a popular spice in Scandinavian foods. It gives a pleasantly pungent flavor to these crisp cookies. Similar to biscotti, they’re perfect dunkers for a cup of coffee. —Julianne Johnson, Grove City, Minnesota
Cardamom Swedish Rusks Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, cream and extract. Combine the remaining ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture (batter will be thick).
  2. Spoon into 3 greased 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove to a cutting board; cut each loaf into 9 slices with a serrated knife. Place cut sides down on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn slices; bake 10 minutes longer or until crisp and golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 147 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 127mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.