Orange Cardamom Cookies

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  • Make Orange Cardamom Cookies the new star of your cookie tray! Every year I strive to find my new *favorite* Christmas cookie and this year I decided to use a spice that is all too often overlooked: cardamom.

    overhead of tied orange cardamom cookies with fresh oranges

    What is Cardamom?

    If you have never had cardamom, you are missing out. It is made from the pods of seeds that come from the plants that belong to the ginger family. It has a light peppery flavor with hints of lemon and mint which means it pairs well with citrus of all kinds.

    It’s flavor lends itself extremely well to both savory and sweet dishes such as curries and garam masala spice mixes as well as chai spice mixes and other desserts.

    Two Types of Cardamom

    There are two types of cardamom that grow in different regions of the world: green and black. Both are sold as whole pods (which contain the seeds), seeds, as well as ground.

    ground black cardamom jar and on a plate

    For baking purposes and especially for cookies, ground is typically the best thing to buy.

    There is actually a third, white cardamom, but it is just green that has been bleached.

    Orange Cookies

    I decided to use orange as it is abundant this time of year and blended with cardamom it is the perfect mix of sweet, spice, and everything nice. What more do you need from a slice and bake cookie?

    Slice and bake Orange Cardamom Cookies are a fabulous idea for a cookie exchange idea or to keep in the freezer for unexpected visitors. Bright and just the right amount of sweet, they are the perfect thing to pair with a cup of tea or coffee.

    angle view of stack of orange cookies

    Slice N Bake

    We all love baking around the holiday season, but sometimes you are short on time which is where this variety of cookie excels. It is one of my absolute go-to’s for the simple fact that you can make it days ahead of time.

    cookies with a bite taken out of it and fresh oranges

    You can make the dough and wrap it up and leave it in the fridge or even pop it into the freezer. When guests are on their way, all you have to do, as the name suggests, is slice and bake. Voila, warm cookies with minimal effort.

    Super simple, it is one of my hostess with the mostess tricks of the trade. Not only that, but the scent of these cookies will fill your kitchen with the most beautiful and warm smell. What a way to greet your guests during the holidays!

    baked cookie on a cookie sheet with red twine

    How to Make

    ONE. Sift together the dry ingredients. Sifting seems like an unnecessary step, but don’t skip it. It will cut down on the amount of time you need to mix your dough and also evenly distribute the leaveners.

    TWO. Beat butter well and then cream together butter and sugar until fluffy and light in color. Add egg through cardamom and mix well. Get them all good and mixed before you add the flour so you don’t have to overmix and create more gluten and add air, which leads to dry, frail cookies instead of soft ones.

    THREE. Add flour mixture until just combined.

    FOUR. Form cookie dough into a log about 12-14 inches long and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Dough will be very soft. My best advice is to pour it onto the plastic wrap along an edge and then wrap it up, forming the log as you go. It might have a lot of bumps and this is ok, as it starts to harden, you can roll it on the counter or another hard surface to make a perfect circle.

    roll of uncooked cookie dough on a wood cutting board

    Place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours but up to 5 days. If freezing, double wrap with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil.

    FIVE. When ready to bake (thaw if frozen), preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut cookie dough into 1/4 inch disks and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Cookies will spread, so make sure they have some room.

    sliced cookie dough on a cutting board

    SIX. Bake for 9-12 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned and puffy. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Oven temperatures and cooking times vary greatly.

    Please start to watch them at the 9 minute mark so they don’t over cook. Centers will still look a little tacky, but edges will be light brown.

    overhead of cooked cookie on a baking sheet

    Storage & Freezing

    Baked cookies need to be stored at room temperature in an airtight container. They will be best enjoyed within a week.

    Cookies can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

    close up of a stack of cookies

    Tools:

    • Stand Mixer- While this is an investment, I can guarantee you will use it more than you realize and will never regret the decision.
    • Zester and Juicer– Another kitchen necessity! Whether it be a savory or sweet recipe, every house needs a way to zest and juice citrus. Also great for making cocktails!
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    More delicious dessert ideas!

    Ice Cream Sandwiches
    pile of ice cream sandwiches
    Ice Cream Sandwiches are a frozen delight everyone in the family will love. Make them for your next cookout or have them on standby in the freezer for when you want a delicious dessert.
    Canadian Butter Tarts
    halved butter tart
    A Canadian treat that everyone should try, these EASY Canadian Butter Tarts consist of a flaky crust filled with a buttery, caramel-like, gooey center!
    Small Batch Vanilla Cupcakes
    small batch white cupcakes
    Small Batch Vanilla Cupcakes are unbelievably easy to make and the perfect portion for when you want a sweet treat but don’t need the full dozen. 
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    Orange Cardamom Cookies

    Orange Cardamom Cookies  provide a festive flavor for holiday slice and bake cookies. Make ahead and even freeze until you are ready to bake!
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time14 mins
    Total Time24 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: cardamom cookies, Christmas cookies, orange cookies
    Servings: 20
    Calories: 79kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Sift together flour through salt. Set aside.
    • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy and light in color. Add egg through cardamom and mix well.
    • Slowly, add flour mixture until fully combined.
    • Form cookie dough into a log about 12-14 inches long and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Dough will be very soft. My best advice is to pour it onto the plastic wrap along an edge and then wrap it up, forming the log as you go. It might have a lot of bumps and this is ok, as it starts to harden, you can roll it on the counter or another hard surface to make a perfect circle.
      cookie dough formed into a log
    • Place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours but up to 5 days. If freezing, double wrap with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil.
    • When ready to bake (thaw if frozen), preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut cookie dough into 1/4 inch disks and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Cookies will spread, so make sure they have some room.
      slicing cookie dough into discs
    • Bake for 9-12 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned and puffy. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Cooking times vary based on your oven, so watch them closely and remove when centers are tracky and shiny.
    • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 7mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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