These delicious Swedish Christmas Cardamom cookies are often part of our holiday cookie assortment. They can be rolled into a log and sliced or shaped into balls. The recipe is adapted from the Food Network.
Swedish Christmas Cardamom Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup vanilla confectioners sugar
1 large egg
zest of 1/2 large lemon or orange
2 teaspoons freshly ground cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
colored sugar sprinkles
In a mixing bowl beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. It should take 3-4 minutes. Add egg, lemon zest, cardamom and extracts. Mix well, scraping down the bowl to incorporate all ingredients. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Divide dough in half and form two logs. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill 2-3 hours until logs are firm. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap logs and coat with sprinkles then slice into 1/4 inch thick slices or just slice plain logs and top with sprinkles before baking. You should get about 32 slices per log. Place slices on baking sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes until set and slightly firm to the touch. Cool on rack. Makes 65 cookies.