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Shortbread Snowflakes

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Cardamom gives these cookies a citrusy fragrance and flavor.

  • Servings: 36
  • Yield: Makes about 3 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2006

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Directions

  1. Whisk flour, salt, and cardamom in a medium bowl. Put butter and granulated sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in vanilla. Reduce speed to low, and gradually mix in flour mixture.

  2. Press the dough into a 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheet. Press parchment paper onto surface, and smooth top. Remove parchment; wrap sheet in plastic. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using snowflake-shape cutters, cut out cookies, and arrange by size on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate 15 minutes. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake until golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

Cook's Notes

Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 1 week.

Reviews Add a comment

  • Madhi
    16 MAR, 2010
    My cookies didn't turn out burned like the ones in the picture even though i kept them in the oven for a little more than 20 mins..infact they looked perfect. I used orange zest instead of cardamom..but for some reason I didn't like the taste..it had too much of a floury after taste and was slightly bitter. I will add more sugar next time IF i do make it again.
    Reply
  • Madhi
    16 MAR, 2010
    My cookies didn't turn out burned like the ones in the picture even though i kept them in the oven for a little more than 20 mins..infact they looked perfect. I used orange zest instead of cardamom..but for some reason I didn't like the taste..it had too much of a floury after taste and was slightly bitter. I will add more sugar next time IF i do make it again.
    Reply
  • Madhi
    16 MAR, 2010
    My cookies didn't turn out burned like the ones in the picture even though i kept them in the oven for a little more than 20 mins..infact they looked perfect. I used orange zest instead of cardamom..but for some reason I didn't like the taste..it had too much of a floury after taste and was slightly bitter. I will add more sugar next time IF i do make it again.
    Reply
  • Madhi
    16 MAR, 2010
    My cookies didn't turn out burned like the ones in the picture even though i kept them in the oven for a little more than 20 mins..infact they looked perfect. I used orange zest instead of cardamom..but for some reason I didn't like the taste..it had too much of a floury after taste and was slightly bitter. I will add more sugar next time IF i do make it again.
    Reply
  • Madhi
    16 MAR, 2010
    My cookies didn't turn out burned like the ones in the picture even though i kept them in the oven for a little more than 20 mins..infact they looked perfect. I used orange zest instead of cardamom..but for some reason I didn't like the taste..it had too much of a floury after taste and was slightly bitter. I will add more sugar next time IF i do make it again.
    Reply
  • smd1227
    2 FEB, 2009
    Definitely use parchment paper to lift the cookies immeditely off the pan onto a rack to cool or they will get very dark on the bottom (like the picture). I used this technique and the cookes were perfect. Not sure about you, but I was a little horrified to see these burned cookies. They're definitely not Martha "PERFECT."
    Reply
  • 77chocolateangel
    4 JAN, 2009
    Ginger would be nice or you can use cinnamon.
    Reply
  • 77chocolateangel
    4 JAN, 2009
    Ginger would be nice or you can use cinnamon.
    Reply
  • 77chocolateangel
    4 JAN, 2009
    Ginger would be nice or you can use cinnamon.
    Reply
  • 77chocolateangel
    4 JAN, 2009
    Ginger would be nice or you can use cinnamon.
    Reply