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Spiced Cardamom Cookies

Recipe photo courtesy of Mike Krautter

When richly spiced cardamom cookies, scented with allspice and cloves, are pressed with wood-grain and scallop patterns and cut into the shapes of trees and reindeer, they create a charming woodland fantasy in each box.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2008



Cook's Notes

We used an assortment of holiday cutters for these crunchy cookies, which are a cross between a gingerbread cookie and an animal cracker. The dough should be made the day before you plan to bake the cookies. Cookies will keep, covered, for up to 2 weeks.

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How would you rate this recipe?
  • mstyblu379
    11 OCT, 2018
    I love cardamom and can't wait to try these.
  • WhistlerTweet
    6 SEP, 2010
    Love, love LOVE these! Easy and forgiving dough to shape, interesting and playful to make, keep well, ship well, GREAT taste and smell, batch makes a large amount. The PERFECT Christmas cookie. I ship 160 dozen cookies to family and friends each year, and these are a great addition to the selection of cookies sent.
  • CrystalAnnD
    12 DEC, 2009
    I made these last year, and they were wonderful! I plan on making them again for 2009. They take a bit of effort, but the beauty and taste are worth it!
  • LynneSG
    10 MAR, 2009
    These are incredible. I make them very thin and crisp. I've served them to guests, who all agreed they are addictive.
  • LynneSG
    10 MAR, 2009
    These are incredible. I make them very thin and crisp. I've served them to guests, who all agreed they are addictive.
  • tetamalu
    20 DEC, 2008
    The method of combining this recipe is interesting and fun. The dough works nicely once it is well chilled. Flavor is intriguing. I am thinking of using honey to replace the sugars and corn syrup. I over cooked mine but they were fine.
  • BakingMom
    16 DEC, 2008
    I'm Swedish, so LOVE cardamom! These cookies are wonderful. I have a cookie cutter that looks like a wind-blown cedar tree. I used it for these, brushed them with a thin glaze, and sprinkled them with pearl sugar for 'snow.' Classy looking. Thanks for a terrific recipe.
  • MS12183782
    16 DEC, 2008
    I ordered the rubbery mats for the designs from the Chinese Clay Art site. I got everything Martha used. I ordered one day and received it the very next day! Excellent company to order from..check it has a bunch of fun things!
  • gbaloo
    15 DEC, 2008
    I used organic rice syrup in place of the dark corn syrup and they turned out delicious. They are about the same color as the photo above.
  • cherryj
    10 DEC, 2008
    thanks sooo much for the help. i do hope to get around to making them when i get the tree up and decorations sorted! once again thanks, merry christmas

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