I made these biscuits today purely for my own satisfaction, that is not to say that I am not happy to share them or that no-else likes them, I just made them because I like cardamom.
Cardamom is one of those spices that seems to be perpetually out of fashion, you rarely see recipes with it included but personally, I really like it. It is a fragrant spice that is different from anything else that is readily available in our usual spice palate.
Of course you could substitute any other spice you prefer in this recipe if cardamom isn’t to your taste.
This is a light and dry biscuit, perfect to have with a cup of tea or coffee. I think it is a bit delicate for dunking though so be careful if you are that way inclined.
Cardamom Tea Cookies
1 cup butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
Allow butter and egg to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter with an electric
mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add 2/3 cup sugar; beat
about 5 minutes or until well-combined and very fluffy, scraping sides
of bowl occasionally. Add egg, cardamom, baking soda and salt. Beat
until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can; stir in any
remaining flour with a wooden spoon.
Cover and chill dough about 1 hour if it is difficult to handle.
Shape dough into 2.5cm balls. Place 5cm apart on ungreased
cookie sheets. Flatten gently with fingers and sprinkle with extra sugar.
Bake in a 180C oven about 10 minutes or until
edges are just set and bottoms are very lightly browned. Let cookies
cool on sheets for 1 minute. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely.