Every now and then I get to visit the local bookstore. It is my favorite place to go if I have some time to myself. I enjoy browsing through new books and magazines and occasionally buy them too. Nothing is more satisfying than to be able to spend some time with yourself at your favorite place. Right? During one of my recent visits to bookstore, I was browsing this book called ‘Scandinavian Sweet Treats’ by Karen Berg Douglas. I was impressed by the simplicity of recipes and the use of simple ingredients. Most of the recipes were quite easy and ready in less than 30 minutes ( yes, that includes the baking time ). I decided to try “Finnish Christmas Cookies” just for the love of cardamom. I made several changes to the recipe – substituted APF with whole wheat flour and used lesser amounts of sugar and butter.
These may look plain ( not fancy at all ) but they are oh so good ! You can always make them fancy with some icing but trust me they taste so good on their own. Since it’s holiday season, I have decorated them for my kids. Hubby and I prefer to enjoy the plain ones. With just the right amount of flavor, these are great for Holiday baking or just because you are craving some cookies. The cardamom and cinnamon balance each other very nicely. They are soft when taken out of the oven but as they cool they become sort of crispy/chewy.
For decorating the cookies I used whatever I had in my pantry and refrigerator. I used chocolate syrup and frosting – applied them with a small spatula on plain cookies and then added some holiday glitter and sprinkles ( both edible). You can also crush some almonds / pistachios and use them as topping. Be careful if using chocolate syrup, apply only little bit to hold the sprinkles. You can also use cookie frosting available at all the grocery stores but I wanted to use what I already have.
Course : Desserts / Snacks
Makes: About 2 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 3-5 minutes
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour ( The original recipe uses APF)
¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Ground Cardamom ( Green)
1 Egg, nicely beaten until frothy
2/3 Cup Sugar
1/3 Cup Butter
- In large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and cardamom.
- In another bowl, beat egg until frothy.
- Beat sugar and butter into egg. Mix well.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until batter is smooth.
- Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased and floured cookie sheet. You can also make small quarter size balls.
- Bake in 350° oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until brown.
- Decorate them as desired.
- Enjoy with a hot cup of tea.
Do let me know if you try these and tag me on Instagram #polkadotsandcurry . I would love to hear your experience with these cookies.
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Have a great weekend ahead !