12 Days of Christmas Cookies
I love cardamom. Love it.
I seriously considered putting a sachet of cardamom pods under my pillow at night, but then I decided that was kind of weird. Don’t tell anyone else. It’s our secret.
Plus is there anything better than eating a cookie absolutely coated in powdered sugar? It gets on your nose, lips and fingers, which you then have to lick clean. Obviously.
It also inevitably gets on your black pants but I will endure white powdered pants for a heavenly bite of powder sugar coated cardamom cookie.
The warm cardamom flavor pairs beautifully with the toasted walnuts and the buttery cookie. The flavors just melt in your mouth starting with the powdered sugar and ending with the warm, nutty cardamom walnut flavor.
I toasted the walnuts to enhance the flavor, because otherwise the cardamom might overpower it. Walnuts have a way of getting lost.
These snowballs have that characteristic sandy texture that inspire nostalgia in even the most hard-nosed New Yorkers.
I’m not naming names but I’ve seen it with my own eyes.
These cookies are….let’s call it…cardamom forward, which is fancy chef speak for they taste like cardamom. And I LOVE it. It’s not overwhelming – you can still taste the walnuts and sugar. I asked everyone at the restaurant what they thought and they all agreed they were delightful the way they are (including said nostalgic New Yorker).
Phew. I’m not alone of the cardamom train.
If you are new to the spice or you open up your jar of cardamom and think “Woah! That’s different,” cool, just back down the measurement to 1 teaspoon. We can still be friends.