Cardamom Butter Cookies

Photo by Kathryn McCrary

Food Culture of the South

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Makes 6 dozen

  • 3 cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoons ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • cups sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine first six ingredients.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and fold in flour mixture until just combined.
  3. Form dough into two (12-inch) logs that are 1½-inches in diameter. Wrap each with plastic wrap. Using your hands, square off sides of logs. Chill in refrigerator until firm, about 1 hour.
  4. Cut logs into ¼-inch-thick slices and arrange on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake two sheets on upper and lower thirds of oven for 10 to 12 minutes, switching pans’ positions halfway through baking. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool.

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  • Recipe from Amanda Wilbanks, Southern Baked Pie Company

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