Cardamom Butter Cookies

Author: Canadian Living

Clarified butter — which is made by melting butter and removing the milk solids - gives these Middle Eastern cookies a crisp texture that's perfect for dipping into tea.

  • Portion size 36 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2003

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter cubed
  • 1 cup icing sugar (approx)
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 36 whole blanched almonds

Method

Line 2 rimless baking sheets with parchment paper or grease; set aside.

In saucepan, melt butter over low heat; let cool for 5 minutes. Skim froth from surface. Strain butter through double thickness cheesecloth into bowl; refrigerate until clarified butter is solidified and milky liquid settles to bottom, about 2 hours.

Discard milky liquid. With electric mixer, beat butter until light, creamy and doubled in volume. Beat in icing sugar, one-third at a time, until smooth. Beat in orange blossom water.

In separate bowl, whisk together flour, cardamom and salt ; stir into butter mixture until crumbly. Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and pliable, about 3 minutes. Shape into disc. Wrap and refrigerate until slightly firm, about 30 minutes.

Scoop dough by tablespoonfuls (15 mL) and roll on lightly floured surface into 3-1/2-inch (9 cm) long logs; press ends together to form ring, overlapping slightly. Press whole almond onto joint. Place, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on prepared pans.

Bake in top and bottom thirds of 300°F (150°C) oven, switching and rotating pans halfway through, until tops are pale golden and bottoms are golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool on racks for 5 minutes; transfer to racks and let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.) Dust with 2 tbsp (25 mL) more icing sugar.

Nutritional facts <b>Per cookie:</b> about

  • Sodium 17 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 87.0
  • Total fat 6 g
  • Cholesterol 13 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 8 g

%RDI

  • Iron 2.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 4.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 0.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 5.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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