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Pine Nut Cardamom Sand Cookies


Recipe Description
Really a wonderful cookie - makes a tasty and elegant change from the gooey chocolate on your cookie trays!​
Preparation Steps:
Toast pine nuts, then chop fine (I use a food processor). Be sure to reserve some of the toasted nuts for garnish.

Keep oven preheated at 325F​
Level of Difficulty:
Easy​
Time Needed:
40 minutes​
Ingredients:
1/4 c. unsalted butter
1/4 c. veg shortening
1/3 c. powdered sugar
2 T. granulated sugar (plus extra for flattening cookies)
1 t. vanilla
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 t. ground cardamom
1/4 t. baking powder
3/4 t. salt
1/2 c. toasted pine nuts, chopped fine, plus some in reserve​
Serves:
24 cookies​
Directions:
Cream together butter and shortening. Mix in powdered sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla.

Add flour, cardamom, baking powder, salt, and chopped nuts.

Mix well. Dough will seem somewhat crumbly.

Roll dough into 1" balls and place on greased (or parchment paper covered) cookie sheet. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in granulated sugar, flatten each ball into 1/4" thick rounds. Place 3 reserved pine nuts on each round in a pattern, pressing slightly into the dough.

Bake at 325F for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until cookies are very pale golden. Transfer to racks to cool.​
 

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I've never had cardamon before...is it similar to any other spice?
 

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It is a hard spice to describe. Very aromatic and pungent, but in a warm, spicy way. Not similar in a way I can think of, but the cookies are wonderful. The toasted pine nuts dominate the taste, but the subtle cardamom flavour is there.
 
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