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Crispy Swedish Cardamom Cookies

Serves Recipe from Eric's great-grandmother Prudy     adjust servings


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking ammonia (baker's ammonia)
  • 2 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cardamom
  • 1 egg, to brush the cookies with


  1. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together for 2-3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Make sure you scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, beat 1 egg. Add the baking ammonia and stir to dissolve. Add the mixture to the butter and beat.
  3. Add the flour to the bowl but don't mix it in. Use a small spoon to stir the salt, cinnamon, and cardamom into the flour. Beat the flour into the dough. Don't over mix.
  4. Chill the dough for 2-3 hours (or you can leave it in the fridge for 2-3 days).
  5. When you are ready to bake the cookies, let the dough sit on the counter for a few minutes until it is workable.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats .
  7. Split the dough in half. Sprinkle flour onto a work surface.
  8. Use your hands to flatten the dough, then use a rolling pin to roll the dough out very thin, about 1/8 inch.
  9. Use a 3-inch biscuit cutter to shape the cookies. Use a spatula to transfer the rounds to the prepared baking sheets. They do not rise much at all, so you can fit them pretty close together.
  10. Keep re-rolling the scraps until it's gone. Repeat with the other half of the dough.
  11. In a small bowl, lightly beat 1 egg. Use a pastry brush to brush the top of each cookie. Don't be shy; use a lot. See photos.
  12. Bake the cookies at 350 for 8-10 minutes. They should be lightly browned on the edges.