Cardamom-Walnut Cookies

Cardmom-Walnut Cookies are a simple cookie, full of the warm and aromatic spice of cardamom, along with lots of walnuts and plenty of powdered sugar.

Cardamom Walnut Cookies

Sometimes, a simple bag of organic cardamom seed powder being on clearance is all it takes.

The price sticker said .99 cents. I knew it was a good deal (usually retailing for at least $4), but I had no clue what cardamom tasted like and I had never used it in a recipe.

But when I have a chance to try something new — especially spices when I can get them for a great deal — I’m just slightly adventurous enough to give it a try.

Cardamom-Walnut Cookies

I took my cardamom home, tucked it into my spice cupboard. That poor cardamom…several months passed and I didn’t give it much thought. That was until #SundaySupper came around again.

Cardamom-Walnut Cookies (ready for rolling in powdered sugar)

The #SundaySupper theme for this week is a Cookie Exchange hosted by Janet Keeler, Food & Travel Editor for the Tampa Bay Times and Author of Cookielicious. I’ve been baking so much and most of my cookies have been with chocolate. Which is a good thing. But, I was kind of in the mood for something different. Something unique. And something non-chocolate. [I know, strange…non chocolate? So bizarre.]

Cardamom-Walnut Cookies

Then I remembered my lonely bag of cardamom and decided that my cookie exchange contribution would be Cardamom-Walnut Cookies.

If you think these look familiar, you are right. They are very similar to Russian Teacakes, Mexican Wedding Cakes, or Snowballs — depends on what you might call them and there is probably even more names. But, of course, these have the warm and aromatic spice of cardamom, along with lots of walnuts and plenty of powdered sugar. They are simple cookie, but with wonderful flavor.

My husband is in love with them — he says they are perfect to have with his coffee. I’m a coffee drinker too, but I think they are fantastic with a cup of hot tea. Coffee, tea…or none of the above, I think you’ll like them, particularly if you want a cookie that is less sweet and with a distinctive flavor.

Here’s the recipe as I prepared it, which is adapted very slightly from a recipe at Epicurious.

Cardamom-Walnut Cookies
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cardamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups walnuts, finely chopped & toasted
For rolling
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  1. In a bowl, combine butter, ½ cup granulated sugar, 1½ teaspoons cardamom, vanilla extract, lemon peel and salt. Beat at medium-high speed with hand or stand mixer until well blended. Add flour and walnuts to butter mixture; beat on low until combined well and dough forms. Gather dough and shape into a ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. While cookie dough chills, in a small bowl, combine ingredients for rolling cookies in. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Create small round balls of cookie dough, about ¾ - 1" in size. Line cookie balls on baking sheet. Bake 20-25 minutes or until cookie is golden brown.
  4. Allow cookies to cool for approximately 5 minutes on baking sheet, Place powdered sugar for rolling in a shallow bowl or plate. Roll cookies completely in powdered sugar and place on a plate. Once all cookies have been rolled in sugar, sift or sprinkle remaining sugar on tops of the cookies.

Cardamom-Walnut- Cookies

Don’t leave quite yet! The very best part about #SundaySupper is that I get to share a huge list of links to other great recipes for our theme — below you will find a over 50 cookie recipes perfect for your holiday baking!

The Sunday Supper Favorite Cookie Exchange Cookies:

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Cardamom-Walnut Cookies

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  1. says

    I just bought some whole cardamom pods/seeds. I’m glad I have a spice grinder so I can make these cookies. Cardamom is a lovely flavor and I also want to incorporate it more into my baking and cooking.

  2. says

    I’ve had a lot of Mexican wedding cookies in my day (LOVE them) and I love the unique flavour twists you gave to yours with the cardamom and lemon. Cardamom is so expensive – I bought a small jar of it for over $10 (I can’t remember the price but it was exorbitant!) I rarely get a chance to use it so I should definitely make this cookie soon!

  3. says

    Its so good to be adventurous! I pick things up all the time just so that I can try it and see how I like it. You got an excellent deal on the cardamom! These must be SO GOOD! I’m saving this recipe :-)

  4. says

    I think cardamom is one of those flavors that people think they’re not familiar with until they taste it … and then it’s like, oh yeah, that’s what it is. Great idea for these cookies!

  5. says

    I love Cardamom & these look yummy! Almost like Russian tea cookies with a twist on the flavor! Sorry I missed the chat that would of been fun. & I will have to check through the recipe list to see if there is something else to bake last minute. Merry Christmas Brandie to you & your family.


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