dainty, zesty, crisp tea dunking cookies

cardamom and orange zest cookies

about twice a month, i slip into the patient waiting room and track down my favorite food publications. i usually flip through, find the food articles, and write down recipes that i've found, look for them online, and screen capture the ones i want. that little recipe retrieval operation works really well -as it leaves the magazine intact for future patients to read- however, it didn't go that smoothly this time around. instead, i took the magazine and read every food article and just decided to keep the magazine, never returning it to its place in the patient lobby. the reason i went off path was over these tiny cardamom and orange zest cookies. i knew i needed this magazine for a little longer as i found a few other recipes i wanted to try, and no patient had bent the pages or even so much as opened the cover. this magazine was germ-free and all mine for the weekend.

cardamom has been on my baking list all year, i made cardamom creme brulee, and cardamom and pistachio crepes, cardamom rice pudding, and a few select indian dishes that had what else, but cardamom. i love the spicy and astringent flavor of cardamom, just a small whiff from a distance is all you need. unless you like to inhale ground cinnamon, then go right ahead, sniff away.

cardamom and orange zest cookies
cardamom and orange zest cookies
orange zest cardamom cookies
orange zest cardamom cookies

not only are these cookies cute -as they are a mere tiny inch and a half- but you can eat handfuls and never feel that guilt of eating too many sweets. these cookies are light in flavor and sturdy enough to take a dip in coffee or tea. make a batch for your next sunday brunch session or be that nice person to bring in a plate of cookies to offset the lousy coffee offered at work, people will love you for it!

recipe found in Sunset Magazine, August 2015, tiny cardamom orange cookies





  1. preheat oven to 375. in a medium bowl, thoroughly blend sugar and orange zest, then blend in cardamom. add butter and beat with a mixer until light and fluffy. 
  2. beat egg and vanilla into sugar-butter mixture, until uniform. on low speed, mix in flour.
  3. line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. drop batter onto sheets using a level teaspoon measure. top each cookie with a pinch of preferred nuts or seeds. bake until crisp and brow at the edges, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. transfer cookies to a cooking rack and cool completely.
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds or chopped salted and roasted pistachios (preferred)