Recipes
Scandinavian Spice Cookies

The subtly sweet flavor of this cookie lends itself well to the addition of spices. Here are two variations, but you get the idea; use the basic recipe as a backdrop for your favorite flavors.

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 dash sea salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
Directions
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cardamom, and salt. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in the almond extract.

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well. Form into a ball and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or more.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Form the dough into one-inch balls and roll in sugar.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with a cookie stamp (or the back of a fork if you don’t have a stamp). Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

Ease of Preparation: Moderate

Preparation Time: 15 min
plus refrigeration

Cook Time: 15 min

Servings: 12

From: Spice Savvy

Chef Suggestions
Variation: Substitute 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder for the cardamom, and replace the almond extract with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Nutrition Facts
As prepared, each serving contains 120 calories, 8g total fat, 20mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 11g total carbohydrate and 1g protein.

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