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Cardamon Butter Cookies Recipe

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This recipe for Cardamon Butter Cookies, by , is from Brues, Let's Eat, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Catheryn Brue
Added: Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
½ lb of soft butter
1 cup of all-purpose flour
½ tsp. ground cardamon
½ cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
1 ½ cups cornstarch (please note, this amount is correct – one and one half cups)

Directions:
Directions:
Cream butter to consistency of mayonnaise. Mix and sift flour and cardamon. Add flour mixture, sugar and cornstarch to butter mixture while continuing to cream. Divide into 2 equal portions. Wrap each portion in foil and chill thoroughly. Work with 1 portion at a time, shaping into 1 inch balls, keeping other portion in the refrigerator. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with floured tines of fork. Bake at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes or until delicately browned. Makes about 3 or 4 dozen.

The cookies would be fine additions to a collection served for tea. And if you bake them once, chances are you’ll save the recipe for future use at holiday time. Cardamon has long been used in Scandinavian pastries. It is the only flavoring used in these cookies, which taste a little like the nut-flavored butter cookies of Christmas, and really like neither. Mrs. Conrad Anderson

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
3-4 dozen
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
The idea of paying homage to one’s ethnicity by using cardamon, a favorite flavor of the day, periodically presents itself. But, how did I become the sole baker of these cookies? Some fancy footwork by others? My lack of any other contribution to family dinners? They became my tradition for Christmas visits to Iowa City and at some point brother Rich and sister-in-law Sue proclaimed me the only one capable of making cardamon cookies. It all felt a bit too convenient.

Other friends also like and admired them. Master Chef Constance Firosz, was impressed, pronounced them the ‘shortest’ cookie she had ever experienced, and instructed me to never store them in plastic. I had no idea.

The recipe, submitted by Mrs. Conrad Anderson, was found in the American Lutheran Church Women’s (Irwin, Iowa) famous cookbook Kitchen Favorites. The cookbook contains many home spun ‘thoughts for the day’ such as this one on page 120 “If you’re dog tired at night maybe it’s because you growled all day.” Or page 29 “A woman who puts on weight is seldom swept off her feet.”

 

 

 

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