Jacquelynne Steves

Brown Sugar Cardamom Cookie Recipe


Did you know that October is National Cookie Month? I know- it’s just one more reason to love the month of October! Last year, I posted a new cookie recipe every week during October. I didn’t have time to do that this month (this little Block of the Month thing going on and everything…), but I did manage to make one- Brown Sugar Cardamom Cookies. It’s simple, it has a nice texture, and it has cardamom. Are you familiar with cardamom? It’s a spice that doesn’t get nearly enough attention- although if you like Chai tea you may be familiar with it. If you don’t like cardamom, or don’t have it in your cabinet, just substitute an equal amount of cinnamon. (Find all of last year’s Cookie Month Recipes- and more- at the end of this post. Are you inspired to get baking??)

Brown Sugar Cardamom Cookies Recipe

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (such as walnuts or pecans)
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup salted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place nuts in a dry saute pan and place over medium heat. Toast nuts until they are golden fragrant, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Stir together flour, baking soda and 1/2 tsp cardamom and set aside.

Stir together granulated sugar, cinnamon, remaining 1 teaspoon cardamom, and nutmeg.

Cream together butter and brown sugar. Add vanilla and egg yolk and mix until well combined. Stir in nuts and flour mixture.

Roll into 1″ balls and place on parchment lined cookie tray. Bake about 12-14 minutes until cookies are set. Remove from baking sheet.

While still warm, dip tops of cookies in sugar/spice mixture.

Makes 3-4 dozen.

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  • Posted October 24, 2014 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I think the cardamom cookies will be perfect for this Christmas Cookie exchange at my crafting co-op. Last years was a frosted maple walnut cookie that everyone loved and I ate too many of.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted October 27, 2014 at 9:39 am | Permalink

      Valerie- these will also pack and travel well for a cookie exchange! Great idea :) I always eat too many cookies, I love them all!

  • Posted October 24, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Yum! You make me feel like baking!! :-)

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted October 27, 2014 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      Well, ’tis the season for baking, Sandie! Probably not a coincidence that the arrival of fall is National Cookie Month!

  • Rosalind Gutierrez
    Posted December 5, 2014 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Is that at 350 degrees oven.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted December 5, 2014 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      Yes Rosalind- thanks for catching that omission!!

  • Barb
    Posted October 28, 2015 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Can you omit or replace the cardamon with maybe ginger?

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 2, 2015 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      Hi Barb- Yes, I think substituting ginger for the cardamon would work quite well.

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