Gotta have a cut out cookie for the holiday season right? But not feeling the simple sugar cookie flavor? These orange cardamom sugar cookies are the best of both worlds. Just a simple sugar cookie base that is perfect for rolling out and cutting. But that orange and cardamom flavor actually amp it up and give you a more sophisticated taste. But do not worry, kids are not turned away from that additional flavor. I mean, you give them sprinkles and some icing and they do not even notice the cookie! lol!
This is simple recipe adapted from my go-to cut-out sugar cookie recipe. I love this recipe, its so simple and yet so versatile as well. The dough rolls out beautifully and is so easy to work with. Plus when kids are excited about making cookies, they don't want to wait for dough to chill and all the other usual hassles. For this recipe, the dough is ready to work in minutes! How great is that!?!
Orange and Cardamom Flavors
So I love to add an additional something in every recipe I make, but its so hard to do with baked goods! I don't want to risk the recipe. This cookie recipe is pretty forgiving though.
I added orange zest to a natural orange flavor. Ground cardamom for a sweet and almost earthy flavor. Both of these flavors pair beautifully with the vanilla and almond extracts. Its just a delicious cookie overall!
These orange cardamom sugar cookies are so good and so simple, there isn't much to say about them except: go make them!!! Can you see those flecks of cardamom??
Have fun decorating!
Of course there is is the other part about decorating them. I am by no means any type of baker or cake artists. But these any type of cut out cookies and my kids are rushing over because they mean business. They are fully skilled in overloading and over mixing sprinkles!!
So here's a hint!
The cookies pair wonderfully with white chocolate. Just grab some white chocolate wafer melts or white chocolate chips. Melt them in the microwave, then carefully dip the cookies into the melted white chocolate face down. And just decorate with sprinkles or leave them as is and let dry on a wire cooling rack for 2 hours. The chocolate hardens so they can stored in a cookie jar or any container.
Here are some more amazing cookie recipes to try out:
Orange Cardamom Sugar Cookies
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ½ teaspoon orange zest
- 1 egg
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Combine flour and baking powder in a large bowl, set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together sugar and butter.
- Scrap down the sides of the bowl, add egg, orange zest, cardamom, vanilla extract, almond extract and salt. Mix on low speed until combined.
- Add in half of the flour mixture. Mix on low speed until combined. Add in the remaining flour mixture, mix until fully combined.
- Heat oven to 350°F,
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface, about ¼ inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out into shapes. Place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze the cut out cookies for 5 minutes. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from baking sheet and let cool on a wire rack.
- Easy decorating: melt white chocolate wafers in a microwave safe bowl, dip each cookie into melted white chocolate, set on wire rack, decorate with sprinkles. Chocolate will set in about 2 hours.