Sugar cookies are welcome in any cookie jar, with their simple flavor profile and ability to pair equally well with a cup of coffee or tea as they do with a glass of milk. These Orange Cardamom Sugar Cookies are a mashup between a simple sugar cookie and a snickerdoodle, with warm cardamom spice and fresh orange flavor.
I started with my favorite Snickerdoodle cookie recipe when creating these cookies, and I'm very pleased where things ended up.
Butter: I use salted butter in this recipe and there's no need to bring it to room temperature to soften it. We'll be melting it for the simplest preparation.
Eggs: As always, I use large eggs in developing my recipes.
Granulated and Brown Sugars: Adding a combination of both plain white sugar and brown sugar adds an extra depth of flavor and moisture, thanks to the molasses in the brown sugar.
Vanilla: Vanilla extract adds that familiar cozy warmth and sweet base to the flavors in this cookie.
Orange Zest: Zest is the best way to add orange flavor to the cookies. For maximum flavor, zest your washed orange directly over the bowl so that you catch all of the oils.
Cardamom: Cardamom walks the sweet-savory line and I love the way it pairs with citrus. Generally I use cardamom in Indian spice mixes and if you've never had it before I'd describe it as part mint, part clove, and part coriander, so you can see how it can work in a cookie. Cardamom seeds are packed into pods which can be crushed and added to recipes (think Indian curries or kheer) or the seeds can be ground which is what we use for this recipe. Ground cardamom is easy to find at your supermarket, no harvesting of seeds and hand grinding required.
All Purpose Flour: Your basic everyday four works perfectly here, just make sure you are scooping and leveling the flour so that you don't pack it into the measuring cup and add too much flour.
Baking Soda: Baking soda will add lift to our cookies.
One Bowl Preparation
These cookies are meant to be baked at the drop of a hat. You can definitely get them mixed up before the oven is heated! I simplified the preparation of these cookies by starting with melted butter, no planning ahead to soften butter required!
Once the butter is melted in your big bowl, you stir in the sugars and vanilla. Zest the orange with a micro plane grater directly over the bowl so that you capture all of those lovely oils. Add in the cardamom, vanilla, and eggs, and stir until combined. It already smells heavenly and look at all of those lovely little specks of cardamom and orange zest in there! Swoon.
Next, you dump the flour and baking soda right on top of the wet ingredients and give it all a mix to combine. You've got ribbons of lovely cookie dough all ready to scoop out and bake... NO CHILLING REQUIRED!
Mix up ½ cup of granulated sugar and a teaspoon of ground cardamom in a small bowl for coating the dough balls. I use a cookie scoop to portion out generous tablespoonfuls of dough, roll them into balls, and then coat them with the cardamom-sugar mixture. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet about 2-3 inches apart.
Baking the Cookies
Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes at 350F. They should be just barely getting a little color at the edges. Remove them from the oven and let them sit on the pan for an additional two minutes. This will allow them to continue to cook and get the golden edges you see below. Transfer them to wire racks to cool completely and enjoy right away for soft and chewy centers and crisp edges.
The Orange Cardamom Sugar Cookies should be stored in an airtight container. They will soften a bit more over the next couple of days and lose the crisp edges, but they are still delicious. I actually think the orange and cardamom flavors get richer the second day!
You can store the baked cookies for a couple of days in an airtight container, but making the dough ahead of time is a great time saver! Once the dough is mixed together, wrap it in two layers of plastic wrap and freeze it for up to six months. Thaw the dough in the refrigerator overnight and then scoop, roll in sugar, and bake as needed.
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Easy One Bowl Soft Orange Cardamom Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup salted butter, melted
- 1½ cup granulated sugar, divided
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoon orage zest (from 1 medium orange)
- 1½ teaspoon ground cardamom, divided
- 3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoon baking soda
- Heat oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large heatproof bowl, melt the butter. Add in 1 cup of granulated sugar and all of the brown sugar and vanilla extract and mix well. Beat in eggs until well incorporated.
- Zest the orange over the bowl and add ½ teaspoon of cardamom. Mix well.
- Add the flour and baking soda to the bowl and mix well.
- In a small bowl, combine ½ cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon of ground cardamom.
- Scoop generous tablespoonfuls of dough and roll into a ball. Coat the ball in the cardamom-sugar mixture and place on parchment-lined baking sheets about 2-3 inches apart.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookie is just starting to develop color.
- Allow cookies to sit on the baking sheets for an additional 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container. Cookies will soften with storage.
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