Cardamom and Peanut Butter Cookies
Happy Birthday Mom! Hope you enjoy these tasty treats:
Cardamom Cookies & Peanut Butter Cookies
First, why the Cardamom? Well, about a week ago I biked down to my local alternative food center and picked up a couple or weird things. First, some lavender, which isn’t all that weird now that I come to think of it. I used that for my Lavender Angel Food Cakes last week. Rose Hips, which are good for teas. Hibiscus, also good for tea. Cardamom… Why the hell did I pick up Cardamom? Well, I had seen a post on Crumbs and Doilies about Cardamom and white chocolate. I had heard of the spice before but I couldn’t honestly say that I had worked with it. I threw a few grams of the Cardamom seed in a plastic baggie, paid my 80 cents and left a happy lady.
Which brings me to today. I ground up the Cardamom and decided to do my own kind of experimenting: Create a cookie from scratch using something you’ve never touched before. I think I might start to do this more often because what it yielded was better than I could have imagined. Cardamom is certainly something with a more earthy taste to it. It reminds you of many different flavors: Cinnamon, vanilla, mint, and clove to name a few.
Here are the recipes:
1 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c white sugar
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 c peanut butter
6 tbsp unsalted butter
Crumb the flour, sugar, butter and Peanut butter in a bowl until it all looks pretty dry and lumpy. Add the egg and flour gradually and mix together until you have a workable dough. Wrap it up and place it in the fridge immediately. That’s right, don’t sit around mixing this thing forever. You want to mix it until it JUST comes together, kinda like a biscuit dough. This ensures that you’re going to have a nice tender cookie when you’re finished, not a tough & doughy one.
After about an hour, take it out and roll it to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into silly shapes and place it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees for about 6-8 minutes or until the bottoms are slightly golden brown. Let them cool on a drying rack and decorate, or don’t decorate. It’s all up to you!
Peanut Butter Cookies:
(Which taste unusually like Nutter Butters!)
1 c sugar
½ c creamy peanut butter
½ c unsalted butter
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Cream together the peanut butter, butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy, about 5 minutes on high speed with a hand mixer. Then, add the egg, milk, vanilla, and salt, combine thoroughly. Add the flour until it becomes a manageable dough. Chill for an hour.
When it’s done chilling, roll it out like the Cardamom Dough and cut it into whatever shapes you’d like. Place it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and cook in an oven at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a drying rack and decorate, or don’t decorate however you’d like.
Happy Baking, folks!