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Almond Orange Cardamom Cookies

Almond Orange Cardamom Cookies


Inspired by flavors found in Palestinian cookies known as Hab el hal, these cookies are similar to a sugar cookie, and are traditionally made with cardamom. The fragrant orange zest and buttery almonds make this version uniquely delicious for holiday gift-giving or game time entertaining.



1 cup slivered almonds

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1 egg yolk

2 teaspoons grated orange zest

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

28 whole natural almonds



Spread almonds onto an ungreased baking pan. Place in a 350ºF oven and bake about 7 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant; stir once or twice to ensure even browning. Place slivered almonds in a food processor and process until finely ground. Set aside. Stir together flour, cardamom and salt in a small bowl. Set aside. Place the butter in a medium bowl and beat at medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat in the egg yolk, orange zest and almond extract. Add flour mixture and ground almonds and beat at low speed just until blended. Cover and chill. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Shape tablespoonfuls of dough into balls; place 1-inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Press a whole natural almond in the center of each ball. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until the underside is lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Nutritional Info:

Nutritional Info:

Calories 80; Fat 6 g; Sat Fat 2.5 g; Mono Fat 2.5 g; Poly Fat 1 g; Protein 2 g; Carb 6 g; Fiber 1 g; Cholesterol 15 mg; Sodium 20 mg; Calcium 16 mg; Potassium 45 mg; Vitamin E 1.4 mg*;


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Anonymous (not verified) February 28, 2014

I cannot tell from the recipe which of the almonds are being baked until golden brown and fragrant. The slivered ones because a whole natural almond is already brown? If they are already golden, can they take another 15+ minutes in the oven after you grind them?