Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cardamum Sugar Cakes

Cardamom Sugar Cakes
I love cardamom. It is especially wonderful in these light-as-air sugar cookies.
Watch out for the unusual combination of sour cream and baking soda.
1/2 cup sour cream (not nonfat)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cardamom
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
Coarse sugar, colored sugar or sprinkles for decoration.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the sour cream and baking soda. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar,egg, salt, spices, vanilla and baking powder. Add the sour cream mixture and blend well. Add the flour, blending until well combined.
Pre-heat the oven to 400 F and lightly grease/parchment/silpat 2 baking sheets.
Drop the dough by 1 Tbs. into the sugar, roll in sugar and place on baking sheet.
Work quickly or the butter will melt.
Freeze rolled sugar covered cookie dough.
Bake for 10 mins. - Watch carefully!!
After removing them from the oven, leave the cookies on the baking sheet for 3 mins.

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