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Delish Scandinavian cookies with the very underutilized spice... Cardamom...

Please note, the Bakers Ammonia is not necessary for leavening, it simply makes the cookies slightly crisper.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom (Divided)
  • 3/4 tsp Bakers Ammonia (Ammonium (bi)Carbonate or Salt of Hartshorn)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, Blanched and finely ground
  • 5 tablespoons powdered sugar Plus More for Dusting


  • Heat oven to 375°F
  • Line a baking sheet (or 2) with Parchment
  • Combine salt, 2 tsp of the cardamom, bakers ammonia and flour in a bowl.
  • Cream Butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add flour mixture and beat at low speed.
  • Stir in ground hazelnuts. (This makes a really stiff dough)
  • Combine powdered sugar and remaining cardamom.
  • Scoop 1 Tbsp of dough and roll into a ball.
  • Coat with powdered sugar mixture.
  • Place on parchment lined cookie sheet ans smash cookies with the bottom of a small glass, dipped in the powdered sugar mixture to 1/2" thick.
  • Cookies should be 3/4 - 1 inch apart after smashing.
  • Bake about 13 minutes or until the edges JUST start to brown.
  • Move from baking sheet to a cooling rack and sprinkle with more powdered sugar while warm.
  • Put in airtight container for a couple of days to improve flavor.
  • You can freeze these for at least a couple of months.

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