In Norway, cardamom is one of the main flavors of the holiday season. When my friends at Nordic Ware gave me these amazing cookie stamps, I knew I needed to make my grandmother’s cardamom shortbread and try them out. I’m sure you’ll agree, the results are stunning! 

You will need:

1 cup salted butter, room temperature

½ cup dark brown sugar, packed

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

2¼ cups all purpose flour

cooking spray

Nordic Ware heirloom cookie stamps

¼ cup white sugar and ½ teaspoon cardamom mixed

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a stand mixer, cream together brown sugar and butter for about 1 minute.
  3. Measure out dry ingredients, stir together (except for the second ½ teaspoon of cardamom), and slowly incorporate into a dough using the mixer.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment and portion dough into 1“ balls and place them 2” apart on the sheet.
  5. Spray the cast cookie stamp of your choice with cooking spray and dip in cardamom and sugar mixture.
  6. Press down the dough balls with the cookie stamp and slightly rock the stamp to release, dip in sugar and repeat.
  7. Bake cookies for 11–13 minutes until golden.
  8. Allow to cool on wire rack.


The cardamom & sugar mixture is amazing on buttered toast!

Photography by Paul "Sweet Paul" Lowe

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