Sunday, July 4, 2010
Cookie Recipe#183 - Cardamom Stars
Happy 4th of July!! Today I have reached the halfway point of my year of baking cookies. It has been a great experience so far and am looking forward to the second half. I hope all who read this have found at least one new recipe to add to their favorites (I know I have).
Cardamom is a spice that I believe you either love or hate-I think I may love it! These may be cut into any shape; the lemony icing adds to the orange flavoring involved in the cookies themselves.
Ingredients: 1/3 cup vegetable shortening, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon orange juice, 1 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening with sugar. Add egg and juice; beat well. Add cardamomm and cinnamon; gradually add in flour.
Working with half the dough at a time, roll out on floured surface, 1/8-inch thick. Cut into stars or desired shape and arrange on baking sheets about 1 1/2-inches apart. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven 8-10 minutes, until just beginning to brown. Transfer cookies to wire rack and allow to cool.
In small mixing bowl combine confectioners' sugar and lemon juice until smooth and of spreading consistency. Frost cookies and top with sprinkles, if desired.
Makes 3-4 dozen cookies.
"The Ultimate Cookie Book", Tormont Publications Inc., Montreal, Canada, 1997.