Cardamom biscuits

Cardamon biscuitsThese delicately flavoured Scandinavian biscuits are traditionally made during the Christmas season.

Makes approx 18


170 g butter
227 g light brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
60 ml single cream
½ teaspoon almond essence
450 g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon margarine or butter for greasing


Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.

Add the egg, cream and almond essence and beat until well blended.

Sift the flour, baking powder and cardamom together in a separate bowl then add, a little at a time, to the butter mixture, beating vigorously with a wooden spoon until a stiff dough is formed.

Knead the dough until smooth then roll into two sausage shapes about 5cm in diameter.

Wrap the dough in greaseproof paper and chill for at least 6 hours, or, if possible, overnight. The dough needs to be well chilled before it is baked.

Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6.

Lightly grease a baking sheet with the margarine.

Cut and shape the dough into 6 mm thick circles and place on the baking sheet, leaving a 6 mm gap between them.

Bake in the middle of the oven for about 12 minutes until they just start to brown. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

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