Good Morning, Readers! I’d like to share one of my own recipes with you today. We recently had a cookie exchange at work, and I wanted to try a new cookie that I’d never made before. I happen to love the spice Cardamom. I think it’s the perfect flavor to represent the Holiday Season. After searching through quite a few different Cardamom cookie recipes, I decided to make up my own.
The only clincher was that during the Holidays it is SO easy to consume an overabundance of sugar, butter, etc. In small amounts this is ok, but in large amounts it can completely derail our sleep schedule and throw our hormones out of whack. If, like me, you rely on your hormonal equilibrium to help keep you seizure-free, then you probably find yourself avoiding a sugar rush as well!
Below is the original recipe that I came up with to make sure that my test-batch had the correct flavor and consistency. However, when I baked my 5 batches for the cookie exchange, I substituted the Milk with Almond Milk. I also only used ½ the amount of sugar and substituted the rest with 1 cup of Applesauce. This way I was able to cut down the total amount of sugar in the cookies. They still tasted great and the leftovers were a big hit at my family Christmas Party.
If you have any other healthy food substitution suggestions, please comment below so that we can all try them out! Have a wonderful morning, readers! Don’t forget to Seize The Day!
Orange Cardamom Cookies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temp
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp orange extract
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 4 tbsp orange juice
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
Cream together butter/sugar/brown sugar until light & fluffy
Beat in egg, orange extract, orange zest, cardamom, and nutmeg
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to mixture alternately with milk. Mix until just combined
Refrigerate dough for 20-30 mins & preheat oven to 325 degrees F
Drop in medium sized scoops onto baking sheets (lined with parchment paper).
bake 16-20 mins until edges are golden brown. Allow to cool completely while preparing glaze.
Combine powdered sugar, OJ, and cardamom. Stir until you have a pourable glaze.
Drizzle over completely cooled cookies.
For extra orange flavor, sprinkle fresh orange zest over wet glaze onto cookies.