Its apple season and baking season. Let’s whip up a breakfast cookie for mornings on the go. These cookies bring warm and soft flavors from apples, cardamom, and cinnamon.
Why apple and cardamom?
Because apple and cardamom is a winning combination. And I was bored. I need a new set of flavors to wake up my AM routine. The idea though came from my mother in law. She loves cardamom, so these are for her 🙂 Also, as far as fall flavors go, I don't like pumpkin. I'm feeling totally left out on the fall flavor train and wanted my own thing.
Apple and Cardamom Cookies
- ¾ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup Apple butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 8 ounce package of cream cheese
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine room temperature butter and the cup of granulated sugar. Using a paddle attachment, turn the mixer on low for 1-2 minutes until the butter and sugar are combined.
- Add the eggs to the butter and sugar, mix to combine just until the egg is incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl with a spatula if needed.
- Next, add in the apple butter and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, measure the flour, salt, baking powder, cardamom, and cinnamon.
- Add half of a cup of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and turn the mixer on low. Continue adding the dry ingredients in ½ cup increments until the wet and dry have combined completely.
- Spray a cookie sheet with non stick spray. Spoon out cookie dough into small piles, about 1 and ½ inches in diameter.
- Bake bookies at 350 for 11 minutes. The cookies will be tender and soft.
- Remove cookies and allow to cool completely.
- Eat as is or add a layer of cream cheese frosting. .
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Make the cream cheese frosting by mixing together 8 ounces of creams cheese, ½ cup powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon juice. Mix well until smooth.
Get your ingredients organized
When I'm baking, or working with a new recipe, I like to measure out all of my ingredients before I start. Since baking is an exact science, I don't wing it like I often times do with cooking.
If you can’t find Apple butter or Apple preserves...
Make your own. My girl Megan Porta writes a food blog and has this tried and true apple butter recipe.
You can also try a different fruit spread if you like. Pear would be a an easy replacement.
Can I skip the cream cheese frosting?
Of course you can. You can also use a little smear of extra Apple butter instead. Or you can make a simple icing with powdered sugar and a little apple juice to turn up the apple flavor. All good choices. Pick your poison.
Can I freeze cardamom and apple cookies?
Well, yes you can. After they’ve baked and cooked completely, store the cookies in an air tight zip top bag in the freezer for 3-4 months.
A review of apple and cardamom cookies
I always have a few people taste test a new recipe before publishing it. When it comes to baked goods, my son Jack gets the first try because he's always happy. That just makes me feel good and doesn't crush my baking spirit. Then, I can move on to real opinions.
Everyone who tried this cookie for me said it tasted warm. My friend Nichole said it reminded her of Fall and ginger bread. My friend Tawni said she could pick up on the warm flavors from the spices. Dan is just happy when I make cookies, but he keeps eating them so I take that as a thumbs up.
Want more baked recipes
For some of my other original treats and more, head over to my dessert page 🙂