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. .