photo by Natalie Spencer
Lemon Cardamom Crinkle Cookies
- 9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 3/4 cups), sifted
- 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- Sea salt
- Zest of 4 Meyer lemons
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 extra-large eggs
- 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Set out 2 sheet pans.
Sift the powdered sugar into another bowl to ensure there are no lumps and set aside.
In an electric standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, spread the butter around the bowl by mixing on low for about 20 seconds. Bump the speed up to medium low, and slowly stream in the granulated sugar. Cream the butter and sugar on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
(We are cutting little holes in the butter with the abrasive sugar, and those little holes will expand from the leavening properties of the baking powder during baking so we can get that soft cakey texture for the cookies.)
Turn off the mixer and add the flour mixture. Mix on low speed until the flour disappears.
Use a number 40 (1 1/2 tablespoons) scoop to portion out your cookies, then roll the portioned dough into small balls. Roll the balls in the sifted powdered sugar, and place on the sheet pan at least 2-inches apart.
Bake for 13 to14 minutes, until the surface of the cookies have cracked and puffed up. The cookies will not be browned. Cool the cookies on a wire rack and serve.
Original Recipe Source: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/meyer-lemon-cardamom-crinkle-cookies.html