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Melt In Your Mouth Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

Buttery, crisp and mildly sweet cardamom cookies are so soft that they truly melt in your mouth!! These melt in your mouth cardamom shortbread cookies pairs perfectly with your cup of coffee of tea. 
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: cardamom biscuits, cardamom cookies, cardamom shortbread cookies, indian cardamom cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Maria Doss


  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom powder or less (refer notes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar


  • Whisk together all purpose flour, cardamom powder and salt in a small bowl
  • Place butter and confectioners sugar in a medium bowl, beat with a hand held electric beater on high speed, until smooth (about 30 seconds). Refer notes on how to make cookies without an electric beater.
  • Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed, until well combined.
  • Shape dough into a 7-inch log and wrap with a piece of parchment paper and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours (up to 2 days) to firm. (Please note that if you are working in Summer or if you live in a warm/hot place, the dough might be sticky due to the high fat content. So, place the bowl in the refrigerator for 20-40 minutes, to firm up the dough before rolling into log)
  • Preheat oven to 340 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator, slice into 1/4-inch slices and place on the prepared baking sheet, spacing evenly.
  • Bake cookies in the middle rack of the oven for 18-24 minutes, until deep golden around the edges (turn pan once halfway through baking) 
    You want a deep golden brown around the edges for a crisp cookie. If you remove the cookies before that stage, then it will have slight crisp and softer texture. 
  • Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely
    Store cookies in an air tight container for several days.


To make cardamom powder : Grind about 1/4 cup green cardamoms to a fine powder in a dry grinder and measure 1 tablespoon. I usually grind much more than that and store cardamom powder in a sealed zip lock bag and place in the freezer. This stays fresh for months. 
If you are new to cardamom powder, then I recommend using 1/2 to 3/4 tablespoon . 
Cookies can be stored in an air tight container for up to a week. 
To make cardamom cookies without an electric beater:
Step-1: Whisk flour, cardamom powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
Step-2: Add room temperature butter and confectioners into a larger bowl and mix vigorously with a wooden spoon, until creamy (about 3 minutes).
Step-3: Add dry ingredients and continue to mix with the wooden spoon, until it looks like the picture.
Step-4: Proceed as instructed in the remaining part of the recipe – shape, chill, slice and bake.