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cardamom shortbread cookies arranged on two blue plates with cup of coffee in background

📋 Cardamom Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Rich, buttery, and aromatic cardamom shortbread cookies are a great addition to your holiday cookie plate. These slightly sweet cookies are easy to make and perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chilling Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Indian, Swedish
Servings 36 cookies


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, ground cardamom, and salt.
  • Using a stand mixer with paddle attachment or electric hand mixer, cream butter until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl using a rubber spatula.
  • Add confectioner's sugar and vanilla, and mix until well combined.
  • Add flour mixture and mix for another 1 to 2 minutes, until dough comes together.
  • Transfer dough onto large piece of plastic wrap. Wrap dough and use a rolling pin to flatten into a disk. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes, until the dough is firm enough to roll out.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place chilled dough onto a lightly floured work surface and roll the dough to a little less than ½-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut desired shapes (if you have a cookie stamp, use it here).
  • Place the cookies 1 inch apart on the baking sheets. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or place in freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges and center is just set.
  • Let cookies cool on baking sheets 2-5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely.


For your convenience, freeze your shortbread cookie dough and bake at a later date. Or freeze half the dough to make fresh cookies closer to the holidays.
This recipe uses confectioner's sugar which makes for very soft and tender cookies. You could use granulated sugar, but the cookies will be much more crispy.
Use your favorite holiday cookie cutters to make fun holiday shapes.
Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Keyword buttery, cardamom, cookies, easy, shortbread, soft