Cardamom-Saffron Tea Cookies

Cardamom-Saffron-Tea-Cookies
Cardamom-Saffron-Tea-Cookies

Today we celebrated Diwali again. Yes, I know, it’s more than two weeks past the real Diwali, yet we are not done celebrating it yet. This is probably my 4th Diwali celebration this year. This time it was at the Deloitte office. I have been with the firm for just two weeks now, yet, it feels like I have been here always. Friendly welcoming people. This is what you want, right? Speaking for myself –  It’s the people who keeps i

Saffron Cookies, Eggless Cookies, Cardamom Cookies, Nan KhataiThe Diwali Luncheon was bustling with festive spirit. Most of the partners and senior partners of the firm were all dressed in Indian attire, there were various food stalls, a henna lady was doing henna art in the corner. There was wine and coffee and other drinks served in another corner. It was Diwali Celebration alright. 

I saw a batch of Mexican Wedding Cookies along with a massive bowl of gulab jamun in the party and I naturally went for the Mexican Wedding Cookies. There is no way, I would leave those cookies alone. A big big fan of those cookies. Last year, for Christmas I made a big batch and it disappeared fast. 

This year, I thought of baking some cookies as well, but give it an Indian flair. Just imagine eating soft, delicate Mexican wedding cookies laced with layers of cardamom and saffron flavors…, thats excatly how the Cardamom Saffron Tea Cookies tasted.

Every third person I know loves Cardamom. The smell and flavor of cardamom is irresistibly uplifting. And these Cardamom-Saffron Tea Cookies have a very distinct cardamom and saffron flavor to it. Every bite that you take, you can actually taste the cardamom. The texture is more of like a shortbread which is kind of less chewy and more melt-in-your-mouth goodness. 

These Cardamom-Saffron Tea Cookies are simple, quick and delicious. They need only a few ingredients. Flour, sugar, butter, cardamom and saffron of course. The nuts are optional but if you add them, you won’t regret it since they add that nutty crunch to your already awesome cookies. 

You will find the edges to be a little crisp and the middle part to be soft. These Cardamom-Saffron Tea Cookies are really fun to make as well. For a deeper yellow, I actually added a little bit of turmeric. 

Make a batch or two for Christmas and Thanksgiving this year. They are perfect for holiday gifts or to nosh on any time of year.

INGREDIENTS:

  • A pinch of saffron soaked in 4 tbsp milk
  • A pinch of turmeric for color
  • 1 and 1/2 TBSP cardamom powder
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 6 TBSP Sugar
  • 9 TBSP plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 TBSP semolina
  • A few pistachios, chopped

METHOD:

  • Cream the butter and sugar together.
  • Mix in the flour, baking powder and semolina and add the saffron and turmeric milk milk to make a stiff dough.
  • Mix in the pistachios
  • Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for 30 minutes, while heating the oven to 300°F.
  • Make small balls out of the dough and place on greased baking sheets, leaving gaps between each cookie as they will spread a little.
  • Bake for 12-13 minutes.union

100 Comments Add yours

  1. Love the spice blend in these cookies. Looks gorgeous.

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  2. Kiley Smith says:

    These look absolutely divine. I love how easy the recipe is! I wonder if you toasted the spices before hand if it would make them stronger?

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  3. Sam says:

    I love that there’s a bit of turmeric for color. These sound seriously amazing!

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  4. Mmm, those look fantastic! I love your photography of the cookies too, it really showcases them well!

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  5. If those cookies were left with me in a room, yah BUH BYE cookies!

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  6. Such lovely photos of what look to be delicious cookies! For me, there is nothing nicer than curling up with a good book, accompanied by a strong pot of tea and of course a big plate of cookies. I can’t wait to make a batch of these babies soon!

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  7. Wow, what a combo: cardamom + saffron. So awesome! I am a big fan of Mexican wedding cookies too so I am surely trying your modified version 🙂

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  8. Tyler says:

    I love the photos! These cookies look so delicious thank you so much for sharing!

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  9. OMG these look amazing !!! Ty for the recipe!

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  10. J at BlessHerHeartYall.com says:

    What sweet little morsels! I’ve never had cardamom saffron cookies but this post and pictures makes me definitely want to try a plate full of them!

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  11. Amber says:

    Oo these look so delicious! Yum!

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  12. These sound divine. The spices would make them taste so, so good. I’m going to add the recipe to my Christmas file and try them this year. I can’t wait.

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  13. Kimberly C. says:

    These cookies sound and look delicious. Happy belated diwali!

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  14. Eleanor says:

    I need to try these! Your photos are amazing too.

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  15. Meeta says:

    While Diwali is gone I can eat these cookies any time. Cardamom and saffron are my favorite spices.

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  16. Laura says:

    These look delicious. I love cardamom

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  17. How lovely to have another Diwali celebration! These saffron cookies look amazing as well.🙂

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  18. Alfonzowords says:

    Se manifique! Loved the photo journal and descriptions. Arigato for the awesome recipe they look mouth watering

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  19. The look delicious, they’d be dangerous for my waist line, but i’d enjoy every crumb 🙂

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  20. certifiedpastryaficionado says:

    What adorable little cookies! They are the perfect size to serve with an afternoon tea. And the flavors would pair beautifully! Well done!

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  21. Jenni Petrey says:

    They look delicious, I’ve never thought of using this combination before.

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  22. Elizabeth O. says:

    That sounds amazing and I bet it smells amazing as well. I’ve never had cookies like this before! I would love to keep the recipe.

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  23. Yum, I love saffron it’s such a delicate flavor. I bet these cookies are simply divine!

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  24. oh my gosh I have to try these! I love anything with cardamom in, I like to add vanilla to my cardamom cookies and my vanilla cardamom simple syrup for coffee, gives it a nice bit of warmth and coziness.

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  25. These cookies sound delightful and would definitely be great with your afternoon tea! I love that they’re soft in the middle as well, that’s my kind of cookie!

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  26. Fatima says:

    These cookies look delicious! Might be the perfect combination for a warm cup of hot cocoa.

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  27. Those look delicious!

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  28. ohmummymia says:

    looks yummy:) something nice for Christmas tea

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  29. Omg your tea cookies look absolutely delicious!!! I must give them a try!!!

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  30. Cookies with cardamom sounds so good. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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  31. Ashlea says:

    These look yummy. I definitely need to make some for the holiday season.

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  32. This is absolutely looks yummy! I should try this glad you share this

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  33. These cookies sound perfect to go with a cup of tea!! They would be perfect for a Christmas brunch!

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  34. These looks delicious! I love a good baked cookies. I’d try making these for the holiday. Thanks for the recipe.

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  35. Jen says:

    These look amazing! I’m the third person you’ll meet that loves cardamom so these are perfect!

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  36. Rosey says:

    I’ve never had them. I bet they are perfect with tea (or coffee or milk, lol, I’m not particular when it comes to tasty treats).

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  37. Kate says:

    Wow, what an interesting combination of flavors! These sounds absolutely delicious.

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  38. TColeman says:

    These look absolutely delicious! I have never heard of them but need to give them a try.

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  39. Krystle Cook says:

    I love all types of cookies. These look so yummy.

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  40. Lauren Essie says:

    These look lovely! Such beautiful images

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  41. These look beautiful! Something different to try for sure! I’m always looking for new recipes to try out. I did some holiday baking this past week too. If you want to have a look, its my latest post on my blog.

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  42. Marie says:

    Reblogged this on Strip Teas(e) and commented:

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  43. krysten says:

    I think it’s fun that you have celebrated Diwali a few times! These cookies look fabulous. I love the inspiration from the Mexican Wedding cookie, which is one of my favorites!

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  44. perroneregmailcom says:

    It was as if I was eating the cookie as you described it. I am pretty sure this one is going to be a must for the next celebration! Thanks You!

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  45. Such a pretty cookie! They look like the cutest little bites, too. I’ve never had a cookie (that I know of) of this kind (flavor-wise, I mean), so I’d be curious to taste one. Maybe I’ll see if I can find some locally.

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  46. Erin F says:

    I have never tried cardamom (but I’ve definitely heard of it!) so these would be interesting to try! I love that you used the turmeric to deepen the color of the saffron, such a great idea!

    PS – your photography is absolutely stunning!!

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  47. KCH says:

    These look great and what a beautiful setup! Tea cookies? I want them bigger!

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  48. kiyshia says:

    I’ve never tried cardamom but I’ve heard of it especially on cooking programs. The tea cookies look super cute and super dainty. i think they would be perfect for a ladies afternoon tea get together. I might have to try them on day

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  49. dearlydainty says:

    Omg this look so delicious and delicate !! Perfect for tea time !

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  50. These look delicious! I will have to try them!

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  51. Elizabeth O. says:

    I have no doubts that this one tastes amazing! It’s perfect for tea, without a doubt. I really like saffron and to have it in these cookies is awesome.

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  52. katnapped says:

    These look delicious. They wouldn’t last long in my house. I love cardamon. Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

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  53. kaitbrough says:

    These look so delicious. I am sure they are great because of their simplicity!

    Kaitlyn
    http://www.mypostpartumlife.com

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  54. I’ve always been fascinated with tea cookies. I’d love to try these some time.

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  55. Stacey says:

    I love saffron. Its such an exotic taste that probably taste awesome in a cookie.

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  56. Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cookie recipe with saffron. But I bet these are full of flavor.

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  57. geekswhoeat says:

    These look gorgeous and sound perfect for tea! I am definitely going to make them for my next tea party…

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  58. Jane says:

    Hi, can you tell me how many to a batch, thanks 🙂

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  59. Robin rue says:

    These tea cookies look delicious. I can’t wait to make some for my family.

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  60. This is such an interesting recipe! It uses some of the spices I’ve only had sit on my spice shelf with no application. Definitely a keeper….

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  61. So unique! I need to try these!

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  62. They look tasty. I’d give them a try…. LOL I’m a sucker for any kind of cookies.

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  63. simplel2 says:

    These look for good! The description of them sounds perfect…crisp on the edges and soft in the middle!

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  64. These are so cute and adorable !I would love to serve this at my next girl’s event! They sound delicious!

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  65. I am in love….I just need these and a fresh cup of coffee…hmmmmm ymmmm…

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  66. thecoffeemom0617 says:

    these sound so good! I love trying new and unique recipes.

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  67. These sound delicious ! And they seem so easy to make, definitely going to try out this recipe.

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  68. I’ve never thought about saffron in a cookie. Sounds yummy and exotic.

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  69. Kat says:

    They look tasty! And the best thing is they are super easy to make, even for me- terrible baker:D

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  70. Elizabeth O. says:

    Saffron in cookies? That’s really interesting. I’m sure these are amazing especially with your favorite cup of tea!

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  71. Tea cookies are always something that I look forward to! I love tea and it’s great to have cookies to enjoy! I’ve never tried this recipe before.

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  72. dearlydainty says:

    Saffron in cookies ! Must be an interesting taste for something so rich in flavor for a sweet savory cookie! Ahh these remind me of chocolate chip cookies and I absolutely love anything dessert like ! xoxo

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  73. Saffron elevates the taste of these shortbread textured cookies. Thank you so much and yes, please do try and let me know. Thanks for stopping by.

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  74. Thank you so much. These cookies were delicious and gone within hours.Thanks for stopping by.

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  75. Thank you so much. Those cookies were delicious and gone within hours. Thanks for stopping by.

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  76. Thank you so much. Those cookies were delicious and gone within hours.Thanks for stopping by.

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  77. Thank you so much. and thanks for stopping by.

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  78. Thank you so much. and thanks for stopping by. Those cookies were delicious.

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  79. Thank you so much. and thanks for stopping by. Those cookies were heavenly.

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  80. Thank you so much. and thanks for stopping by. Please do try.

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  81. Thank you so much. and thanks for stopping by. Those cookies were to die for.

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  82. I’m a huge fan of good tasty cookies. This one is right up my alley. Makes me hungry! I want a dozen please.

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  83. Jazz (@JazzOnTheRun) says:

    Oh yes! I am making these over the weekend for sure! Thank you so much for sharing

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  84. These just SCREAM “fancy tea party”. I love those flavors too. These are definitely worth trying and baking.

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  85. Looks amazing… would be a great idea to serve them with afternoon tea 🙂 🙂

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  86. katnapped says:

    How cute little cookies! They look fantastic.
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

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  87. Thank you Katnapped.

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  88. I haven’t tried tea cookies but they look tasty. I like that they are mini cookies.

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  89. It was delicious. Thanks for stopping by.

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  90. It was delicious. Thanks for stopping by.

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  91. It was delicious. Thanks for stopping by.

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  92. It was delicious. Thanks for stopping by.

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  93. It was delicious. Thanks for stopping by.

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  94. It was delicious. Thanks for stopping by.

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  95. It was delicious. Thanks for stopping by.

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  96. It was delicious. Thanks for stopping by.

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  97. Mayuri Patel says:

    l love the aroma of saffron baking. I like your tip of adding some haldi to get the colour.

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  98. rajal says:

    hi … they look great . is butter at room temperature,

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  99. Rajal – yes, room temperature.

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