cardamom-orange dark chocolate chunk butter cookies

Well, if that isn’t a mouthful, I just don’t know what is!

Cardamom Orange Dark Chocolate Chunk Butter Cookies are exactly what their very long name implies…  chewy, rich butter cookies, laced with aromatic cardamom and orange zest and studded with finely chopped dark chocolate.

  Cardamom Orange Dark Chocolate Chunk Butter Cookies | Sweet Anna's

These sweet little things are way up at the top of my Favorite Cookies Ever list.  Maybe even in the #1 spot (although I’d better eat them about 20 more times to decide that for sure!)

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norwegian cardamom butter cookies

One of my all-time favorite cookies growing up was my grandma’s Sandbakkelse (Norwegian Almond Butter Cookies).   If there wasn’t a fresh batch on the counter, you could always count on a bag or two hiding in the freezer in the basement.

She was known (around the world!) for them.  And hot out of the oven, or still slightly-frozen and dipped in a hot cup of coffee…  there really was nothing better.

This cardamom version of her famous buttery cookies is now tied right up there as my favorite.  And I sure hope I made her proud with this one!

Norwegian Cardamom Butter Cookies | Sweet Anna's

(Grandma, I wish you were still around to sample a few over a couple hot mugs of coffee with me!  I miss you!)

If you like butter, and if you like cardamom, you will like these cookies.

They are perfect with your morning coffee, and even better alongside a scoop of good coffee ice cream before bed…

Enjoy!

norwegian cardamom butter cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups + 2 tablespoons flour

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, cardamom and salt until well blended. Mix in the flour, until you have a smooth, well-mixed dough.

Scoop the dough out onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Flatten with a fork dipped in cold water.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are just barely golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack to cool completely before storing in Tupperware in the freezer (if they don't all get eaten right away, that is!).

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fudgy double-stuffed Oreo brownies (dairy-free!)

Rich, dark, fudgy brownies, with a layer of double-stuffed Oreos, a chocolate coating and more crushed Oreo’s on top.  How could it get any better than that?!  (A scoop of ice cream on top, if you don’t need to be dairy-free, perhaps?)

Dairy Free! Fudgy Double-Stuffed Oreo Brownies | Sweet Anna's

This is the brownie to beat all brownies.  Or maybe not.  I love a lot of brownies.

Maybe I should probably go to a brownie intervention somewhere?  Is there such a thing?!

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fairy-dusted cake batter rice krispies treats


My kiddos are so into fairies lately. They love them.  Tinker Bell being the all-around favorite, of course… all 3 littles love to talk about and play pretend fairies.

(Even 1 year old Maren walks around the house chanting “Bell!  Yay BELL!”)

So, of course I had to encourage this sweet fairy love (because secretly I really love fairies too!  Always have, always will!!) with a fun little treat.

Fairy-Dusted Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats | Sweet Anna's

I’ve never met a kid (or husband, for that matter!) who doesn’t love a good buttery, gooey homemade rice krispies treat, so I decided to change them up with some cake batter for flavor and a sprinkle of sanding sugar ‘fairy-dust’!

To say my kids were excited was an understatement.  (It might have helped that this was Maren’s first time tasting a rice krispies treat!)

Now, you might say fairy-dust should be gold, but in this house fairy-dust is purple.  Actually just about everything is purple around here.  My boys are UW Huskies fans…  so purple fairy-dust it is!

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peanut butter oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies

I think I’m late on the stuffed-cookie train, but my goodness am I in love.

Peanut Butter Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies | Sweet Anna's

I have made 3 batches of Picky Palate inspired oreo-stuffed cookies in the past 2 days (click here for some great step-by-step photos!), and I can’t stop dreaming of all the other things I want to stuff inside a cookie!

I am having so much fun using my favorite, perfectly chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe and stuffing them with sandwich cookie goodness.

I seriously don’t know how I missed out on this trend for so long.  These cookies are just so fun, not to mention delicious and addictive!

If you only bake one more batch of cookies in your life, make it these ok?  

You can substitute any Oreos you like, of course, but the peanut butter ones are fabulous!  (They taste exactly like those chocolate covered peanut butter girl scout cookies, only better!)

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