Cardamom Snowdrop Cookies ~ Savory Simple

Have you heard about Mixed?  It’s a food blogger conference I’m attending on November 30-December 2 at Mountain Lake Hotel in Pembroke VA (where Dirty Dancing was filmed!) I’m so excited to meet many of my fellow bloggers and take part in an assortment of workshops. I’m even attending a small cake decorating class with my old Baltimore neighbor, Duff from Ace of Cakes!

Mixed has many great sponsors, one of whom is Dixie Crystals Sugar.  They’re hosting a fun contest for conference attendees and I’ve decided to enter! The Bake it Forward Cookie Contest is simple: prepare an original cookie recipe using a Dixie Crystal sugar product and make sure the cookies travel well in a tin.  Three finalists will be selected for a live bake-off at Mixed! So much fun!

When I saw the contest details my mind immediately went to snowdrop cookies, aka Mexican wedding cookies aka Russian tea cakes aka snowball cookies (does anyone actually know which name came first or what the story is here? I’ve never seen a cookie with so many names!)  If you’ve never tried snowdrop cookies before they’re like shortbread only flakier, nuttier and completely covered in powdered sugar.  Totally addicting.  To make this version unique I’ve included cardamom, one of my favorite spices.  If you’ve never tried this spice before it’s something not to be missed: spicy, exotic and unlike any other flavor.  It really takes these cardamom snowdrop cookies over the top!  I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.

Cardamom Snowdrop Cookies ~ Savory Simple


Cardamom Snowdrop Cookies
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Serves: 50+ cookies
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cup almond meal
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, ½ cup confectioners sugar and vanilla for several minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Sift the flour and salt together.
  4. Turn the mixer speed down to low and slowly add the almond meal followed by the flour. Scrape down the sides once or twice to make sure the dough is evenly mixed.
  5. Use a tablespoon-sized scoop to measure out cookies. Use your hands to roll each cookie into a ball (don't skip this step or the final product won't look as nice!)
  6. Chill the cookies for 15 minutes and then bake for 15-20 minutes. While the cookies are baking, sift together the topping ingredients in a bowl.
  7. Remove the cookies from the oven. While they're still warm, carefully coat each cookie in the sugar cardamom mixture and set aside to cool. Once the cookies have cooled (about 15-20 minutes), toss them again in the sugar mixture.


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  1. I’m in love with the name of these cookies! I bet they just melt in your mouth!

  2. These look nice. I made a similar one with pecans last year. I’d love to try this one, though, with the addition of cardamon.

  3. Oh these cookies sound delicious. Definitely one to add to the Christmas baking. Thanks for sharing.

  4. They look beautiful!

  5. Mmm I love cardamom. And I have those same measuring spoons!

  6. These look scrumptious! Can’t wait to make them, thanks!

  7. These sound absolutely wonderful with the almond meal and the dusting of cardamom in the sugar. What a fun contest and well done!

  8. This is one of my all time favorites – including cardamom – agree it is a fantastic spice.

    Love the sounds of the conference you are attending. I dream to go to one in my future. Maybe 2013?

    Looking forward to your posts and see what has inspired you! Taking a class with Mr. Ace of Cakes who be a hoot I imagine. I wonder what you’ll make?

    Excited for you!

  9. Susan Haebig says:

    These do sound good! I have a question about the teaspoon size scoop: does this mean 1 teaspoon per cookie? This sounds quite small.
    Thank you!

  10. This is fabulous! I love Dixie Crystals’ BIF program…I’m doing a post for them in a couple weeks, and sent some cookies in a tin last week. So fun!

  11. I’ve only made snowdrop-esque cookies once for Tuedays with Dorie…I forgot how great they were! Yours look fabulous, love the cardamom! And I love the mood of your photos!!

  12. I adore these photos, as well as another way to use cardamom besides in chai!

  13. I love cookies like that. Adding cardamom is a great and unique idea. Good luck in the competition! Have fun at the conference too!

  14. claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    Dude, you need to win. These look PERFECT.

  15. These look beautiful – and may just be the perfect biscuit to give to friends for Christmas (perhaps with some orange rind grated in as well). Best of luck with the comp

  16. Mexican Wedding Cakes (or whatever you call them!) are one of my fav holiday cookies. And Dirty Dancing is one of my favs, too! Can’t wait to see your pics from there!

  17. Once again, these look amazing! I love cardamom in sweets.

  18. these look great and have fun at the conference

  19. These cookies look so yummy!! Beautiful photography as well! Wishing you luck in the contest :)

  20. Wow Mixed sounds like a whole lotta fun – I thought you were taking a rest ?? :) This must be your way of having that well deserved break.

    These snowdrop cookies look divine and the addition of cardamom would make them so warming.

  21. I can’t wait to meet everyone at Mixed and I hope you’ll be bringing lots of cookies. I love Mexican wedding cookies, mmm

  22. Genius adding cardamom to these traditional favorites. I think we make ours with walnuts rather than almonds though. Good luck in your contest.

  23. Jen, these sound so good! I guess I’m out of the loop but do you buy the almond meal at your grocery or do you grind your own? I live in an area where it usually takes a drive to get special ingredients. Good luck with the competition and staying where Dirty Dancing was filmed sounds like so much fun!

  24. Love your spin on one of my favorite cookies Jen!
    Have a blast at Mixed…I’m SO jealous!

  25. Mmm, love the idea of adding cardamom to these tea cakes — a fabulous twist! Have fun at the conference. :)

  26. The first photo is absolutely gorgeous! I make snowdrop cookies every year around Christmas. This year I would love to dry your cardamom recipe – sounds delicious!

  27. Yum! and great photos. I would definitely being going to Mixed if it were not so expensive. Hopefully, next year! Have a great time!

  28. ahhh i love cardamom! Absolute favorite spice to bake with. These looks scrumptious and i’d be guilty of eating 50 in one sitting :)

  29. Jen, I made these last night in a state of boredom/hunger and they turned out great! So yummy!

  30. Beautiful and delicioius :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  31. Good luck with your gorgeous cookies! Wish I was going to Mixed, way to busy right now.

  32. fabiola@notjustbaked says:

    Love love this! Crumbly, yummy Mexican cookies are a way to my tummy happiness. Good call on the cardamom, it brightens things so well.

  33. I am making Christmas gift jars and these are deff going in. Thanks for the great idea!!

  34. YUM! I absolutely adore cardamom in baked goods. These will be perfect for my Christmas cookie tins.

  35. I’m so jealous, I wish I could go to Mixed! It sounds like a great conference, but it was too expensive with travel from California. I’ll just have to live vicariously through you!

    These cookies sound fabulous. I love the addition of cardamom for a unique twist on a classic cookie.

  36. That Mixed conference sounds like a blast! Good luck with your contest, I’d vote for these!

  37. I really enjoy cardamom and love all kinds of spice cookies. These look like a lovely holiday cookie!

  38. I always look forward to having these kinds of cookies (whatever they’re called) around the holidays! Gotta love that nutty shortbread texture, yum!

  39. I feel a little conflicted…I’ve always made my grandmother’s recipe and think of her each time. But I think this is an improvement on our family original. I can’t resist the cardamom! :-)

  40. I love wedding cookies! I’ve tried mixing it up with different nuts before, but never adding a spice like this. I love cardamom in sweets (don’t tell but despite all the curries I make, I actually prefer it in desserts!), so I am pinning this for sure. Good luck in the contest and have fun at the conference!

  41. Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    These are so pretty!

  42. First of all, the Dirty Dancing resort? Woo-hoo! Let me guess how many food bloggers would be Dirty Dance-ing their way through all the wonderful seminars! I’m so jealous, I wish I could go! Anyway, have a great time and post lots of pics!

  43. ….Oops, forgot to say that these snowdrop cookies aka Mexican wedding cookies aka Russian tea cakes aka snowball cookies look wonderful! Cardamom is a favourite spice of mine, as well :)

  44. I love using cardamom in desserts. Such a great way to use it, Jen! Snowdrop cookies are a Christmas staple around here.

  45. a much under used spice in my opinion – thanks for the recipe

  46. Hey – so I’m a GF girly, and I *had* to have these.

    GF Subs, adds:
    After you cream the sugar, butter – you’ll need an egg for a bit more moisture, since the GF flours tend to suck it out.

    Flour Sub:
    1/2 C Coconut
    1/2 C of Bob’s Red Mill GF AP Flour
    1/2 Sorghum flour

    100% delicious.


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