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Sweet and Crunchy Cardamom Saffron Cookies

  • Author: Nikki Cervone
  • Total Time: 25-27 minutes
  • Yield: 16 cookies 1x


Looking for a unique sweet treat with a fun blend of flavors? Our thin and crunchy cardamom saffron biscuits serve up spiced sophistication.


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pistachios
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg, separated, white lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon lightly crushed saffron
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt flakes, plus more for garnishing


  1. Stir together 2 teaspoons of the sugar and the pistachios in a small bowl.
  2. Put butter and remaining sugar into the bowl on an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until combined. Add egg yolk and vanilla; beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add flour, cardamom, saffron, and salt. Mix until just smooth. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  3. Sprinkle a flat work surface lightly with flour. Transfer the dough to the prepared surface. With a floured rolling pin, roll out a rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. Use a 2-inch square cookie cutter to cut about 16 squares. You can also use a knife or a pizza wheel. Re-roll any scraps, and cut one more time before discarding any remaining dough.
  4. Carefully transfer the cut pieces to two baking sheets lined with silicone mats or parchment paper, leaving a little space between each square. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove the trays from the fridge. Brush each cookie with egg white. Sprinkle with the pistachio mixture and a little sea salt.
  6. Bake until firm and edges are pale golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-12 mintues
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: cardamom, pistachio, saffron, cookie, holidaybaking