Sandkakor Cardamom Cookies

December 27, 2010

Did you make the Cardamom Crumb Cake? Did you enjoy it? Of course you did! May I suggest that you branch out and try another sweet recipe made with cardamom?

These are unassuming on the outside…

…and oh, so light and delicate on the inside. Take a whiff…can you smell the butter and cardamom? No? Well maybe you should make these for yourself!

These delicious cookies are served with tea at the American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin.  Their official name is Sandkakor Cookies, but I always call them Cardamom Cookies. When I asked my family what they’d like me to bake for Christmas, my mom mentioned these cookies. It’s been a few years since I made them and I had forgotten how delicious they are.

You can find the recipe here.


  • The recipe doesn’t specify salted or unsalted butter. I’m sure that I made them with salted butter in the past. This time I used unsalted and added a tiny bit more salt.
  • These puff up a lot, so make the balls small. I made half the recipe and got 24 cookies. Below is a photo of what they looked like before baking. These are delicate tea cookies, so you don’t want to make them too large.


  1. What a great sounding recipe! I love cardamom but I’ve only used it in a rhubarb compote so I’m psyched to try it in something else!

  2. Yum…I’d love to make those for my mother in law, who is Swedish and loves anything with cardamom. Of course I have to make the cardamom crumb cake first…

  3. Jill, we loved the cardamom crumb cake at my house and I definitely want to bake more treats with it. Thanks for posting this yummy-looking recipe.

  4. I’m ready for more cardamom – after my loaves (great pick)! These look equally as delicious! Happy Holidays!

  5. Sometimes the lowliest looking sweets are the best. These sound good!

  6. I haven’t had these in ages. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  7. This looks like a keeper of a recipe, Jill. I will definitely have to try them.
    I wanted to wish you a healthful and happy new year and tell you how much I do enjoy your blog, even though I don’t always leave comments. You and Michele are two of my favorite bakers!
    All the best for a great new year and season of baking!

  8. These look amazingly delicious…and a fabulous way to use up some of my cardamom! I love how puffy they are!

  9. Cardamom is one of my favorite spices. These look so tasty–I definitely want to try them.

  10. I know you’re a big cardamom fan, so I shouldn’t be surprised you made these. Sometimes delicate little cookies like this are the perfect treat!

  11. Lovely cookies!! Happy New Year!! – mary the food librarian

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