Clove and Cardamom Spice Cookies

cook 30 mins
  • 175 g (6 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 200 g (7 oz) soft dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (or the ground seeds from 3 pods)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 325 g (11 oz) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Line 3 baking sheets with nonstick baking paper. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together with a hand-held electric whisk until light and fluffy. Add the egg and spices and beat well. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until combined.
  • Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and knead lightly until smooth. Roll out to 2–3 mm (1/ 8 inch) thick, then cut out about 30–40 shapes, such as stars, or stamp out rounds using a 6 cm (2 1/2 inch) fluted cutter.
  • Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets and bake in a preheated oven, 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 4, for 14–16 minutes until lightly golden and tinged brown around the edges. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
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