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Brown Sugar Cardamom Snickerdoodles

Posted in Desserts, Favourites by janet @ the taste space on July 23, 2013

Brown Sugar Cardamom Snickerdoodles

With a name like “Brown Sugar Cardamom Snickerdoodles”, you might think I was creative in the kitchen.

The joke’s on you because, I just worked with what I left in my pantry while I was still in Toronto.

Without any chocolate in the house, I had to turn to non-chocolate dessert options for our going-away party. I knew I was going to make baklava, since I had planned to make it a few months ago and had all the ingredients (mostly). Plus it would be a treat for my parents who came up to help us pack and move.

But I wanted to make something else, too. I perused Isa’s blog for inspiration: Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles. However, I had no white sugar and not all of the chai spices…. but I still had brown sugar. I was not entirely sure whether it would work, so I googled brown sugar snickerdoodles. I came across Joe Yonan’s Cardamom-Brown Sugar Snickerdoodles. Brown sugar would work, it seemed. And my lack of spices would not be a deterrent, either: I had cardamom. However, Joe’s recipe was not vegan so I tweaked Isa’s recipe with my pantry subs.

And of course, while baking seems so simple, I definitely prefer the ease of raw desserts. As I made this, I was scratching my head wondering what to do with the clumpy brown sugar that was not dissolving. Heating it was a possibility but I wasn’t sure that would still work since I had already added it to the liquids. I consulted the Mom guru midway during my baking escapades. If the sugar had not been added yet, she suggested microwaving the brown sugar. Since I had already added the liquids, she had another fantastic idea: pulverize it with a blender. Since I already dirtied my vitamix to make homemade cashew milk for the cookies, it was easy to blend away the clumps, too. Worked like a charm.

Some of the comments from Isa’s recipe implied the dough could be very sticky to work with. Mine was not sticky in the slightest. Easy to work with, flatten as balls and roll in a cardamom-spiked brown sugar coating. I used large crystal Demerara-style brown sugar for the coating and saved the clumpy brown sugar for the cookie.

And the verdict? You will have to rely on Rob’s judgment. My Mom does not hold too much faith in Rob’s opinions of my food (is he really biased?) but trust me, there are plenty of things he does not like and he will tell me so. Around the same time, Rob was gifted with local maracons. However, they were very fragile and slightly smooshed during transport. After he tried a snickerdoodle fresh from the oven, he told me it was better than the macarons! They were smooshed macarons, but still, they were macarons, nonetheless. These cookies were crispy on the outside, soft on the inside with a sweet caramel flavour thanks to the brown sugar with a hint of exotic cardamom.

And if Rob’s opinion is not enough, let’s just say the cookies were demolished within minutes at the party. Granted, I served them before the pizza had arrived… and no one had issues with cookies as an appetizer.

Creativity out of necessity. I like it. And so did Rob. :)

Brown Sugar Cardamom Snickerdoodles

This is my submission to this month’s Bookmarked Recipes.

Brown Sugar Cardamom Snickerdoodles
Adapted from Post Punk Kitchen

1/4 cup Demerara brown sugar
1 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp non-dairy milk (I used homemade cashew milk)
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt

2 cups spelt flour (or all-purpose flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cardamom

1. In a small bowl, combine the Demerara brown sugar with 1 tsp cardamom and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350F.

3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine canola oil, brown sugar, maple syrup, non-dairy milk, vanilla and salt. Mix until sugar is dissolved. If you have troubles with clumpy sugar, blend it with a blender (my Vitamix was great).

4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and 1 tsp cardamom. Stir into wet mixture and stir to combine. Roll dough into 1-2 tbsp sized balls, flatten to become 2″ discs and roll in the cardamom-brown sugar mixture. Place onto 2 silpat-lined cookie sheets, placed 2″ apart. If you have time, chill cookies for 30 minutes in the fridge (or 15 minutes in the freezer). Bake cookies at 350F for 10-12 minutes until slightly brown. Remove from oven, let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Makes 24 cookies.

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  1. Rob said, on July 23, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    It’s true! These cookies were awesome!

    And, yes, I do have some biases :P

  2. Johanna GGG said, on July 23, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    I am impressed at you baking with what you had and with cookies as appetisers. And I think I would love these cookies.

    I am a little confused at the sugar you call brown sugar – I have always called brown sugar the sandy sort of sugar and if it is crystalised and brown I call it raw sugar. I did actually think that rolling the snickerdoodles in brown sugar sounded odd (and pulverising brown sugar seemed really odd) until I read your description of the sugar.

  3. sarojinididi said, on July 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Awesome! I love cardamom especially in sweet things :) Will try this… PS: you might like our cardamom oat cookies over at http://www.theypogivegetarian.blogspot.com- they’re great with chai!http://theyogivegetarian.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/muesli-cookie-squares-vegan.html

  4. sprint2thetable said, on July 23, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    I think cookies are the perfect appetizer! Some of my best dishes come out of the “use everything up” mentality. And from consulting with my mom. Mom’s have the best ideas. :)

  5. emmycooks said, on July 23, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Yum! This combination sounds even better than the real thing. I love cardamom.

  6. coconutandberries said, on July 23, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    These look super super tasty. Just a little creativity and you can usually make the ingredients you have on hand work :) I should remember that when I decide I have to have one specific ingredient for a dish…

  7. Joanne said, on July 23, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    The cardamom is such a fun snickerdoodle twist! I love how you just worked with what you had and came up with something super delicious!

  8. Hannah said, on July 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Fricking looooooove cardamom.

  9. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts said, on July 24, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    I am in love with cardamom at the moment, so I am very in favour of these!

  10. Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes said, on July 25, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Yum! I’ve recently been converted to cardamom in baking and I’m fairly sure I have all of these ingredients in my cupboard. I find that sometimes the best dishes come out of throwing together the odds and ends that are left behind.

  11. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on July 25, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Creativity out of necessity, I like it! I also like cardamom in sweet things. I would have no problem helping you polish off a batch of these :)

  12. Jac -Tinned Tomatoes (@tinnedtoms) said, on August 2, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Oh yes please Janet. I am in love with cardamom after making mango lassi recently, a lot! I added cinnamon too. Delicious! Thanks for adding them to this month’s Bookmarked Recipes. The roundup is live.

  13. meghan rose said, on August 18, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Janet – these are the best cookies ever! I am so insanely happy you put the recipe here because now I will make them every day and eat them every day. Geoff and Tesfa agree.

    I cannot stress how awesome these cookies are. Amazing.

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  18. Tracy said, on December 16, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    I made this recipe last night (and it turned out great) but the ingredients and instructions have a possible error in them. Listed twice is 1 tsp cardamom. Once at the top of the list with the brown sugar to combine and then at the very bottom of the list with the dry ingredients. Instruction #4 says to combine the flour and baking soda and nowhere else is another tsp of cardamom mentioned. I went ahead and added a teaspoon of it into the dry ingredients cause we LOVE cardamom but you may want to edit and fix this posting.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on December 16, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      Hi Tracy, Thank you for your feedback. Like you (as a cardamom lover), I added the cardamom twice – to the brown sugar coating and the dry ingredients. I edited the instructions to reflect this. Glad you liked them, too. :)


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