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Cardamom Rose Sugar Cookies

Oh how I have missed this little corner of mine on the Internet. I’ve been baking a lot this year, working on my photography, and thinking about what I want to be doing next. I still don’t know what it looks like, but it definitely involves bringing this blog back and taking things to the next level.

You know what else took things to the next level? These cardamom rose sugar cookies. I am IN LOVE. Like ridiculously in love.

Imagine a delicious cardamom sugar cookie that’s got this slightly buttery, crisp, not overly sweet, and slightly spicy/floral spice from the ground cardamom seeds, paired with a delicious floral rosewater glaze on top sprinkled with rose petals because what else could be more perfect and beautiful? And delicious. Because I can’t use that word enough when describing these cookies.

Cardamom is my favorite spice in the world and we use it a lot in Swedish baking, so it’s something that just tastes like home to me.

With Valentine’s Day coming up next week, I know that these would be a hit with everyone. They’re heart-shaped, have a subtle rose flavor, and they’ve got actual flowers on them that you can eat. If you’ve got plans with a special someone, a Galentine’s Day party, or just want to share the love with some coworkers – bring these cookies along.

If you don’t have edible rose petals or don’t want to use them, they’re also great with sprinkles and edible glitter or just with the plain glaze.

Last year, I participated in the Cookies for Cancer with these peanut butter and chocolate ganache sandwich cookies. So this year, I knew I definitely wanted to sign up again – especially when it involves raising money for pediatric cancer.

This is the third year for our Valentine’s event! We want to make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Did you know that cancer is the #1 cause of death of children by disease in the U.S.? There are 40,000 U.S. children actively battling cancer right now. With less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget going to all childhood cancer combined, I knew it was important for me to get involved again this year.

Help us make a difference by donating to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer! Our goal is to raise at least $3000. Because these three companies: Dixie Crystals, Mediavine and OXO have each pledged to match our donations raised through this campaign up to $3000!

Thanks to many of you, we have reached our goal. You can still donate and help us make an even bigger difference!

Donate here.

Cardamom Rose Sugar Cookies

For the sugar cookies:

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulate sugar
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon rose water, optional *
1 teaspoon cardamom seeds, freshly ground *
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

For the glaze:

1 ½ cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons rose water
1 ½ teaspoons light corn syrup
1-2 teaspoons milk or water


1. If you can’t find cardamom seeds, you can replace that with just 1 ½ teaspoons ground cardamom from the store.
2. If you’d like a little more rose flavor, add up to 2 teaspoons rose water to the cookie dough, depending on your preference.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar, starting on low. Once butter and sugar are starting to mix, increase to medium speed. Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and freshly ground cardamom. Mix to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly mix flour mixture into the cookie dough until just combined. Dough will be a little loose but will come together when you press it together.

On a floured surface, pour out the cookie dough and knead until it comes together. Roll the dough out until it’s about ¼-inch thick. Cut out cookies using cookie cutters and place on the prepared cookie sheets, about 1-2 inches apart.

Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 5-10 minutes and then bake directly for 9-12 minutes, or until the edges have just started to turn a light golden brown. Let cookies cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack.

Once cookies are completely cool, prepare the glaze. In a medium sized bowl, sift or whisk out any chunks from the powdered sugar. Add in the rosewater and corn syrup, whisking mixture together. Add in milk or water until you reach your desired glaze consistency. I used about 1 teaspoon to get my glaze to be thick but also easily spreadable and not runny. Glaze cookies. Sprinkle them with rose petals, sprinkles, or leave them plain and let the glaze harden on the cookies for a few hours.

Check out some of the other fantastic Valentine’s themed recipes from this year!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Læsø Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies from Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Meyer Lemon Cookies from Linda of Simply Healthyish Recipes
Soft & Chewy Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Allie of Miss Allie’s Kitchen
Small Batch Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe from Faith of An Edible Mosaic
Chocolate Madeleines from Caroline of Caroline’s Cooking
Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats from Bree of Baked Bree
Tiger Butter Candy from Melissa of MamaGourmand
Valentine’s Day Gluten Free Sugar Cookies from Brianna of Flippin’ Delicious
Chocolate Spritz Sandwich Cookies from Carlee of Cooking With Carlee
Pink Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies from Jenn of Ever After in the Woods
French Butter Cookies from Rebekah of Kitchen Gidget
Brown Sugar M&M Cookies from Sara of Imperfectly Balanced Sara
mini rose cookies from Meaghan of the decorated cookie
Raspberry Linzer Cookies from Stephie of Stephie Cooks
Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting from Coleen of The Redhead Baker
Lemon Poppyseed Cookies from Becca of Two Places at Once
Warn Dark Chocolate Melting Cups from Lisa of Snack Girl
Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies from Jessica of A Kitchen Addiction
Cherry Cordial Bundt Cake from Carolann of Apron Warrior
Nutella Stuffed Cookies from Allison of Celebrating Sweets
Strawberry Pudding Cookies from Holly of A Baker’s House
Slice and Bake Whirligig Cookies from Laura of Untwisted Vintage
Raspberry Strawberry Cookies from Heather of Delicious Not Gorgeous
Chocolate Strawberry Hand Pie from Trang of Wild Wild Whisk
White Chocolate Cashew Cranberry Cookies from Brittany of Diary of a Southern Mrs.
The Best Potato Chip Cookies Recipe from Marybeth of Babysavers
Darth Vader Valentine’s Day Hug Cookies to Support Cookies for Kid’s Cancer from Jenn of justJENN recipes
Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies with Jam from Lisa of Garlic & Zest
Sprinkled Chocolate Shortbread Heart Cookies from Lisa of Blogghetti
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from Dee of Meatloaf and Melodrama
Homemade Salted Nut Rolls from Shaina of Food for My Family
Valentine Sugar Cookie Cups from Melissa of Persnickety Plates
Chocolate Dipped Cashew Butter Cookies from Ashley of Fit Mitten Kitchen
Chocolate Vanilla Striped Shortbread Cookies from Denise of Chez Us
Pineapple Coconut Bar Cookies from Barbara of Barbara Bakes
Chocolate Raspberry Roll-Ups from Sue of It’s Okay to Eat the Cupcake
Raspberry and Rose Meringue Parfaits from Michelle of Cup of Zest
Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies from Jade of Jonesin’ For Taste
Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies from Emilie of Finding Zest
Chocolate Mousse Cups from Miranda of Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Grain-Free Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart from Gretchen of kumquat
Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from Sara of My Imperfect Kitchen
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie from Angela of About A Mom
Honey Pistachio Shortbread from Megan of Stetted
Red Velvet Oreo Cheesecake Cookies from Nicole of For the Love of Food
Chewy Coconut Macaroon Hearts (Gluten Free) from Taryn of Hot Pan Kitchen
Chocolate Peanut Butter Valentine’s Cookies from Becca of The Salted Cookie
Chocolate Caramel Pie from Stefanie of Mommy Musings
Gluten-Free Red Velvet Brownies {Dairy-Free} from Audrey of Mama Knows Gluten Free
Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes from Erica of The Crumby Kitchen
Dark Chocolate Bourbon Coconut Cream Mousse from Lisa of Taste Cook Sip
Maple Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Jamie of Southern Revivals
Red Velvet Mini Layer Cakes from Gwynn of Swirls of Flavor
The Best Potato Chip Cookies Recipe from Marybeth of babysavers
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Kara of Kara in the Kitchen
Brown Sugar Snickerdoodles from Kristin of On the Home Front
Valentine’s Gummy Hearts from April of April Golightly
Cocoa Sweet Dough Hearts from TammyJo of The Chocolate Cult
Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookie Cutouts from Susannah of Feast + West
Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies from Denise of addicted 2 recipes
Shortbread Cookie Recipe from Raquel of Organized Island
Brown Butter Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies from Samantha of Haute Pepper Bites
Iced Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles from Nina of Crazy for Cookies and More

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