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My Love Affair with Cardamom—Rose Water Infused Pistachio Cardamom Cookies


Baking with savory herbs is a new fascination of mine.  I have recently been baking with rosemary, thyme and now cardamom. These cardamom cookies are delicate and soft with just a tiny crunch factor. Chopped pistachios studded throughout the cookie with a hint of rosewater, although indeterminable if you did not know, make this cookie bloom with flavor.

Please don’t let this cat out of the bag, but I have a new love.  I am totally infatuated with my new love and I have Aarti Sequera of the Food Network to thank for formally introducing us.   Aarti is Indian, and her food is a fusion of flavors taken from her background mixed with flavors from around the world.

Until Aarti, I can honestly say that I have never had the pleasure of working with Cardamom before.  You may gasp…I would too now that I know the tantalizing spell it has over me and the beautiful, fragrant flavor it adds to many of my baked goods.

It’s hard to believe Cardamom and I are just newly introduced these last few months because I honestly feel like I’ve known it all my life…like we were meant to be together.  It was absolutely love at first sight, and now I want more.

It has made it into almost every new muffin I have come up with recently, and I lie in bed awake wondering where I can introduce it next.  My husband is currently unaware that I lie in bed dreaming of another.  Hopefully, he does not read this post.

If you want to begin a love affair with cardamom, I suggest you start with this cookie.  I was inspired by Four Clan Kitchen’s Cardamom Walnut cookie.  This pistachio cookie  is my newest addition to my cardamom recipes.  It is a delicately sweet little butter cookie with a bit of rose water, chopped pistachios and, of course, the new love of my life—cardamom.  I hope you try this recipe and get inspired to add more cardamom to your life.

P.S. I just served these to rave reviews at my office with one comment being, “This is the best cookie I’ve ever had!”   So if that does not inspire you to make these, I don’t know what will. 😉

Rose Water Infused Cardamom Pistachio Cookies
Recipe entirely from my own head, adapted from nowhere…
1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1/4 c. solid vegetable shortening  (I use a natural one from Whole Foods)
1 c. granulated sugar
2 t. grated lemon zest (no white pith, it is bitter)
1 whole large egg
2 egg yolks, large
1/2 t. rose water
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. rice flour or all purpose flour will be fine here
1 t. baking soda
1/2  t. cardamom
3/4 t. salt
3/4 c. chopped pistachio meat (shelled pistachios…buy them that way…trust me on this)

To make the cookies: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter, shortening and sugar on medium speed.  Add lemon zest and one whole egg.  Beat on medium.  Then add the yolks one at a time, beating in between each one until just incorporated.  Add the rosewater and mix on low speed to incorporate.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, salt and cardamom.  Dump 1/2 of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix on medium speed until just barely combined.  Put in the rest of the dry ingredients and mix again until all ingredients are incorporate.  Add your pistachios and fold them in with a rubber spatula.  Over mixing makes for tougher cookies.

Scoop the batter out using a small ice cream scoop onto the cookie sheet.  Bake for about 13 minutes.  I know that is pretty exact, but that’s exactly when it was done.  Look for just a touch of golden color on the outside of the cookie.  When touched it should be just very slightly firm.  Let the cookies cool on the pan for about ten minutes.  Only bake one sheet at a time.  Otherwise, you tend to burn the cookies on the bottom sheet.  That’s just how the cookie crumbles…

Enjoy these cookies with a nice hot cup of tea.  They just seem made for going with tea.  Enjoy and please let me know if you make them and what you think since this is my very own creation!

35 thoughts on “My Love Affair with Cardamom—Rose Water Infused Pistachio Cardamom Cookies

  1. You totally sooped me! I’ve been planning to make these rsewater sandwich cookies I saw a little while back. Great minds… 🙂

  2. Sister! I was just introduced to cardamom in baking a few months ago and will never forget it. It was a crumb cake but was heaven. Your cookies look heavenly and can only imagine with the pistachios, how great they taste. Will definitely be making these. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  3. Oooh.. I do love cardamon also! Combined with pistachios, yummm! I’m glad I’m not the only one who dreams and fantasizes about food 🙂 great post!

  4. These are right up my alley! As you know, I too have a thing for cardamom.


  5. These cookies really look delicious! I’ve never used cardamom or rose water in any recipes. But I will soon because I’m trying this cookie recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  6. where does one find rosewater Geni? perhaps in the baking section with things like Vanilla …. ? I’ve never seen it never mind thought to use it…. cardamom…on the other hand…I do use. Albeit the dried variety…but, still…it does add that special something….. and I love pistachios…. usually in my biscotti….

    • Rosewater is often found in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking. You may find it in your regular market in the Middle Eastern or Indian ingredients section or perhaps at a small market that caters to Indian and Middle Eastern products. I will attach a link to the rose water ingredient for Amazon. It’s very reasonably priced there if you can’t find it in a little market where you are.

  7. thanks Geni… I’ll have a look for it…..

  8. I love cardamom. It makes all the difference.
    These cookies sound incredible! Im so excited to make them. 🙂

  9. cardamom….. i dont know what sort of flavor it has actually. Oh by the way, do you think this would taste goog with chocolate? My dad will not help me make it it dosent. 🙂 lol

  10. The only time I remember rose water was used in a food item was when I was in Malaysia, they have this drink called rose bandung which is made out of rose water, milk and some pink coloring

  11. Looks totally tantalizing – very “upscale” cookies 😀

  12. Cardamom in baked goods is one of my FAVORITE savory/sweet combos! I’ve made maple caradamom cookes that you would probably LOVE.

    Given my adoration of pistachios, I’m sure these would be an instant favorite!

  13. I love Aarti too! These cookies sound amazing and so intriguing! Hopefully I can find rose water so I can make these!

  14. I am in love with your blog. I have been following you for a month or two. I love the pics, the food, the way your passion comes out when you write about your cooking.
    In every time you bake one of those amazing cakes or cupcakes or cookies I sigh with sadness. My oven broke-down and hubby dear has no time to get it fixed.
    Sigh sigh ………………….

    • Wow…what a long list of compliments! Thank you so much. I’m glad you are enjoying it…I love writing it and love baking through it so I am extra happy when someone else appreciates it! I hope you get your oven fixed SOON! I don’t know what I would do without my favorite appliance.

  15. Hey !
    Ur Official Best Friends. Thaz a gr8 complement and yes I do wish we chat more often. I just love your blog.

  16. You’re too funny ;] These cookies sound delicious. I’ve only used cardamom in a few baked goods—how do you think cardamom would taste in savoury dishes? Probably delicious, eh?

  17. Awesome. I love all of those flavors. Been using rosemary a lot myself.

  18. These cookies have all my fav ingredients…these are so packed with indian flavors which I love.Wanna make them right away.

  19. ZOMG! HAPPY PI(E) DAY!!!!


  20. Geni, I totally believe you when you mention that you got the reviews that you got 🙂 Just going through the ingredients list I can totally see why…I will have to try this one, and love the idea of rose water…just bookmarked 🙂 Have a wonderful week ahead!

  21. this sounds so wonderful! i am in love with that combo as well. thank you for sharing this post.

  22. oh what a delicious cookie flavor!

  23. Thank you for participating in the Smackdown Battle. Best of luck to you. These Rose Water infused pistachio cardamom cookies sound unique and delicious. Can’t wait to give them a try.


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  28. Wow. Just had one of your pistachio, cardamon cookies from the baksale. So good! So happy you posted the recipe. I’m excited to peruse the rest of your site. You are a talented baker & I love that you use organic ingredients.

  29. Cardamom is so addictive! It’s no wonder it has been incredibly popular for an incredibly long time in an incredibly diverse number of cultures’ incredibly diverse styles of cooking (sweet and savory).

    I’ll keep an eye on your further cardamom adventures. I never tire of the stuff.


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