Norwegian Cardamom Cookies


Norwegians love to use cardamom in baking, especially in sweet buns like cinnamon buns, solskinsboller, and Norwegian school bread (skolebrød). But you’ll also see cardamom used sometimes in Norwegian cookies like krumkaker, or these simple cardamom butter cookies that I made over the weekend.

These Norwegian cardamom cookies are basic and perfect with an afternoon cup of tea. They also happen to be very easy to make. Though I feel I should also mention that these aren’t actually my favorite cardamom cookies. Personally I prefer these Swedish sliced cardamom cookies, which are soft and fudgy – quite different from these cardamom butter cookies.

Norwegian cardamom cookies

The only tricky part about making these cardamom cookies might be getting your hands on cardamom seeds for these cookies, as pre ground cardamom has very little flavor. I use seeds from green cardamom pods and grind them down with a mortar and pestle.

grinding cardamom seeds

To make the dough, bring all the ingredients together in a bowl, first mixing with a wooden spoon and then switching to your hands at the end.

Then roll the dough into a thick sausage. You’ll be slicing the cookies from the sausage and they don’t really spread much in the oven, so make the sausage about as thick as you want the cookies to be round.

rolling cardamom cookie dough into a sausage

After refrigerating the dough, roll it in cardamom and sugar. While doing this you can also keep rolling to ensure that the dough is as round as possible.

rolling cardamom cookie dough in cardamom and sugar

Then slice the dough into about fifteen slices and spread them out on a baking sheet. You can use your hands to reshape the cookies if they look a little lopsided. Bake until the edges are golden.

sliced cardamom cookie dough
Norwegian cardamom cookies cooling on wire rack

You can switch the recipe from US measurements to metric by clicking from “US Customary” to “Metric” under Ingredients.

Norwegian cardamom cookies

Norwegian Cardamom Cookies

These simple Norwegian cardamom cookies are buttery and not too sweet – perfect to accompany an afternoon cup of tea.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Norwegian
Keyword: cardamom, cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 15 cookies
Author: Silvia


  • 9 tbsp butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar (or extract)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom


  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cardamom


  • Cream the butter, powdered sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, and water in a mixing bowl. Add the cardamom and flour and mix until the dough comes together in a ball – you can use your hands for this.
  • Roll the dough into a sausage and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 200°C (390°F). Roll the sausage of dough in the sugar and cardamom. Slice into about 15 slices and lay on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until the edges of the cookies turn golden.


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