Orange Cardamom Cookies are soft & chewy, packed with warm citrus flavors! This cardamom cookie is a unique and incredible dessert that’s perfect for the holidays!
These cardamom orange cookies have a delightful and surprising flavor, this spice is not as common as others but it should be! Making this cardamom cookie recipe is so simple too, we use a boxed cake mix and add additional ingredients to add more amazing taste.
Orange Cardamom Cookies
Cardamom is an ingredient all too often overlooked, but it is right up there next to allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon with its unique flavor profile and warmth. Adding a herbal taste to anything it graces, these cookies go from dessert table to Sunday afternoon brunch so easily. The natural herbal flavor that you get from cardamom match perfectly with the bright and sunny citrus taste you get from an orange. These two flavors we are practically made for each other for these cake mix crinkle cookies.
Why you’ll enjoy these Cardamom Orange Cookies
While we think the cardamom flavor really is the star of the show, it’s not the only reason to make these cookies. Check out these three reasons why we think you’ll love this recipe!
- Made with boxed cake mix. We make orange supreme cake mix cookies and add the spices and other ingredients to the dry mix. This makes whipping up a batch of these cookies very easy!
- You can enjoy them any time of day. These cookies are excellent with a cold glass of lemonade in the afternoon, after dinner with milk, or with your morning coffee. They have a wonderful subtle spiced flavor to them that goes well for dessert or a snack.
- They are not too sweet. While cookies rolled in powdered sugar might sound like a sweetness overload waiting to happen, these cookies are actually a wonderful balance of sweetness and bright flavors. They are a great balance to the cardamom spice that levels out the sweet flavor.
What does Cardamom taste like?
Cardamom, when baked into a cookie, adds a bright citrus flavor with a bit of a bite, like ginger. I’d say the closest flavor profile is that of allspice. It adds a bit of extra spice flavor that just makes delicious baked goods!
Cardamom Cookie Ingredients
Orange cake mix: You will need 1 15.25 ounce sized box of orange flavored cake mix for the base of these cookies. I used Duncan Hines Perfectly Moist Orange Supreme cake mix.
Vegetable oil: Use ⅓ cup of vegetable oil to help give these cookies needed fats to stay moist. You can use olive oil if you prefer.
Eggs: Use 2 eggs to bind the cookie dough together well.
Vanilla extract: For added flavor enhancement, add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Orange zest: Adding in 1 teaspoon of orange zest will make these cookies have a nice fresh taste in every bite.
Cardamom: You will want to use 1 teaspoon of dried cardamom for a lovely flavor addition to these cookies.
Powdered sugar: Use about ½ cup of powdered sugar to roll the cookies in before baking for that crinkle appearance.
How to Make Orange Cardamom Cookies
Start by combining the dry cake mix, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, orange zest, and cardamom in a large mixing bowl and mix using an electric hand mixer.
Continue to mix on medium speed until the ingredients have been combined and no more streaks of dry cake mix remain. You can mix by hand with a wooden spoon or whisk if preferred.
Proceed to cover the bowl in plastic wrap and place it into the fridge, chill for 60 minutes.
When the dough has chilled for 60 minutes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Then, line a baking sheet with some parchment paper or a silicone mat and set it aside.
Pour the powder sugar into a small bowl to roll the cookie dough in.
Scoop the dough
Using a medium sized cookie dough scoop, scoop the dough into 1 ½ tablespoon sized balls.
Next, roll each dough ball into the powdered sugar, covering it completely. Then place onto your prepared baking sheet at least 2 inches apart so there is room for the cookies to spread.
Bake and cool
Proceed to bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until the edges look set and the tops are crinkled. We like to bake ours for exactly 11 minutes.
Let the cookies cool on the pan for 3-4 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.
Once the cookies have cooled completely, serve and enjoy!
How long are orange cardamom cookies good for?
After these cookies have been baked and cooled completely, you can keep them stored in an airtight container for 2 days at room temperature. Or you can keep them stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Can I omit the cardamom?
Cardamom spice might not be accessible and it’s ok. If you can’t find it, omit it. If you want to try these cookies, I do encourage finding the spice because it brings a hint of earthy flavor to the cookie, and the predominant flavor is orange, which is perfect for any occasion.
Why do I have to chill the dough?
When chilling the dough, the cookie won’t spread too much. Warm dough when making cookies will make the cookie spread more. You can even make the dough, put in an airtight container, and cook the following day. I would not go more than 24 hours in the fridge.
Can you Freeze Cookies?
I love freezing cookies! There are 2 ways I prefer to freeze them. The first is by freezing the unbaked cookie dough balls. I scoop & shape the balls round with my hands, then freeze them in 1 layer on a cookie sheet. You can position them as close together as possible without touching. Freeze, then once solid, transfer them to a ziplock freezer bag. Then you can pull them out and bake them whenever you want! You’ll want to either let them thaw on a cookie sheet while preheating the oven, or add a couple minutes to the bake time to compensate for frozen cookie dough.
The second way is to just freeze the baked cookies. My mother in law does this ALL the time. They turn out pretty well, albeit a tiny bit drier and more crumbly once thawed. Oh and you’ve got to make sure you thaw them. Frozen cookies are pretty hard to eat. Thankfully, they only take about 20 minutes or so to thaw out.
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You are going to want this orange cardamom cookie recipe all year long. Packed with bright and refreshing citrus flavors and a wonderful herbal earthy taste of cardamom in every bite these cookies are perfect for any season or occasion.