Hairy Bikers cardamom cookies recipe

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The Hairy Bikers cardamom cookies take 10 minutes to prepare and only use six ingredients.

Hairy Bikers cardamom cookies
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Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories157 Kcal8%
Sugars6.6 g7%
Saturated Fat10.2 g51%
Protein2 g4%
Fat10.2 g15%
Carbohydrates14 g5%

The Hairy Bikers cardamom cookies are gently spiced and are easy to make with kids if you need a cheap activity to do at home.

Once you’ve mastered our easy chocolate chip cookies, try these lightly spiced cookies from the Hairy Bikers.

Si and Dave say: “We discovered that cardamom is a really popular spice in Norway, used in many cake and biscuit recipes. Some say the spice was first brought back to the country hundreds of years ago by Vikings who worked as mercenaries in what was now Istanbul.”


  • 225g butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 250g plain flour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 3 tsp ground cardamom or 1 heaped tsp cardamom seeds, ground in a pestle and mortar




  1. Heat the oven to 190C (170C fan, Gas 5). Line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment.
  2. Using an electric hand-whisk, beat the butter, sugar and lemon zest together in a large bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in the flour, almonds and cardamom until the mixture is well combined and comes together to form a stiff dough.
  3. Roll the dough into 24 balls and place 12 on each baking tray – make sure you leave space between each one. Press each cookie with a cookie stamp or the bottom of a glass to flatten and leave decorative indentations in the dough.
  4. Bake a tray at a time for 12–14 minutes until the cookies are pale golden brown. Leave them to cool on the tray for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. They will crisp up as they cool.

Top tips for making the Hairy Bikers cardamom cookies:

The stamps add a really simple and effective bit of decoration but don’t worry if you can’t get hold of any. They will still taste great! You could also make them using a biscuit press. Si and Dave explain: “They’ll be about half the size, so cook them for 10-12 minutes instead.”

Is ground cardamom better than cardamom seeds?

Although ground cardamom is more convenient, you’ll achieve a better flavour if you have some to de-seed some pods and grind the powder yourself.

What flavours go well with cardamom in baking?

Si and Dave use lemon but you could swap for orange zest instead. Vanilla is another complimentary flavour and a pinch of ground cinnamon and ginger will add a little more warming spice to the overall flavour of the cookies. 

How do you store the Hairy Bikers cardamom cookies?

Store the cookies in an airtight tin and eat within 7 days. The raw dough can be frozen if tightly wrapped for up to a month. Slice off portions of the dough and bake from frozen, adding 2-5 minutes to the cook time. 

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“If you don’t have any cookie stamps but still want to add a little design to the top, I would dip a fork in a little flour and gently press the fronds all the way around the edge of each cookie to press a little line pattern.”

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Si and Dave travelled all over Europe and have put together some of the tastiest recipes from their travels. There’s a collection of sweet and savoury bakes including some easy breads, pastries and cakes.

We have lots more Hairy Bikers recipes for you to explore but if you need more sweet inspiration, try our sugar cookies recipe. These vanilla cookies are also tasty and easy to make.  

Hairy Bikers

Simon King and David Myers are the fantastic duo that make up the Hairy Bikers and are best known as Si and Dave. The Hairy Bikers have several cookbooks published including How to Love Food and Lose Weight and Eat for Life. Hairy Biker recipes are always triple tested and try to be as fuss-free as possible so you can trust the timings. Si and Dave have also had several hit cooking shows as they remain as one of the UK’s favourite cookery duos.

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