The Hairy Bikers’ cardamom and lemon stamped cookies recipe

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makes: 24
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 15 min
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  • On their travels for cookery show The Hairy Bikers Bakeation, Si and Dave sampled some of the best baking in Europe. Here they share their recipe for Norwegian-inspired cookies


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


    • Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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. Store the cookies in an airtight tin and eat within 7 days.

    Top tip for making The Hairy Bikers’ cardamom and lemon stamped cookies

    You can also make these cookies using a biscuit press. They’ll be about half the size, so cook them for 10–12 minutes instead.

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