Hairy Bikers cardamom cookies recipe

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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

Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Hairy Bikers' cardamom cookies make for a perfect afternoon snack, both delicious and unique in flavour and texture. 

Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers, are famous for their desserts. The two have have travelled around the world to find the best mixture of sweet and savoury flavours to bring to their recipes. And these cookies are no exception. These Mediterranean-inspired cookies feature a flavour that's a delightful mixture of eucalyptus, pepper and mint with the cardamom infusion. There's also a strong citrus edge from the lemon. While we've used floral cookie stamps in our creation, you can use whatever symbol you like - or leave them plain.


  • 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. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 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. Store the cookies in an airtight tin and eat within 7 days.

Top tips for making Hairy Bikers' cardamom cookies:

Nutmeg and cinnamon are two other spices that also pair wonderfully well with cardamom, so don't be afraid to liven things up with this recipe if you're a fan of spice.

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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.