Since the HCB assignment this week had peanut butter in it, which I am allergic to, I decided that I would take the week off. However, after seeing my fellow bakers’ comments about Chocolate Genoise Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Ganache, I am seriously thinking that I will have to bake the chocolate genoise after all.
In the meantime, I thought I would share a photo of some cookies I made a few weeks ago. This is my interpretation of Martha Stewart’s Spiced Cardamom Cookies. I’ve had these cookies on my Must Try list ever since I saw them in her Holiday issue two years ago. I know, it is pathetic that it has taken me this long to get them done. In my defense, however, I just haven’t had a lot of spare time due to the job I have had and I have also been dealing with some challenges in my life for almost that same amount of time. So now that I am working a job that can be “left at the office,” and I have finally accepted the fact that I am going to be learning patience with these trials for the unforeseen future, I decided to try them.
Now I do have to state for the record that Martha Stewart and I have a love/hate relationship. Some of her recipes are great, and some of them just really do not work. This one, however, is a definite keeper. The dough was easy to mix up and also to work with. I used an impression mat that I have for fondant. It’s not quite as nice as Martha’s but it worked out okay. The cookies went together quite quickly and I think it would be a fun project for kids to do. See Martha’s recipe here.
The squirrel cookie cutter is made by Marimekko and I bought it last winter when I was in Minnesota. I thought it was the perfect cutter to use for fall and went really great with the walnut cookies (also seen on Martha Stewart but I used the recipe from House on the Hill.) (You can find the walnut recipe here. Since I made these cookies for some children that can not have nuts, I filled them with chocolate buttercream.)
The cookies turned out great and my family has already requested that I make them again. If you are looking for something fun and unique, definitely give these a try!
i remember that recipe! i tore it out to keep but i haven’t made it yet either. glad to hear they were good. i also have a love/hate with martha’s recipes.
Hi! I think you should make the chocolate genoise..just don’t add the peanut butter into the ganache! I’m sure it will taste as just good! 😀 Wow..i have to try this spiced cardamon cookies..i wonder if it will taste good after it’s iced?
I love cardamom! It’s my favorite spice! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cookie recipe with it.
Julie, Those cookies are AMAZING. My kids are still talking about them.
Also, have you ever thought of substituting soy butter for peanut butter? I’ve done it for cookies before, and I can hardly tell the difference. Just a thought…
YUMMY!! They are so cute!
These sound amazing. Cardamom is one of my favorite flavors in the whole world.