Soft and sweet cookies with beautiful flavor from cardamom and a hint of coffee. They're a wonderful snack, dessert, or gift!
One thing that I love about my Simple Butter Cookies is how many ways there are to change them up. They can be frosted, sandwiched with fillings like Nutella, or they can hold flavors like dried fruit, bright extracts, and citrus zest. (Like in these Lime Butter Cookie Balls!)
In this latest variation, Coffee Cardamom Snowball Cookies hold a delectable blend of cardamom and coffee! Rolled up in sugar, they're melty, sweet without being overly sweet, and have lovely hints of the spice and brew inside.
Why you'll love these treats
This is a wonderfully easy dough to pull together, and since it needs a chill you can make it in advance if you want.
Little scoops of dough get rolled up and baked, before getting two coatings of powdered sugar. We really like these cookies with a cup of coffee (just can't get enough coffee, I guess,) or for a light dessert. They're also great to give as a gift!
🔪 How to make Coffee Cardamom Snowball Cookies
Step 1: Make the dough
Mix together butter, sugar, and coffee, then add in the flour and spice to make a soft cookie dough. Chill it for 30 minutes.
Step 2: Make the cookie balls and bake
Scoop and roll one-inch cookie dough balls, then bake them.
Step 3: Roll in sugar
As soon as the cookies come out, roll them in confectioner's sugar and place them on a cooling rack.
Step 4: Roll in sugar again!
Once the cookies are cool, roll them in a second coating of confectioner's sugar. They're ready to eat and they store well for up to 5 days!
Remember to allow at least 30 minutes for the cookie dough to chill. This helps the cookies keep their shape when baking, and prevents the butter from melting out of the dough.
Alright, ready to give these sweet little cookies a try? Yeah, you are!
The recipe for Coffee Cardamom Snowball Cookies is below, but first here are a few other sweet treats you can consider!
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Coffee Cardamom Snowball Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 2 tablespoons strong, brewed coffee (let it cool to room temperature)
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour, unbleached
- 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon salt
To coat cookies:
- 2-3 cups confectioner's sugar
Make cookie dough:
- Preheat oven to 325° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut the butter into chunks. Place the butter and the 1 cup of confectioner's sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat the ingredients together on high speed for three minutes.
- Add in the strong coffee to the bowl and mix it in.
- Add in the flour, cardamom, and salt: mix them in on low speed, scraping once or twice, and continue only until the dough just comes together.
- Remove the dough and squeeze it together a few times by hand. Flatten the dough into a disk. Wrap in plastic and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Make the cookie balls:
- Place the 2-3 cups of confectioner's sugar in a bowl and hold it aside - you'll use this to coat the cookies when they come out of the oven. Have a cooling rack ready as well.
- Use a teaspoon: scoop a teaspoon of dough and roll it between your hands into a ball about 1 inch in diameter. Place it on the lined cookie sheet. Continue until you fill the baking sheet, leaving about 1½ inches between dough balls.
- Bake the cookies for 18 minutes: they should be lightly browned on the bottom. Remove the pan from the oven.
- Roll each baked cookie in confectioner's sugar, then place it on a cooling rack.
- Continue making cookie balls, baking them, and coating them in sugar until they're all done.
Coat them in sugar - again:
- Once the cookies are cool (15-20 minutes) roll each one a second time in confectioner's sugar.
- Store the double-coated, cooled cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- Makes about 75 cookies.
- Remember to allow at least 30 minutes for the cookie dough to chill. This helps the cookies keep their shape when baking, and prevents the butter from melting out of the dough.