Today we had the fun task of taking the kids to see Santa.  This was the first year we actually got the picture we went for.  Our little one over the past 2 years would happily get dressed up to see Santa but at the last moment (after waiting for more than an hour and a half ) would have a screaming fit that involved sliding off Santa’s lap onto the floor while screeching as though a bear attack would soon be upon her.  Sigh.

So even though she is three years old our recent pictures are still only of our oldest child with Santa….until today.  Today, our wee one was so excited I knew we would finally have a picture of her all dressed up with Santa.  It went exactly as we had hoped…FINALLY.  A photo we will treasure!!!  The only tears this time came from me.  I was so proud of her!  The line was almost 2 hours long….filled with children who were not yet ready to sit on Santa’s lap.  There was screaming…lot’s of screaming.  Poor Santa.  I bet Santa goes home and has a cocktail or two….

My Mother-in-law’s sweetheart has taken very ill and she will be leaving before the holiday to go and be with him up in Canada. This will be the first Christmas without her in so many years!  We are so sad to see her go but we understand her need to be with him during his time of need.  Don’t worry, he will be fine but is hurting at the moment.  He suffered a perforated bleeding ulcer.  He was in terrible pain.  My kids are pretty upset about Grandma leaving because they don’t really understand that they are in fact NOT the center of the entire universe just mine.  It will be fine….I will command them to not make my Mother-in-law feel worse about this and hope it works.  If it doesn’t work I will blame the rude behavior on their Father and hope she forgets about it while she is still at the airport distracted by over zealous security and trying to keep the germs off of her bare feet while her shoes are scanned for bombs.  Sigh….

It’s such a fun time of year but I am already taking a long hard look at the goals I set for myself last year and seeing how close I came to meeting them.  I did not meet all of my goals (big shock) but did pretty well over all.  I am already looking at my new list….I am really excited!  More about that in another post.

Let’s bake some more goodies!!!

Cardamom Palmier Cookies ~ Tamatha Mavraides

For the dough recipe please click here.

Once the dough is rested and ready to roll, cut it in half and make these wonderful palmiers!!!

In a small bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of white sugar with 1 up to 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cardamom.  Combine well with a whisk.  Set aside for a moment.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees.

Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of the cardamom sugar onto your work surface.  Roll the dough (1/2 of the dough recipe) out using the sugar to keep the dough from sticking as you would flour.  The rolling should embed the sugar into the dough. It’s important that the dough keep moving.  You want to roll into as close to a rectangle as you can. Add more sugar to the top of the dough so the rolling embeds both sides with sugar.


Once the dough is rolled out to about an 1/8th inch thick, sprinkle more sugar over it evenly.  Roll half the dough from the bottom toward the center.  Roll the other half from the top toward the center.  When the two rolls meet stack one on the other.

Cut the roll into 1/4″ slices and lay out on the cookie sheet.  Sprinkle lightly with more of the sugar.  Repeat until you have filled the tray leaving about and inch and a half between each cookie.

Bake until the cookies are well caramelized.  You can flip them over once during baking when the cookies are about 2/3rds baked.  This gives you even color.  You want deep golden brown not light brown.

Cool the cookies until the sugar hardens and platter them up. If you are adding these to a cookie tray or gift box they are terrific.   They are crispy and absolutely scrumptious!!!!  The cardamom is wonderful.  They are addictive, I warn you now!  Thank goodness calories don’t count during the holidays….they do count?  Well that explains a few things….






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9 Responses to The Holiday Collection ~ Cardamom Palmier Cookies…so so good!!

  1. Charlotte Moore says:

    When I clicked for the recipe it went to the English Toffee recipe. Is it the same recipe just made different in the end?

    I have never used cardamom that I can remember.

    I found out that Darlene of North GA is only 50 miles from me. Small world.

    So sorry your mother in law got some bad news. Hope he will be alright.

    • Tamatha says:

      Yes, the dough from the English toffee spirals is used to make these palmiers. It’s very verities dough. You can make lots of goodies with it.

      Cardamom is a common spices used in Sweden for baking. It’s warm and lovely. That bottle I took a picture of cost $8.99. So it’s not inexpensive but I bake with it often. It’s really very very good. I hope you try it. I think you will find yourself adding a bit here and there.

      Thank you for you well wishes. My mother-in-law is really worried about him. But he is quite stable and already on the mend.

  2. yolanda says:

    yum yum! looks great! I am going to make the empanads maybe for xmas eve going to nikki and I know thy will love them me too. will let you know how it comes out.there going to love me (ha ha)

  3. Karen says:

    Ooooo, those cookies sound delicious! I’ve never used cardamom either, but love trying new spices. But I am really, really excited about making your empanadas. We LOVE the Jamaican spicy beef pies – but I always thought they would be too difficult to try. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Barb says:

    these are delicious!! when i first started making them i was like, oh, this smells like a pine tree – but i persevered and was rewarded!! you really have to keep an eye on them as i timed the first baking and then used the that time for the second and the second batch were very dark. they taste a bit burnt, however i still like them! thank you for a great cardamom cookie recipe, i scoured the internet for one and chose yours; i love the way they look.

  5. Krysten Collier says:

    Alternately, people may also use the term bleeding ulcer to refer to a lesion that either perforates (creates a hole in the intestine) or penetrates (creates a hole in the intestine and a nearby organ). Perforation may either fill the abdomen with material from the gastrointestinal tract or it can block another part of the intestine and lead to gastrointestinal obstruction. Penetration may have different symptoms depending upon the related organ that it affects. Symptoms of either of these conditions can include extreme stomach panic, vomiting blood, passing black colored stools, or matter that looks like coffee grounds. If an obstruction is present, people may vomit but usually cannot have bowel movements -‘:^

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