To celebrate the Persian new year, Nowruz, we always bake these these Persian Rice cookies. They are so addictive, not too sweet but because of the very soft dough, have an almost melt in the mouth texture.
icing (powdered) sugar
cardamom, seeds only
poppy seeds (optional)
icing (powdered) sugar for dusting hands
Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. This will take 3-5 minutes depending on the speed of your beaters.
Add egg one at a time, beating well after each addition. The batter will turn from rather runny to quite thick, like icing.
Beat in the rose water.
Fold in the flour and cardamom. The batter will still be fairly soft. Place in the fridge for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight to firm up and for the flavours to develop.
When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 160˚C.
Using your hands, form little balls with the dough, press them slightly and place on the baking sheet, giving an inch between each cookie. Dust your hands with the extra icing sugar every so often as the dough will get soft and sticky as soon as it warms up in your hands.
If you like, using a table knife, a fork or cookie cutter, form deep little patterns on each cookie. The dough spreads and does not retain its pattern very well, unless you place the cookies in the fridge, which I don't bother with.
Sprinkle some poppy seeds in the middle of each cookie.
If you want, refrigerate for 20 minutes before baking for about 10 - 14 minutes. 10 if they were not placed in the fridge. The cookies should still retain their light colour, no browning.