Padma Lakshmi's Clouds of Cardamom & Cashew Cookies

June 16, 2017
4 Ratings
Photo by Ditte Isager
  • Makes 25-30 cookies
Author Notes

This recipe comes from Padma Lakshmi and is a part of Food52's Bake Off benefitting No Kid Hungry. —Food52

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into six pieces
  • 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup raw, crushed cashews
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. Combine the butter and confectioner’s sugar in a bowl to form a stiff mixture. Add the flour, nuts, vanilla, cardamom powder and salt, and mix well to form a dough. Let stand for 30 minutes, covered, at room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a cookie sheet.
  3. Make small balls out of the dough, about 1 inch in diameter, and place them on a cookie sheet. Smash the balls flat with the bottom of a small glass, lightly dipped in flour to prevent sticking, so they resemble irregular clouds. Make sure the cookies don’t touch one another.
  4. Bake for approximately 22 to 25 minutes (depending on the oven). Remove from the oven and dust the tops generously with confectioner’s sugar. Cool on racks.

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3 Reviews

Hidden December 8, 2021
Good flavor, but these fall apart and leave the mouth very dry. I altered the final recipe by glazing the cookies with a honey simple syrup before dusting with powdered sugar.
Morgan J. June 20, 2018
These look delicious! When it says to combine butter and sugar into a stiff mixture, is this done with the hands like making scones or pie crust or creamed with a spoon?
Ann P. June 23, 2017
I look forward to making these. But what does it mean by 'crushed' cashews?