It was a cold winter day. You know, one of those days when you actually want to stay at home and simply don’t go to work, college or school. You just want to curl up under a blanket and spend the whole day watching some good show or reading your favorite book. Well, in one of those days I was desperately craving for something sweet. I was thinking to myself: “Maybe some chocolate would be good”, but actually, that was too easy. Then I realized I need some chocolate cookies that I can eat along with a good cup of coffee or dip into a glass of cold milk. Chocolate cookies that will smell like oranges because citruses and winter are a total match and what can go better with oranges then versatile cardamom. And ta-daaaa, the recipe was born! Decadent, irresistibly crumbly and double chocolate, these cookies are one little sweet sin which we can allow for ourselves, from time to time. You probably all know that famous quote that’s been circulating on the Internet for a quite some time:
“Chocolate comes from cocoa, which is a plant. That makes it a plant. Chocolate is salad.”
Well, I can live with that.
About cardamom and sablé cookies
Do you know that in India cardamom is called the Queen of Spices? After vanilla and saffron, cardamom is the third most expensive spice in the world. Actually, we shouldn’t be surprised by this fact because the process of harvesting cardamom lasts up to several months, it’s harvested manually and it can be cultivated only in some parts of the world, like Guatemala, Sri Lanka, India, and Tanzania. As you probably know, some spices have its own doppelgängers and cardamom is also one of those spices. In this recipe, I’ve used ground seeds of real green cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), but there is also black cardamom (Amomum subulatum) and red cardamom or Cao Guo (Amomum costatum) which are quite different spices, with much stronger flavors and therefore cannot be used in the same way.
Also, for this recipe, I was inspired by French sablé cookies (sablé can be translated literally as “sand”) that originate from Normandy, the region in the north of France. They actually remind me of my Valentine’s day shortbread cookies, but still, they are quite different.