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Nankhatai Almond Flour Cookies with Cardamom

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This lovely recipe for Nankhaties showcases the unique spice of cardamom. 
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Dish Type cookie
Seasonal Christmas, Holiday season, Valentine's Day
Ingredient Cardamom
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Servings 24 cookies
Author Rinku Bhattacharya


  • 15 green cardamom pods
  • 3/4 cup butter plus butter for greasing the cookie sheet
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • Slivered or chopped almonds to garnish


  • Peel the cardamom pods and grind the seeds in a mortar and pestle (it is important to use fresh cardamom seeds for this recipe).
  • Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees
  • In a mixing bowl place the butter and sugar and cream until soft and fluffy with a wooden spoon or electric mixer.
  • Gradually add in the flour and the crushed cardamoms with the almond meal.
  • Grease the cookie sheet and shape the dough into 1-1/2 inch round and flatten and place on the tray 1-1/2 inches apart.
  • Add some slivered almonds in the center and bake the cookies for about 10-12 minutes. These are delicate and can burn easily, so turn off the oven when the edges are just slightly brown.
  • Let them rest in the oven for 3 to 4 minutes and then take them out and let them cool.
  • Remove when cool and enjoy.