Orange Cardamom Biscuits
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Orange Cardamom Biscuits

With only a hint of color, but a big hit of flavor, these English orange cardamom biscuits are perfect for when you need a comforting moment to relax with a hot cup of tea or coffee, and a little something sweet.

A sugared stack of orange cardamom biscuits on a china plate.

This crispy orange cardamom biscuit is a classic English bake. While here in America call them cookies, I think we all can agree what they really are is delicious!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Orange Cardamom Biscuits is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button above to be taken directly to the recipe. 

I found the bones of this English biscuit recipe online when I was doing a search for British Easter recipes.

After I’d done the measurement conversions (to make things easier for my American friends), I decided to play a little with the flavors.

I trust you’ll enjoy this easy dessert biscuit/cookie recipe just as much as I do. They’re rich and buttery, not overly sweet, and the orange and cardamom flavors come through nicely.

A closeup vertical picture of orange cardamom biscuits with sugar coating and currants.

The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

The easy instructions:

How to make caster sugar?

  • Add granulated sugar to a food processor.
  • Pulse approximately 15-20 times until the sugar is finely ground.
  • Be careful not to pulse it too far and turn it into confectioner’s sugar.

How to make orange cardamom biscuits?

  • Cream and softened butter in a large bowl, scraping down the sides as needed.
  • Add the sugar and blend until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture (one at a time) and blend well after each egg addition.
  • Zest two oranges and blend the fresh zest into the butter and sugar mixture.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground cardamom.
  • Gradually blend the dry ingredients (by thirds) into the wet ingredients, blending slightly after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the currants to the batter and blend until just combined.
  • Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a flattened round disc.
  • Wrap each disc with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 hour (or overnight).
  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • When completely chilled, roll the dough discs out on a lightly floured surface to a uniformed 1/8″ thickness.
  • Cut the round biscuits from the dough and place the cutout biscuits onto parchment-lined baking sheets. *Note – the dough can be rerolled several times to yield as many cookies as possible. Not using a lot of flour to roll out the dough is key to tender cookies that are easy to reroll.
  • Sprinkle the reserved sugar generously onto each cookie pressing lightly.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes in a preheated oven (rotating the baking sheets once during baking) or until the cookies are ever so slightly golden on top and bottom.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Yield = approximately 50 cookies using a 2½” round cutter
A stack of orange cardamom cookies on a china plate with tea cups in the background.

What does cardamom taste like?

For me, cardamom has an earthy citrus taste mixed with a little warmth and spice.

Cardamom works well in many sweet as well as savory dishes.

Once you add it to your spice collection (if you haven’t already) I can guarantee that you’ll soon be actively searching for recipes to add it to.

What is caster sugar and how is it different from granulated sugar?

Caster sugar is a more finely ground and processed form of granulated sugar.

Caster sugar is roughly the stage between granulated sugar and confectioners (icing) sugar.

What is the purpose of using caster sugar for baking?

Caster sugar dissolves quicker than granulated sugar when creamed with butter.

That said, generally American granulated sugar is more finely ground than granulated sugar in the UK, so using caster sugar for this recipe is not paramount for its success.

Since I own a food processor, I did make my own caster sugar for this English biscuit recipe which only took about 2 extra minutes of prep time (see prep photos below).

A closeup photo of a hand holding a sugared English orange cardamom biscuit with currants.

What is a currant?

For this recipe, I used Zante currants.

Zante currants are dried grapes made from the tiny variety of table grapes known as champagne grapes.

Currants are typically dried for 3 weeks. They have a tangy flavor and wonderfully chewy texture.

Can raisins be substituted for the currants in this recipe?

Yes!

Can the currants be left out of the recipe all together?

Yes!

Can other dried fruit be used in this recipe?

Sure! Get creative!

Just remember to chop the dried fruit into tiny pieces before adding it to the biscuit/cookie batter.

*SPECIAL NOTE – Tossing chopped dried fruit with a tiny bit of flour will help keep the dried fruit from sticking together so they’ll mix more evenly into the batter.

A closeup photo of a hand showing the underside of an English orange cardamom biscuit.

Can the dough for these cookies be frozen after making?

Yes!

If you’d like to prepare the dough in advance of baking, wrap the flattened discs well in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 6 months.

Can orange cardamom biscuits be frozen after baking?

Yes!

Wrap them well in plastic wrap after the cookies have fully cooled and they can remain in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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*Stroopwafels from Barth Bakery

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*German “Amerikaner” Cookie Cakes from Foodal

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*Speculoos (Dutch Windmill Cookies) from Upstate Ramblings

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*British Orange Cardamom Biscuits (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE

Title text vertical image of a stack of English Orange Cardamom biscuits with currants and a sugar dusting.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s English orange cardamom cookies.

Yield: 50 cookies

English Orange Cardamom Biscuits

English Orange Cardamom Biscuits
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling. (Granulated sugar may be substituted)
  • 2 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 cup currants

Instructions

    1. Cream and softened butter in a large bowl, scraping down the sides as needed.
    2. Add the sugar and blend until light and fluffy.
    3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture (one at a time) and blend well after each egg addition.
    4. Zest two oranges and blend the fresh zest into the butter and sugar mixture.
    5. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground cardamom.
    6. Gradually blend the dry ingredients (by thirds) into the wet ingredients, blending slightly after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
    7. Add the currants to the batter and blend until just combined.
    8. Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a flattened round disc.
    9. Wrap each disc with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 hour (or overnight).
    10. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
    11. When thoroughly chilled, roll the dough discs out on a lightly floured surface to a uniformed 1/8" thickness.
    12. Cut the round biscuits from the dough and place the cutout biscuits onto parchment-lined baking sheets. *Note - the dough can be rerolled several times to yield as many cookies as possible. Not using a lot of flour to roll out the dough is key to tender cookies that are easy to reroll.
    13. Sprinkle the reserved sugar generously onto each cookie, pressing the sugar lightly onto the surface of each cookie.
    14. Bake for 12-15 minutes in a preheated oven (rotating the baking sheets once during baking) or until the cookies are ever so slightly golden on top and bottom.
    15. Cool completely on a wire rack.
    16. Yield = approximately 50 cookies using a 2½" round cutter.

    Nutrition Information

    Yield

    50 cookies

    Serving Size

    1 cookie

    Amount Per Serving Calories 85Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 17mgSodium 54mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 0gSugar 5gProtein 1g

    The nutritional information and calorie count provided is intended as a guideline only and has been provided by third-party software.

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