Sesame Cardamom Chews

Sesame Cardamom Chews are a deliciously spiced cookie rolled in toasted nutty sesame seeds with a buttery creamy frosting. Sesame Cardamom Chews

Before I sat down this evening I spent a few hours in the kitchen. I had no plans to cook dinner because I was warming up meatloaf and mashed potatoes leftover from last evening. Since I didn’t have to cook dinner, I decided it was time to try one of my earmarked recipes in one of my holiday magazines.

I wanted something different but good. Something intriguing. I decided to make Sesame Cardamom Chews. The recipe is in the recent Land O’ Lakes Holiday cookies magazine. I definitely made the right choice! Ever since the Daring Baker Challenge where we made the Danish Braid I have looked for things I could use cardamom in. I never realized that was probably the spice that I loved in my Chai Tea until I actually used it to cook with myself!

Sesame Cardamom Chews

I first toasted brown sesame seeds for the recipe. Then I mixed the recipe up, rolled the dough in the seeds and baked. I have to admit, that cookie dough was divine and when I “accidently” dropped a piece of dough in the seeds, I had to try it and it was even more divine! I could not wait to try one after they were baked. These would probably be great without the frosting but because the frosting also called for cardamon I had to make it! Be forewarned. They are sweet. You won’t want more than one….unless you don’t frost them! :~)

Sesame Cardamom Chews
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
  • Sesame Cardamom Chews
  • Land O’ Lakes Holiday Cookies 2008
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds (**see note)
  • Frosting:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3-4 Tablespoons half and half
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter, sugar and brown sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg and almond extract; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder, cardamom and salt. Beat until well mixed.
  2. Place sesame seeds in small bowl. Shape dough into 1- inch balls. Roll balls in sesame seed. Place 1″ apart onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 9-12 minutes or until golden brown (mine took 11 minutes to cook). Cool 1 minute. Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  3. To make frosting: combine all frosting ingredients in medium bowl; adding enough half & half (I only needed 3 tablespoons) for desired spreading consistency. Beat until well mixed. Frost cooled cookies, let stand until set.
**to toast sesame seeds place in non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Stir continually until seeds start to turn brown. move to separate bowl to cool.


Sesame Cardamom Chews

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. noble pig October 22, 2008 at 5:38 am - Reply

    What a great cookie, so cool with the seeds and the cat is so funny. What a good baby you have.

  2. Meg October 22, 2008 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Congrats on the award. You deserve it! Love the cookies!

  3. kittymama October 22, 2008 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Oh, I love kitties who cuddle! What a lucky kittymama you are. Cookies look great, too.

  4. Vickie LeBlanc October 22, 2008 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I love tiger cats. We are thinking of getting a cat to ease the transition when our beloved dog Tabi passes on.

    I will most certainly try this cookie. I love Cardamon. This is one of the ingredient in my homemade chai.

  5. Sandy Smith October 22, 2008 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your award!

    Those iced cookies look just gorgeous. What a unique flavor profile they have . . . definitely not your run-of-the-mill holiday cookie!

  6. Barbara Bakes October 22, 2008 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I too am in love with caradmom lately! Congrats on the award!

  7. Carrie October 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Awww, what a cute, mischievous kitty! Congrats on your award! Those cookies look great, I love sesame seeds!

  8. Gera October 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Hi HoneyB!

    Huge congrats for this award!
    If these yummy cookies are so sweet better.. lol.
    I love the toasted sesame seeds and cardamon in the cookies, can I have one?

  9. nicole October 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Ohhhh thank you sooo much for the award.

    Those cookies look yummy!

    Oh and your kitty is so pretty. I miss my kitty.

  10. cakewardrobe October 22, 2008 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Rudy is sooo adorable! He really does act affectionate and playful like a dog! 🙂 Gosh, those sesame lace cookies look soooo yum!

  11. Lisa October 22, 2008 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for the award! The cookies sound like they have great flavor. Cute kitty!

  12. Kang October 22, 2008 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    congrats on the award! as usual, you’re on top form with your sweet recipes 😀 … Rudy Rut-ton looks so comfy nestling in your arms! 😛

  13. Sharon October 22, 2008 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    One word: YUM!

    Looks awesome!

  14. Madam Chow October 23, 2008 at 12:27 am - Reply

    I came over to comment on your pumpkin muffins, and found that you’ve been doing more baking and made these yummy looking cookies – I LOVE cardamom!

  15. CookiePie October 23, 2008 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Beautiful cookies! I love the unusual flavors. Cardamom and sesame – delicious!!

  16. Jenny October 23, 2008 at 3:14 am - Reply

    Ahhh, I miss having a cat. Look how cozy he/she looks right on your lap! Your cookies look so pretty. Congrats on your award too!

  17. Marthe October 23, 2008 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Your kitty is so cute!! Congratulations on your award! Those cookies sound very interesting!

  18. Cristine October 23, 2008 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I have been in love with cardamom ever since I made the danish braid, too! I’ll definately have to try these cookies!

    Thank you so much for the award! You’re too sweet! 🙂

  19. Foong October 23, 2008 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    That cat of yours looks so content. The cookies look great and seems simple enough to make. Thanks for sharing this.

  20. Matt October 26, 2008 at 1:45 am - Reply

    I’m not sure which I like better, the cookies or that beautiful little cat. Great picture! I can almost hear him purring…

  21. Miriah October 19, 2019 at 9:23 am - Reply


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