Cardamom Cane Sugar Cutouts

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Cardamom's warm fragrance is a perfect combination with flavorful cane sugar. It brings depth and modern appeal to a classic sugar cookie
Recipe By: Butterisbetter.com
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  • Serves3 doz. cookies

Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
    • 1 cup natural (raw) cane sugar*
    • 2 large egg yolks
    • 4 cups flour
    • 3 to 4 tablespoons pre-ground cardamom or 2 3 tablespoons freshly ground cardamom seed**
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon lemon or orange zest (about 1 large lemon or small orange), freshly grated, optional
  • Decorating Icing:
    • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, softened
    • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
    • Pinch salt
    • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons lime, orange or lemon juice, at room temperature

Instructions

In a medium bowl, combine butter and sugar; cream together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks. Add flour, cardamom, salt and zest; blend until dough is evenly mixed. Adjust cardamom to taste.

Divide dough in four balls on sheets of plastic wrap, and flatten each into a disk. Wrap tightly, and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper or butter them.

Take 1 ball of dough from refrigerator. (Keep remaining dough chilled.) On a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough out to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into shapes and place on prepared baking sheets.

Bake until bottoms just begin to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool cookies on pan 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Continue to roll, cut and bake remaining dough.

For the icing, combine butter, sugar, salt and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Beat at low speed, gradually adding juice to reach desired consistency. Decorate completely cooled cookies, as desired.

Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

*Use large, granular-type cane sugars; in particular, large crystal Turbinado sugar or Demerara work well.
**Cardamom can be found in the spice section of most grocery stores.

Additional Notes

Additional colored sanding sugar, optional, for decorating
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