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A Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie with a Cardamom Twist: Cardamom Chocolate Chip Cookies

cardamom chocolate chip cookies | i am a food blog

cardamom chocolate chip cookies | i am a food blog

We’ve been kind of MIA around here because we just came back from a trip to Japan! We went glamping in Hokkaido and explored the Eastern side of Japan’s most Northern island. Since we were there, we also spent a little time in Tokyo, because Tokyo. It was super fun to see all the fall leaves (more on that in a post coming soon) and I really enjoyed all of the seasonal fall food things they had.

cardamom chocolate chip cookies | i am a food blog

There was kabocha – Japanese pumpkin – everything and also a lot of items with what we think of as traditional fall things: warming spices, like cinnamon, and lots of apple things too. I didn’t see anything with cardamom but I’m betting that in the coming years, cardamom is going to be one of those ubiquitous fall spices.

Before we left, I made a small batch of chocolate chip cookies with a hint of cardamom. They were soft and warm and absolutely just what I needed. I hope you make these cookies because everyone needs a warm chocolate chip cookie in their life.

cardamom chocolate chip cookies | i am a food blog

Cardamom Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
makes 12 cookies


  • 6 tablespoons room temperature butter
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 100 grams chopped dark chocolate, about 3/4 cups
  • 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt

Heat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and cardamom. Set aside.

Cream the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and whisk until combined. Stir in the vanilla. Stir in the flour mix until just barely combined then stir in the chopped chocolate being careful not to over mix.

Using a cookie scoop, scoop into cookies, about 2 tablespoons each. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool slightly, then enjoy!

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12 Comments

  1. Natalie says:

    These cookies look utterly amazing! I love the cardamom addition!

  2. Sheila Kavanaugh says:

    yummy

  3. Everyone DOES need a warm choc-chip cookie in their life – which is why I’ll be giving these a go at the weekend for myself and Himself to enjoy! Thanks for the recipe!!

    Rebecca | http://www.peppermintdolly.com

  4. Barbara says:

    Thinking about adding cardamom to all of my cookies after seeing this. What a great idea!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    i would love to try these but what do you do with the egg and the vanilla extract..
    they’re not in the method:)

    1. Stephanie says:

      whoops! updated :)

  6. Tyler says:

    Quick note: the ingredients list calls for baking powder, though the recipe itself mentions baking soda. I just made these cookies with baking powder and didn’t notice this until I had already mixed everything up. The cookies are still great (!), though they are a little cake-ier than I prefer.

    1. Stephanie says:

      eep! clearly i was jet-lagged when writing this. thanks for pointing that out and glad the cookies turned out (albeit puffy!) :D

  7. Muneera says:

    This looks great! I love cardamom in general! But when do you use the sea salt?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi muneera,
      i’ve fixed it! thanks for the heads up :)

  8. june says:

    is 1/4 t whole cardamom, grounded, or 1/4 t ground cardamom?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi june,
      i used pre-ground, but feel free to grind up whole cardamom pods :)

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