Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Norwegian Butter Cookies

I'm on a kick to not make any sweets that have more than half a cup of sugar. This one fits that goal and has an additional benefit - it's made with hard-boiled egg yolks. A great way to use up those Easter eggs!

1/2 cup unsalted, softened butter (1 stick)
2 mashed hard-boiled egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar (or substitute equivalent)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
1 cup all-purpose flour

In a mixing bowl, combine butter, hard-boiled egg yolks, and sugar. Beat until well combined. Beat in vanilla extract, grated orange zest, salt, and, if using, cardamom. Fold in flour. Using a teaspoon measure, drop cookie dough mixture 1-inch apart onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, until golden around edges and set. Cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes: These are soft and buttery. They looked a little blah, so I put some left-over cinnamon roll icing on them, though they were very good without it!!! Can't have them be too nutritious!

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