1 cup butter
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp. freshly ground cardamom
zest of one orange
1 tsp. vanilla
Optional for the tops of the cookies, Parlsocker (pearl sugar or any coarse sugar)
Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. (I like to use whole cardamom in the pods. You have to remove the seeds from inside the green casing and then either crush the seeds with a mortar and pestle or a spice mill. This takes a bit of time, but it's totally worth it.) Add the vanilla, cardamom and orange zest. Add the flour and mix until the dough comes together. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 mins.
These cookies freeze well in an air tight container.