Sugar & Cardamom Moomin Cookies



Though I drink my coffee from a Moomin cup every single day, the flavors I associate with Moomins are cardamom and vanilla ­čÖé so here’s attempt #1 need to work on glazing techniques


Ingredients (makes 25-30 cookies)

For the cookies:

  • 80g butter, softened
  • 100g extra fine sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed cardamom seeds

For the glazing:

  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla
  • red food gel coloring
  • black food gel coloring


  1. Place your butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and start beating in medium-high speed for about 4 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile in a separate bowl mix baking powder, salt and cardamom into the flour.
  3. Add the egg in your creamy butter and sugar and beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes, then add vanilla and continue beating for about a minute.
  4. Turn your mixer off and mix the flours in using a spatula, continue slowly mixing until fully incorporated.sugarcookiedough
  5. Cover the bowl or wrap the dough in cling film and place it in the refrigerator to harden for at least one hour.
    I made my dough in the morning and left it in the refrigerator for the whole day. 12 hours later this is how it looked, hard and cold yet easy to roll.
  6. Preheat oven to 200┬║C and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  7. Roll your cookie dough on a lightly floured surface.
  8. Cut out Moomin characters using cookie cutters, mine are plastic ones from the set of a Moomin gingerbread house.moomincookies
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for about 6 minutes, you’ll see they start getting darker from the edges pretty quick.
  10. Let the cookies cool down and prepare glazing if desired.moomincookies1

I thinned about 100g of powdered sugar with 2 table spoons of milk and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, colored about 1/4 of the glazing with black and same amount in red.  This glazing was a too runny for precise decorating thus I went for more abstract figures.  Next time will do with royal icing and include Little My in the cookie gang.moomincookies3

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