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Always love a little sweetness!


2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cardamom, divided use
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar

Sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, 1 teaspoon of the cardamom and the salt in a large bowl. Combine the butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Increase the speed to high and beat until very light and fluffy, 2 or 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium and beat in the eggs, one at a time, add the vanilla extract.
Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat on low speed until fully incorporated. Repeat 2 more times, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
Heat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats. Combine the sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon of cardamom in a medium bowl.
Scoop tablespoons of dough into the sugar-cardamom mixture. Arrange the cookies 2 inches apart on each baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies are crackled and the edges are just barely browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Recipe adapted from The Arkansas Democrat Gazette, November 2012


1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups oats
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Heat oven to 375F.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat brown sugar, butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs, milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and chocolate morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto baking sheets.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand 1 minute, remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Recipe adapted from Best Loved Cookies, 1999