Armenian Coffee, Cardamom and Chocolate Cookies (Gluten-Free)

These cookies are delightful and elegant. The mix of cardamom into sweet dishes is very common in the Mediterranean culture and gives a nice exotic touch. Cardamom should be probably be sprinkled a little on everything anyway with its highly notable health benefits in aiding digestion, detoxification and fighting inflammation. I love the addition of Armenian coffee, which has an impeccable, deep coffee flavor that blends incredibly well with the cardamom and accentuates the cacao. These cookies are also gluten-free which is nice since a good go to recipe for yummy gluten free cookies is always great to have whether you avoid gluten or not. I myself try to limit gluten as more and more studies show gluten to be harmful to stomach and brain health.

Yields 30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp Armenian/Turkish coffee

  • 1 stick unsalted grass-fed butter, room temperature

  • 1 cup hazelnut flour

  • 1/2 cup potato starch

  • 1/2 tapioca starch

  • 1 tsp ground cardamom

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • pinch of sea salt

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate bits

  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp orange zest

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. In a large bowl, combine coffee, cinnamon, cacao powder, cardamom, salt, starch and flour.

  3. In a bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar for 3 minutes until creamy and pale.

  4. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.

  5. Line two baking sheet with parchment paper.

  6. Form mixture into balls then press slightly to make a cookie and lay them on prepared baking sheet.

  7. Transfer baking sheet to oven and bake for 15 minutes.

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