Chocolate-and-cardamom biscuits

Chocolate-and-cardamom biscuits

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These cookies are made with pure butter and have a delightful melt-in-your-mouth texture. They bring an exotic twist with notes of cardamom and rose, finished with a complimentary cardamom, white chocolate and coconut garnish. The perfect biscuit for an Eid celebration.


  • 250 g butter, at room temperature
  • 80 g icing sugar, sifted
  • 80 g cornflour, sifted
  • ½ t rose-water
  • 1 T ground cardamom
  • 345 g flour, sifted
  • For the topping:
  • 1 x 200 g packet Woolworths white chocolate drops, melted
  • ½ t ground cardamom, plus extra to garnish
  • 70 g desiccated coconut

Cooking Instructions

1. Beat the butter for 5 minutes using an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy.

2. Reduce the speed to medium, then add the icing sugar, cornflour, rose-water and cardamom and beat with the butter for a further 10–15 minutes.

3. Gradually add the flour, bringing it together by hand until a soft dough is formed. Be sure not to overmix. Cover the dough and chill for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line three baking trays with baking paper.

4. Roll out the dough to a thickness of ½ cm on a sheet of baking paper. Cut into shapes using a cookie cutter.

5. Place the cookies on the baking trays and bake for 10–12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes on the tray, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

6. To make the topping, stir the cardamom into the melted chocolate, then dip the cookies into the chocolate and sprinkle with coconut and more cardamom.

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Videography: Romy Wilson, Shavan Rahim
Photograph: Shavan Rahim
Production: Jacqueline Burgess
Food assistant: Ellah Maepa

Saadiyah Hendricks Recipe by: Saadiyah Hendricks
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Saadiyah is a full-time working mom of two girls with a deep passion for all things baking and food. She made her first pot of food at the age of 10 and, with a growing curiosity for experimenting with different bakes, flavours and dishes, started documenting her food journey and sharing recipes on her blog Sadie’s Bubble of Yum 10 years ago.

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