East Indies spiced shortbread



15 min


40 cookies

* PLUS Refrigeration Time: 60 minutes, Baking Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest , optional


  • In a small bowl, using a fork, stir flour with cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and salt until blended. In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer, beat butter with sugar until fluffy and well blended, from 3 to 4 minutes. Beat in lemon peel, if using. Gradually beat in flour mixture, a third at a time, beating just until blended. Form into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap, then refrigerate until dough is firm enough to roll out, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Lightly coat baking sheets with vegetable oil or non-stick cooking spray. Using a rolling pin, roll dough about 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) thick between sheets of wax paper. Using your favourite cookie cutters, preferably no larger than 2 inches (5 cm) wide, cut out cookies. Place on baking sheets, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart. Bake in centre of 350F (180C) oven until edges start to brown, from 10 to 12 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool. Store cookies in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 82,
  • Protein
  • 0.8 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.4 g,
  • Fat
  • 4.7 g,
  • Fibre
  • 0.3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 31 mg.

Liven up your traditional shortbread with island spices.