Adapted from Yankee magazine. Supposedly a version of this recipe is served on board the "Mary Day," a schooner from Maine. Any cookie with cardamom in it is a cookie for me. These are by far the best tasting spice cookies I have ever tried. Please use a wooden spoon to mix the dough - an electric mixer might make the dough too tough.
The beautiful Anna, a barmaid at work, brought these in to share, and everyone demanded the recipe. We call the chocolate covered malt balls Maltesers, but the 'zaar computer didn't know that name. A tin about 10 X 8 inches that you would use to bake a bar or slice is perfect for this. I have found a 9X9 inch cake pan works OK too.
These are my signature cookies! I got the recipe from Allrecipes.com a couple of years ago, and it has been a favorite ever since! Don't let the egg free part throw you. These cookies are moist, puffy, and delicious!
These have been a favorite since I was a little girl. I remember eating these in front of the TV watching "Romper room". The dough is quite soft, so I always put it in the fridge between baking batches for easier rolling.