My dear friend, Barbara Weinrich, presents my family with a beautiful tray of Christmas cookies each year. This is my favorite. I love the exotic taste of cardamom and the browned butter icing. (Scandanavian cooks have made a great contribution to Midwest baking :)
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg, separated
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄3 cup chopped walnuts or 1⁄3 cup pecans
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- milk, to thin drizzling glaze
- Cream 1 cup butter and the granulated and brown sugars until fluffy.
- Add the egg yolk and 1 teaspoon vanilla, mix well.
- Stir in the flour, cardamom and salt.
- Spread in an ungreased 10 x 15" baking pan.
- Beat the egg white until bubbly but not forming peaks.
- Brush the dough with the egg white and sprinkle with the chopped nuts.
- Bake at 275°F for 1 hour.
- In a saucepan, melt the 1 1/2 Tablespoon butter until it browns slightly, remove from heat.
- Beat in 1 cup confectioner's sugar and the 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
- Add enough milk to make a"drizzling" consistency.
- Drizzle on baked dough.
- Cut into bars.