These spice laden gems are not overly sweet which is a nice change from the chocolate coated chock full of chips cookies my kids want me to make. Not too sweet with plenty of flavor and the smaller size means you can have three and not just one. And yes you really need to grind your own nutmeg and cardamom, it does make a big difference. You can adjust the clove and cardamom to taste. I go easy on the clove and heavy cardamom.