Cardamom Ginger Crunch

"Taken from SAVEUR .com and posted for ZWT. "SAVEUR kitchen assistant Victoria Ross makes these glazed shortbreads, which get their spicy kick from ground cardamom and ginger, for afternoon tea in her native New Zealand.""
photo by Miss Fannie photo by Miss Fannie
photo by Miss Fannie
photo by Bonnie G #2 photo by Bonnie G #2
Ready In:
48 2 inch squares




  • Heat oven to 375°. Grease a 9" x 13" baking dish; set aside.
  • Put 18 tablespoons butter and sugar in a large bowl; beat with a handheld mixer on medium until fluffy.
  • Add flour, 3 teaspoons ginger, 1 teaspoons ground cardamom, baking powder, and 1 teaspoons salt; mix until incorporated but still crumbly.
  • Transfer mixture to reserved dish; press flat with your hands.
  • Bake until shortbread is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool.
  • In a 1-qt. saucepan over medium heat, combine remaining butter, ginger, cardamom, and salt and the confectioners' sugar and syrup.
  • Bring to a boil and pour over shortbread; cool.
  • Cut into 2" rectangles.

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  1. Miss Fannie
    Oh my goodness, these bars were awesome! The ginger and cardamom added a delightful flavor. The aroma during preparation made my home smell as wonderful as this dessert tasted. I will make this dessert again.
  2. Bonnie G #2
    Oh alligirl, these are soooo good. I did have a few problems, but they were all mine as I didn't read the directions all the way through prior to starting and made the mistake of adding ALL the butter at once - OPPS!! But added extra flour and it worked out fine. Then only had a small square pan so they were thicker than should have been, but the taste is so good with the cardamom and spices that we loved it just like it was. This is a favorite of everyone who tried it.


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