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BAKING WITH CARDAMOM

SUGAR COOKIE SANDWICHES WITH CARDAMOM MILK CHOCOLATE GANACHE

MAKES 15 COOKIE SANDWICHES Active: 1 hr. 30 min.Total: 10 hr.

In many parts of the world, from Asia to the Americas, cardamom finds its way into cookies. While chocolate and cardamom are a less traditional pairing, the creamy dairy notes of high-quality milk chocolate make it a natural match for the spice’s fragrant, slightly minty notes. Once it’s well-chilled and whipped, this loose ganache takes on a consistency similar to airy chocolate buttercream. Since the ganache will firm up after filling—and help soften the cookies to a just-right consistency—resist eating these sandwiches until they’ve had a few hours to set in the fridge.

FOR THE GANACHE:

1½ cups heavy cream
5 green cardamom pods, cracked open with a knife or in a mortar and pestle
7 oz. high-quality milk chocolate, finely chopped (1½ cups)

FOR THE COOKIES:

2⅓ cups all-purpose flour
2½ tsp. baking powder
1¾ tsp. kosher salt
8 oz. (16 Tbsp.) unsalted butter, softened
1½ cups sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

In a small pot, add the

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