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Two cookies studded with pistachios and dark chocolate chunks.
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Dark Chocolate, Pistachio and Cardamom Cookies

These cardamom cookies are studded with rich chocolate and crunchy pistachios. They're vegan and made with almond flour so they're also grain-free and gluten-free. Reprinted with permission from Bakerita.
Prep Time1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cardamom cookies
Servings: 15 cookies


  • 2/3 cup 96g coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup 100g refined coconut oil, slightly softened
  • 1 flax egg 1 Tablespoon ground flax with 2 1/2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups 216g blanched almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped (about 2/3 cup), plus extra for decoration, if desired
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios chopped, plus extra for decoration, if desired


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in the mixing bowl, beat the coconut sugar and coconut oil on medium speed until fluffy. Add the flax egg and vanilla and mix until nicely blended. If you prefer, you can stir the ingredients in the mixing bowl with a sturdy spoon.
  • Add the almond flour, cardamom, baking soda, and salt to the wet ingredients and, with the mixer on medium-low, mix until well incorporated, or mix the ingredients by hand. Fold in chopped chocolate and pistachios.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours. This chilling time lets the flavors meld and the cardamom flavor permeate the dough.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop that holds about 1 1/2 ounces of dough to form cookies. You can also use a spoon to form rounded mounds of dough. Put them about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. If desired, press more chocolate chunks, pistachios or both onto the top of the cookies (I do this to make them look pretty!). Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies are just beginning to turn golden brown around the edges.
  • Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet and then move them to a wire rack to cool completely. Store the cookies in an airtight container on the counter for 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  • The coconut oil should be the consistency of softened butter. If it is super soft or melted because the kitchen is too warm, refrigerate it for 15 to 30 minutes to firm it up slightly.
  • To make a flax egg, whisk 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with 2 1/2 tablespoons water. Set aside for about 10 minutes to give the mixture time to gel.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g