Cardamom-Saffron Tea Cookies


Today we celebrated Diwali again. Yes, I know, it’s more than two weeks past the real Diwali, yet we are not done celebrating it yet. This is probably my 4th Diwali celebration this year. This time it was at the Deloitte office. I have been with the firm for just two weeks now, yet, it feels like I have been here always. Friendly welcoming people. This is what you want, right? Speaking for myself –  It’s the people who keeps i

Saffron Cookies, Eggless Cookies, Cardamom Cookies, Nan KhataiThe Diwali Luncheon was bustling with festive spirit. Most of the partners and senior partners of the firm were all dressed in Indian attire, there were various food stalls, a henna lady was doing henna art in the corner. There was wine and coffee and other drinks served in another corner. It was Diwali Celebration alright. 

I saw a batch of Mexican Wedding Cookies along with a massive bowl of gulab jamun in the party and I naturally went for the Mexican Wedding Cookies. There is no way, I would leave those cookies alone. A big big fan of those cookies. Last year, for Christmas I made a big batch and it disappeared fast. 

This year, I thought of baking some cookies as well, but give it an Indian flair. Just imagine eating soft, delicate Mexican wedding cookies laced with layers of cardamom and saffron flavors…, thats excatly how the Cardamom Saffron Tea Cookies tasted.

Every third person I know loves Cardamom. The smell and flavor of cardamom is irresistibly uplifting. And these Cardamom-Saffron Tea Cookies have a very distinct cardamom and saffron flavor to it. Every bite that you take, you can actually taste the cardamom. The texture is more of like a shortbread which is kind of less chewy and more melt-in-your-mouth goodness. 

These Cardamom-Saffron Tea Cookies are simple, quick and delicious. They need only a few ingredients. Flour, sugar, butter, cardamom and saffron of course. The nuts are optional but if you add them, you won’t regret it since they add that nutty crunch to your already awesome cookies. 

You will find the edges to be a little crisp and the middle part to be soft. These Cardamom-Saffron Tea Cookies are really fun to make as well. For a deeper yellow, I actually added a little bit of turmeric. 

Make a batch or two for Christmas and Thanksgiving this year. They are perfect for holiday gifts or to nosh on any time of year.


  • A pinch of saffron soaked in 4 tbsp milk
  • A pinch of turmeric for color
  • 1 and 1/2 TBSP cardamom powder
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 6 TBSP Sugar
  • 9 TBSP plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 TBSP semolina
  • A few pistachios, chopped


  • Cream the butter and sugar together.
  • Mix in the flour, baking powder and semolina and add the saffron and turmeric milk milk to make a stiff dough.
  • Mix in the pistachios
  • Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for 30 minutes, while heating the oven to 300°F.
  • Make small balls out of the dough and place on greased baking sheets, leaving gaps between each cookie as they will spread a little.
  • Bake for 12-13 minutes.union

Author: MyYellowApron

I’m scrappy, weird and goofy. I’m a snob when it comes to a LOT of things.., Mainly – coffee, wine and chocolates. I laugh loud and yell louder. I run fast, but walk slow. I love walking long walks with a hot mug of coffee held tight between my hands. I have lonely eyes and a kind heart. I forgive but rarely forget. I remember the silliest of things and forget important matters. I love to run, read, cook and entertain. I draw inspirations from anything and everything aesthetic. There are numerous people who have and still continue to enrich my life in many good ways. I will remain indebted to them – Always. My dad is my biggest fan when it comes to cooking. I could see his eyes light up every time I serve something. My mom’s agility and affectionate nature that reflects on her food is something I’m still trying to master. Travel fascinates me amongst other things. Leave me in Venice and I would get lost in its timeless beauty – The canals. The piazzas. The art. The espresso. Leave me in NYC and I would tirelessly walk the length and breadth of the city (after all, There is always something open 24 hours a day). Through this blog, I am hoping to bring in my passion and love for a few things – Cooking, Travel, Kids, Coffee, Clothes and in the interim learn more myself. Hope I am able to do justice to my PASSION.

100 thoughts

  1. Such lovely photos of what look to be delicious cookies! For me, there is nothing nicer than curling up with a good book, accompanied by a strong pot of tea and of course a big plate of cookies. I can’t wait to make a batch of these babies soon!

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  2. What sweet little morsels! I’ve never had cardamom saffron cookies but this post and pictures makes me definitely want to try a plate full of them!

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  3. What adorable little cookies! They are the perfect size to serve with an afternoon tea. And the flavors would pair beautifully! Well done!

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  4. That sounds amazing and I bet it smells amazing as well. I’ve never had cookies like this before! I would love to keep the recipe.

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  5. I’ve never had them. I bet they are perfect with tea (or coffee or milk, lol, I’m not particular when it comes to tasty treats).

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  6. I think it’s fun that you have celebrated Diwali a few times! These cookies look fabulous. I love the inspiration from the Mexican Wedding cookie, which is one of my favorites!

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  7. It was as if I was eating the cookie as you described it. I am pretty sure this one is going to be a must for the next celebration! Thanks You!

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  8. Such a pretty cookie! They look like the cutest little bites, too. I’ve never had a cookie (that I know of) of this kind (flavor-wise, I mean), so I’d be curious to taste one. Maybe I’ll see if I can find some locally.

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  9. I have never tried cardamom (but I’ve definitely heard of it!) so these would be interesting to try! I love that you used the turmeric to deepen the color of the saffron, such a great idea!

    PS – your photography is absolutely stunning!!

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  10. I’ve never tried cardamom but I’ve heard of it especially on cooking programs. The tea cookies look super cute and super dainty. i think they would be perfect for a ladies afternoon tea get together. I might have to try them on day

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  11. I have no doubts that this one tastes amazing! It’s perfect for tea, without a doubt. I really like saffron and to have it in these cookies is awesome.

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  12. These look gorgeous and sound perfect for tea! I am definitely going to make them for my next tea party…


  13. Saffron in cookies? That’s really interesting. I’m sure these are amazing especially with your favorite cup of tea!


  14. Saffron in cookies ! Must be an interesting taste for something so rich in flavor for a sweet savory cookie! Ahh these remind me of chocolate chip cookies and I absolutely love anything dessert like ! xoxo

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