Growing up, my favorite holiday cookies were either coconut- or chocolate-covered: snowballs and bon-bons. Cardamom cookies were among the many cookies I wouldn’t touch. They were one of my Grandma’s favorites, but I couldn’t appreciate the sweet spice blend for which they are named. Sometimes Grandma would ice them, but even with that extra coat of sugar, I wasn’t keen.
As an adult, my palate has expanded and so has my sweet tooth (although I try not to indulge too often). I still love chocolate- and/or coconut-covered everything. But I’ve also come to love a good chia spice tea and cardamom-spiced treat.
These cookies are simple to make, light and fluffy in texture, and not too sweet. Brent, who isn’t a sweets guy, thought they were great. I hope you will, too!
We’re right at the holiday season, and family are arriving at our house from as far as Chicago. During this time of year, we are all known to indulge with friends, family, and coworkers at various celebrations beginning this week, and ending sometime in January. We enjoy this time, but we know it is a stressful time with visitors, travel, and gifts. This along with the smorgasbord on an ongoing basis often comes with a loosening of the belt, too.
This banana cream pie is inspired partly by my father’s love for the pie growing up, along with an amazing recipe that already exists in our friend Russ Crandall‘s The Ancestral Table. Russ was kind enough to shoot the breeze with me while I made this pie a few times to get it right. You should pick up his book and run a taste test—let us know which pie comes out on top!