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50 Recipes That Will Make Cardamom Your New Secret Ingredient

Savor the aromatic, sweet taste of cardamom. This Eastern spice shines in a host of recipes, from globally inspired dishes to traditional holiday classics.

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KulfiTaste of Home

Kulfi

I grew up near Little India in California, and I loved the desserts from Indian sweets shops. One of them sold kulfi, a spiced and nutty frozen custard in cone molds. Here I use a shortcut method to make kulfi quickly and without any special equipment. The whole milk can be replaced with mango pulp for mango kulfi. Justine Kmiecik, Crestview, Florida

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Mughali ChickenTaste of Home

Mughali Chicken

I enjoy cooking for my family and try to incorporate healthy new foods into our menus. This authentic Indian dish is a favorite. Aruna Kancharla, Bentonville, Arkansas

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Pear and Pomegranate Lamb TagineTaste of Home

Pear and Pomegranate Lamb Tagine

Pomegranate, pear and orange go together elegantly that I decided to use them to prepare a Middle Eastern-themed tagine with lamb. This tastes delicious served over couscous, polenta, or cauliflower mashed with feta cheese. Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois

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Swedish Almond RusksTaste of Home

Swedish Almond Rusks

Not too sweet, these nutty, crunchy cookies go well with a cup of hot coffee...and travel well in care packages, too!

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Finnish Mulled WineTaste of Home

Finnish Mulled Wine

I found this recipe stuck in the pages of my Finnish grandmother's Bible. It takes 24 hours to make. Store tightly bottled in the fridge for up to two weeks. Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida

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Cardamom Sugar CookiesTaste of Home

Cardamom Sugar Cookies

The warm flavor of cardamom spices up these classic sugar cookies. Theyre the ideal treat for your homemade goody basket. Tint the glaze to fit the season.Darina Jurasek, Salmon Arm, British Columbia

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Curried Pork and Green TomatoesTaste of Home

Curried Pork and Green Tomatoes

When the tomatoes are green in the garden, my husband and sons are thrilled to know this dish will appear on several weekly menus. I've passed the recipe on more times than I can count.

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Sherried Sweet Potato SoupTaste of Home

Sherried Sweet Potato Soup

I stir up a pot of my smooth, spiced sweet potato soup when I want something out of the ordinary for guests. Using an immersion blender will result in a creamier texture.

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Crispy Norwegian BowsTaste of Home

Crispy Norwegian Bows

I've been fixing these cookies for so long, I don't recall where the recipe came from. They're a "must" at our house.Janie Norwood, Albany, Georgia

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Peach and Berry CobblerTaste of Home

Peach and Berry Cobbler

This is one of my favorite summer recipes, as it features peaches and berries that are in season. But it's just as delicious with frozen fruit any time of the year. The quick biscuit topping brings it all together. Lauren Knoelke, Des Moines, Iowa

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Cider DoughnutsTaste of Home

Cider Doughnuts

Here on our 1,250-acre farm, we usually have a quick breakfast on the go. So I often keep a batch of these light and moist doughnuts on hand. They disappear quickly because no one can eat just one! Suzanne Christensen, Defiance, Iowa

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Cornmeal Towers with Strawberries & CreamTaste of Home

Cornmeal Towers with Strawberries & Cream

My kids love to help make these towers. They measure, mix, whisk and build stacks. It's a family custom and a perfect summer breakfast or dessert. Josie Shapiro, San Francisco, California

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Scented Rice in Baked PumpkinTaste of Home

Scented Rice in Baked Pumpkin

This easy, delicious and healthy side is a showpiece that always delights. You can use grain, squash, fruits and nuts to suite your tasteit's impossible to go wrong! Lynn Heisel, Jackson, Missouri

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Earl Grey Tea CookiesTaste of Home

Earl Grey Tea Cookies

Biscuit-like Earl Grey cookies are a wonderful addition to holiday cookie swaps because they are truly unique. Veronica Callaghan, Glastonbury, Connecticut

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Gingered Apricot-Apple CrumbleTaste of Home

Gingered Apricot-Apple Crumble

Hot or cold, plain or topped with ice cream, this crumble is tasty. For variety, leave out the apricots and make traditional apple crisp if you'd like. Sylvia Rice, Didsbury, Alberta

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Chocolate LebkuchenTaste of Home

Chocolate Lebkuchen

Having lived in Germany, I try to keep my German cooking as authentic as possible. This lovely lebkuchen recipe is a culinary Christmas custom. Cathy Lemmon, Quinlan, Texas

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Coconut-Granola Yogurt ParfaitsTaste of Home

Coconut-Granola Yogurt Parfaits

I prepare homemade granola ahead of timeit makes these yogurt treats special. Julie Merriman, Seattle, Washington

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Blood Orange Avocado SaladTaste of Home

Blood Orange Avocado Salad

My refreshing side salad is such a nice addition to our calorie-loaded Thanksgiving dinner. Use regular oranges if you can't find blood oranges. Finely chopped walnuts work well in place of the pomegranate seeds, too. Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Mango LassiTaste of Home

Mango Lassi

Learn how to make mango lassi, the perfect summer drink any mango lover will love. Mango lassi is a sweet and refreshing treat only needs 6 ingredients! Namrata Telugu, Terre Haute, Indiana

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Cardamom SpritzTaste of Home

Cardamom Spritz

As far back as I remember, I have loved cardamom. My grandmother often added the spice to her baked goods. I usually make these cookies in a camel design with a camel spritz press I found at a thrift shop—it reminds me of a time when I rode a camel in the desert while deployed with the Navy. Of course, any design will do! —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado

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Hot Buttered Cider MixTaste of Home

Hot Buttered Cider Mix

Put the butter base for this beverage in a decorative jar and attach a copy of the recipe for a great gift from your kitchen. You can omit the brandy for a kid-friendly version. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Cardamom BraidsTaste of Home

Cardamom Braids

This is an old recipe that I like to make for breakfast. Slices are splendid for dunking in a cup of coffee. Walter Dust, Rapid City, Michigan

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Apple-Honey Dutch BabyTaste of Home

Apple-Honey Dutch Baby

I love to make this treat on Sunday morning. It's so impressive when it's served warm right out of the oven...and the apple honey filling is yummy! Kathy Fleming, Lisle, Illinois

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Cardamom Cheesecake BarsTaste of Home

Cardamom Cheesecake Bars

Fans of cheesecake will love these bite-sized desserts. Crunchy and smooth, they're perfect for the holidaysor any other time.Judi Oudekerk, Buffalo, Minnesota

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Curry ScrambleTaste of Home

Curry Scramble

I have eggs every morning, and this is a delightful change from the classic scrambled egg meal. I like to add sliced peppers on top if I have them on hand. Valerie Belley, St. Louis, Missouri

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Spiced German CookiesTaste of Home

Spiced German Cookies

These buttery spice cookies are a cross between sugar cookies and gingerbread, creating the best of both worlds. April Drasin, Van Nuys, California

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Cardamom Sour Cream WafflesTaste of Home

Cardamom Sour Cream Waffles

Sweet with just the right amount of spice, these easy waffles make it nearly impossible to skip your morning meal. Barbie Miller, Oakdale, Minnesota

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Chai-Spiced Bread PuddingTaste of Home

Chai-Spiced Bread Pudding

Nothing says the holidays to me more than the warming spices of chai. This bread pudding incorporates those flavors to make a dessert that everyone raves about. Jessie Apfe, Berkeley, California

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The Ultimate Fish TacosTaste of Home

The Ultimate Fish Tacos

This recipe is my favorite meal to prepare. Adding my own personal touch to the marinade makes my fish tacos pop with flavor. I warm corn tortillas on the grill and add salsa, cilantro, purple cabbage and fresh squeezed lime. Yvonne Molina, Moreno Valley, California

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Apple Betty with Almond CreamTaste of Home

Apple Betty with Almond Cream

I love making this apple betty for friends during the peak of apple season. I plan a quick soup and bread meal, so we can get right to the dessert! Elizabeth Godecke, Chicago, Illinois

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Sugarplum Spice BreadTaste of Home

Sugarplum Spice Bread

I make Christmas Eve magical with hot cocoa and toasted slices of this fragrant, fruit-studded bread. My son and I combined several recipes to come up with this winner. Jackie Brown, Tully, New York

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Gingery Pumpkin PieTaste of Home

Gingery Pumpkin Pie

My birthday is in late November so my mom often morphed the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie into my birthday "cake" and had all the family sing for me. This is an update on her recipe, adding lots more of our mutual favorite ingredient, ginger. The pie's best after it's nice and chilled. Birthday candles optional. Emily Tyra, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Almond-Chai GranolaTaste of Home

Almond-Chai Granola

Whether you snack on it by the handful or eat it with milk or yogurt, youll be happy that you found this granola recipe. Rachel Preus, Marshall, Michigan

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Chai CupcakesTaste of Home

Chai Cupcakes

You'll get a double dose of the spicy blend that's frequently used to flavor tea in these moist single-size cakes. Both the cupcake and frosting use the blend, which combines some of the best flavors of the season. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Orange and Beet SaladTaste of Home

Orange and Beet Salad

This jewel-colored orange and beet salad is one where I just kept adding touches until I got it just the way I want it. Jessie Apfe, Berkeley, California

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Cardamom Pumpkin Pudding CakeTaste of Home

Cardamom Pumpkin Pudding Cake

This no-egg cake is quick, easy and bursting with flavor. I like to serve it with ice cream or whipped cream. J. Fleming, Almonte, Ontario

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Turkey Curry with RiceTaste of Home

Turkey Curry with Rice

When I have leftover turkey and a hankering for non-holiday food, I make turkey curry with carrots, cauliflower and mango chutney to spoon over rice. Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Chai Tea Sandwich CookiesTaste of Home

Chai Tea Sandwich Cookies

Youll love these cookies filled with a dreamy chai-infused ganache. Theyre perfect after a meal, with a cup of tea, as a breakfast treator anytime at all. Lauren Knoelke, Des Moines, Iowa

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Red Lentil Soup MixTaste of Home

Red Lentil Soup Mix

Give your friends the gift of good health. Red lentils are a protein powerhouse, and loaded with folate, iron and fiber. Oh, and this soup tastes amazing, too. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Cinnamon Chip Chai-Spiced SnickerdoodlesTaste of Home

Cinnamon Chip Chai-Spiced Snickerdoodles

I love cinnamon chips, and this is an intriguing way to use them. Make sure to stock up on them during the holiday season so you have plenty to last during the year. Marietta Slater, Justin, Texas

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Slow-Cooker Chai TeaTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Chai Tea

A wonderful sweet and spicy aroma wafts from the slow cooker as this pleasantly flavored chai tea cooks. Crystal Jo Burns, Iliff, Colorado

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Gingerbread Cookies with Lemon FrostingTaste of Home

Gingerbread Cookies with Lemon Frosting

When I spread these spicy gingerbread rounds with my lemony cream cheese frosting, I knew I had a hit. Cardamom and allspice add a hint of chai tea flavor. Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho

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Pfeffernuesse CookiesTaste of Home

Pfeffernuesse Cookies

A German holiday tradition, these fragrant cookies pack a warm rush of spices in every bite. Also called peppernuts, they go wonderfully with coffee or tea.Joanne Nelson, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

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Sunburst Spiced TeaTaste of Home

Sunburst Spiced Tea

Our home economists use oranges and lemon to lend a lovely citrus flavor to ordinary black tea. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Pistachio Cardamom CheesecakeTaste of Home

Pistachio Cardamom Cheesecake

Cardamom has a sweet and warm taste that makes you think of clove, allspice and pepper all wrapped in one spice. Mix it with pistachios and add to cheesecake for a dessert that suggests the exotic flavors of India. Carolyn Harkonnen, Loomis, California

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Pumpkin Eggnog RollsTaste of Home

Pumpkin Eggnog Rolls

I needed to use up some eggnog, so I swapped it for milk in my sweet rollrecipe. Even people who usually dont go for eggnog go back for seconds of these yummy frosted treats. Rebecca Soske, Douglas, Wyoming

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Citrus Gingerbread CookiesTaste of Home

Citrus Gingerbread Cookies

Orange and lemon zest give gingerbread cutouts a refreshing twist. Brushing a honey glaze over the top adds a subtle shine and an extra touch of sweetness. Monique Hooker, DeSoto, Wisconsin

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Spiced Peach CobblerTaste of Home

Spiced Peach Cobbler

When you tuck into this warm and comforting fresh peach cobbler, you wont miss the extra fat and calories a bit! Mary E. Relyea, Canastota, New York

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Spiced Orange-Hazelnut OatmealTaste of Home

Spiced Orange-Hazelnut Oatmeal

Ive banished ho-hum oatmeal. My new best blend is loaded with fruit and fiber. I flavor the whipped cream with cardamom and ginger to top it off.Heather Porter, Kalispell, Montana

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Warm Spiced ChaiTaste of Home

Warm Spiced Chai

My wife loves chai, but I have never been satisfied with any of the store-bought mixes, so I created my own. Justin Weber, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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