Cardamom is one of my favorite spices – a close second to cumin. During the holidays I amp up my use of cardamom because it not only feels appropriate, but necessary. :) These Chai Spiced Snowball Cookies are flavored with a good dose of both ground cardamom and ginger. Just enough your tongue tingles and makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
These cookies are similar to pfeffernusse, which is a favorite holiday cookie at our house. The texture is a little different though. It borders on chewy and velvety. They are dense with concentrated spice flavor. The cookies are rolled in powdered sugar while still warm and this creates an almost-candy shell on them.