cardamom citrus cookie and NuNaturals giveaway

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking, Dessert, Gluten Free, product review, recipes, snacks, Vegan

Whew.

It’s April, isn’t it?

Q1 was bull-shirt. Stressful, exhausting, trying. I told Jason Second Quarter Owes Us. I am keeping my fingers crossed that things will be looking up. I already know of two things that are… more on that later.

In good news, spring is most definitely here – we have been having perfectly lovely weather in Portland! I walk outside at 5:30 in the morning and it’s warm, the birds are out and it smells so fresh and … springy! It is light until after 8pm now, and I cannot wait until the height of summer where it is light until after 9pm.

Spring and summer bring new flavors, fresh picked garden produce, lighter eats. My favorite time of year, food wise.

Spring also brings new flavors to the NuNaturals line – a lemon and an orange! I have already made several tasty treats with these flavors, and the first I am sharing?

Cookies! and four chances to try both of the new flavors!

cardamom citrus cookies

makes 20-24 cookies

gluten, dairy, egg and soy free, vegan

1 cup butter (Earth Balance soy free)
2 full droppers Orange NuStevia
1 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/2 cups flour (gluten free ap)
1 tablespoon milk (vanilla hazelnut)

Cream together butter and Orange NuStevia. Add flour, cardamom and cinnamon, stir together these three ingredients before folding into butter, adding milk by the tablespoon as necessary. Combine until dough forms, do not over mix. Dough should be fluffy and slightly tacky, but not too sticky to roll with your hands (if it is, use flour on your hands to roll, or drop dough by spoonful). Roll into one inch balls, place on prepared (parchment, spray or silpat) cookie sheet and sprinkle with more cardamom (optional). Bake at 350 for about 12 – 15 minutes.

These cookies are light, powdery-buttery and melt in your mouth good.

These new citrus flavors? They are very flavorful – real citrus taste and scent. Would you like to try them?

Giveaway is for one of each of the Lemon and Orange NuNaturals bottles – four winners will be randomly picked.

Six ways to enter, please leave a comment for each:

1) What is your favorite way to cook with citrus?

2) follow NuNaturals on twitter

3) follow spabettie on twitter and tweet this: 

win a one of four prizes  NuNaturals Orange and Lemon flavors – giveaway from @spabettie –>  http://www.spabettie.com/?p=9594

4) like NuNaturals on facebook

5) like spabettie on facebook

6) Pin this.

Enter through midnight Monday. Winner announced Tuesday.

Thanks to everyone for the entries – winners are:

#65 – Jared

#11 – Heather

#95 – Jack

#54 – Elle

Congratulations, everyone! Please email me with your full name and address.


{ 97 comments… read them below or add one }

1 amy marantino April 11, 2012 at 5:19 am

i like to use citrus by creating a sauce for steamed veggies using the juice and zest.

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2 Marnely Rodriguez April 11, 2012 at 5:19 am

Love zesting it into pasta sauces

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3 Athena R April 11, 2012 at 5:28 am

I love adding zest to baked goods.

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4 Athena R April 11, 2012 at 5:29 am

Following NuNaturals on Twitter.

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5 Noel April 11, 2012 at 5:29 am

I love to make my chicken franchaise with fresh slices of lemon!

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6 Athena R April 11, 2012 at 5:29 am
7 Athena R April 11, 2012 at 5:30 am

I like you on FB.

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8 Heather (Where's the Beach) April 11, 2012 at 5:44 am

Ahhhh those look fantastic. They sort of remind me (probably just the shape) of the Russian Tea Cakes. I mostly use citrus (lemon) in savory dishes to help brighten the flavors. I just read that it helps you absorb the nutrients from spinach better as well.

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9 spabettie April 11, 2012 at 6:08 am

oh, wow, thanks Heather – I had not heard that. there is some lemony spinach something in my future… ;)

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10 Heather (Where's the Beach) April 11, 2012 at 5:45 am

I follow NN on twitter already

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11 Heather (Where's the Beach) April 11, 2012 at 5:45 am

I follow you on twitter and tweeted.

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12 Heather (Where's the Beach) April 11, 2012 at 5:46 am

And I follow on FB

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13 jobo April 11, 2012 at 6:12 am

These cookies look so good! I swear I say this every time but it is so true! I need smellavision ;-) Or tastavision! LOL. BTW I had a dream that I got my wisdom teeth out last night! Totally because we were emailing about it (since I’ve had mine out already). How funny is that?

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14 spabettie April 11, 2012 at 6:20 am

ha – that is funny! or… um maybe not? ;) I am so happy to have that past me!

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15 Natalie April 11, 2012 at 6:15 am

i like using orange zest in baked goods!

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16 Amanda April 11, 2012 at 6:35 am

I love citrus in just about everything, but my favorite way is definitely in baked goods. I recently made some gluten-free, vegan orange scones and I’m thinking that Orange NuNaturals would be a great addition for the next batch. :)

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17 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen April 11, 2012 at 6:54 am

Zest is my favorite way. You get such bright flavors from such a little amount!
These cookies almost look doughy and “raw” in the middle…love, love, love that!

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18 Kari April 11, 2012 at 7:44 am

I love to add fresh lemon juice to asparagus, add some salt and pepper and roast in the oven. Perfect!

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19 Lisa April 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

I tweeted. @lisaeirene

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20 Lisa April 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

I already follow you on twitter too.

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21 Lisa April 11, 2012 at 9:09 am

I use lemon juice a lot in recipes. One of my favorites is baked salmon with dill and lemon slices.

I used to be on the quest for the best lemon bar recipe, too. I need to pick that up again. :)

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22 SammyCakes April 11, 2012 at 10:36 am

Orange Cardamom Rice Crispy Treats are pretty good :)

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23 SammyCakes April 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

I liked Spabettie on facebook

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24 SammyCakes April 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

I liked NuNaturals on Facebook

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25 Ashley April 11, 2012 at 11:11 am

I love making vegan cranberry coconut lemon bars… mmm :)

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26 manda April 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

I like to add zest to cookies and pies!

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27 manda April 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

I like Spabettie on FB

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28 manda April 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

I follow NuNaturals on twitter.

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29 billiejean April 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

My favorite way to use citrus flavors is in salads, grains infused with the flavors and plated over greens!

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30 billiejean April 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

Following NuNaturals on Twitter.

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31 billiejean April 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

Following you on Twitter!

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32 billiejean April 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

Like NuNaturals on Facebook!

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33 billiejean April 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Like you on Facebook, too.

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34 billiejean April 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Pinned the post/picture.

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35 Rebekah April 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Definately lemon cake! Or lemon juice on asparagus.

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36 Rachel H. April 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Pinned!!

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37 Rachel H. April 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Liked you on Facebook!!

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38 Rachel H. April 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Liked NuNaturals on Facebook!

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39 Rachel H. April 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Tweeted!!

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40 Rachel H. April 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Following you on Twitter!!

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41 Rachel H. April 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Following NuNaturals on Twitter!!

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42 Rachel H. April 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Citrus is a great way to spice up plain chicken. I love it as a marinade. It’s great for baking also. I’d love to try making these cookies. Just need one last ingredient…

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43 Rhonda (@diningalone) April 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I love lemon and orange with fish, definitely my favorite way to use up my citrus!

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44 Rebecca April 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

My favorite way to cook with citrus is in baked goods – lemon poppy seed!

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45 Rebecca April 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I “like” Spabettie on facebook!

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46 Rebecca April 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I “like” NuNaturals on facebook!

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47 Rebecca April 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I am following NuNaturals on twitter! @rebeccaablock

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48 Rebecca April 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm
49 Mb April 11, 2012 at 7:06 pm

in salad dressings!

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50 Elle April 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm

This looks so intriguing …. would love to try them! Thanks for the chance and the lovely recipe too.

I like to add orange and lemon and lime zest where I can… gives things a real zing of flavor. I just made some lemon and chia raw protein ballz and my husband loves lemon so I am always on the lookout for new lemony things.

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51 Elle April 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I follow @nunaturals on Twitter
@eatrunsail

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52 Elle April 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I follow @spabettie on Twitter and I tweeted.
@eatrunsail

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53 Elle April 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I like your page from my page Eat Run Sail

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54 Elle April 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I like Nunaturals on FB from my page Eat Run Sail and told them I found them thanks to you!

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55 Elle April 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

And pinned!

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56 Elle April 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

and pinned on my Giveaway board too
eatrunsail

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57 Veronica April 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I love orange chicken! Yum! Following both facebook accts. & NuNaturals Twitter :) –@VeronicaRaye

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58 Melissa April 11, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I like to make citrus muffins!

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59 Melissa April 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I follow you on twitter and I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/mgonyeo/statuses/190309599650394113

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60 Melissa April 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I like NuNaturals on facebook.

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61 Melissa April 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I like spabettie on facebook.

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62 Allie April 12, 2012 at 4:39 am

I didn’t know NuNaturals came in flavors other than vanilla–awesome! The citrus would be so good to add to cookies. Ooo, or warm citrus-flavored coconut or almond milk. Wait, I think that’s more a winter item…

Anyway, my favorite way to cook with citrus is…to put lemon juice on everything. Does that count? But I go through a bag of lemons and then some a week. I just love the fresh flavor.

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63 Kath (My Funny Little Life) April 12, 2012 at 5:51 am

Hmmm, I must admit I’m not quite sure about citrus flavors with cookies … Cardamom is a winner for sure, though! :D

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64 spabettie April 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

I do love me some cardamom, I’ll leave out the citrus for you!

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65 Jared April 12, 2012 at 6:52 am

I love citrus mixed in cocktails

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66 Jared April 12, 2012 at 6:52 am

I now Like you on Facebook!

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67 alisa joy April 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm

i like you on fb (of course)!

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68 alisa joy April 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

i like nunaturals on facebook!

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69 alisa joy April 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm

my favorite way to cook with citrus is to add fresh lemon juice to EVERYTHING! soup, salad, veggies, sandwiches….everything!

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70 kim April 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I love citrus straight up, cant get enough of oranges lately!!!

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71 kim April 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I like you on facebook

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72 kim April 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm

i follow you on twitter

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73 kim April 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I retweeted the giveaway

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74 kim April 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm

i follow nunaturals on twitter

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75 kim April 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm

liked nunaturals on facebook

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76 kim April 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm

i repinned the post

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77 Teena April 12, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I’ve never tried but may go try and find this product this weekend. I want to try your cookie recipe (which looks amazing) and other ideas mentioned. ….fingers crossed I win a bottle!

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78 JayLynn April 13, 2012 at 6:58 am

I love making orange rolls with fresh zest!

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79 bitt April 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

cooking with citrus, well I use lemon juice in my kale salads all the time.

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80 bitt April 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

i follow NuNaturals on twitter @cherrycobbler

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81 bitt April 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm

follow on twitter and tweeted @cherrycobbler

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82 bitt April 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm

like you on FB

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83 Rachel H. April 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Just made these for a bridal shower tomorrow. Mine came out a little dry. Will add more moisture next time. More milk? What do you think?

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84 spabettie April 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm

hi Rachel, mine were not really dry, a little bit I suppose (like a tea cake or butter cookie) but still moist in the middle. you could add more milk, oil or even an egg or applesauce – the cookie may flatten out like a normal cookie, and they would probably have to be scooped, not rolled with your hands.

I hope they are acceptable for the bridal shower and that people still like them!

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85 Rachel H. April 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm

They are very acceptable! Still great. I may have been a little too critical of my own talents. Mine were just like you described. My sister gave a second opinion and said they turned out just right. I’ll let you know how they are received.

I had to mix the plain alcohol free NuStevia with some orange extract because nobody near me has the new orange blend.

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86 spabettie April 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm

oh, good – thanks for letting me know that ;) I wouldn’t want you to be disappointed in a recipe you were taking to a party (or any recipe for that matter). and great idea using orange extract, probably tasted just the same!

enjoy the shower tomorrow!

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87 Crystal April 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I think the best way would be cookies I am going to make this!

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88 Sarah L April 14, 2012 at 1:15 am

I love using citrus in salads or adding it to sparkling water.

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89 Richa@HobbyandMore April 16, 2012 at 11:17 am

i love the cardamom and citrus together! I think my fave citrus is marmalades:)
Like you on fb!

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90 Robyn April 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Guacamole. Lime. A marriage made in heaven.

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91 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen April 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm

It’s not really “cooking” but lately I’ve been wanting to eat nothing but Citrus-Avocado Dressing…using whatever citrus I happen to have in my fruit basket.

I really just want those cookies because they have cardamom in them, though. [I mean, I’d love to try NuNaturals, too…but…]

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92 Dakota April 16, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Citrus and baked goods for me! Lemon poppyseed muffins, orange cupcakes. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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93 Dakota April 16, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I’ve liked NuNaturals on Facebook.

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94 Dakota April 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I’ve liked spabettie on Facebook.

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95 Jack April 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm

tweeted!

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96 Bridget April 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I love using citrus in a tempeh stir-fry with kale and spinach! Boosts the iron absorption :D

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97 spabettie April 18, 2012 at 7:34 am

that sounds really good, Bridget! and this is something I just recently learned about lemon – really good to know, since I use lemon a lot!

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