Cardamon & Orange Zest Cookies (Bai Dou Kou 白豆蔻 and Chen Pi 陳皮)

Indian Cardamon Pods

Indian Cardamon Pods

This recipe includes Asian medicinal herbs that are good for digestion: ‘Bai Dou Kou’ and ‘Chen Pi’.  We study these herbs in the class Oriental Herbology II.  ‘Bai Dou Kou’ is in the category ‘Aromatic Transform Damp’ and ‘Chen Pi’ is in the category ‘Regulate Qi’.


  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour (a gluten-free mix works!)

    Merritt’s Cardamon & Orange Zest cookies

  • 1.5 TBS grated orange zest (grated, fresh ‘Chen Pi’)
  • 1.5 tsp ground Indian cardamom (similar to the Chinese ‘Bai Dou Kou’)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  • 3-inch round or 2 3/4-inch square cookie cutter

Whisk together flour, orange zest, cardamom, and salt.

Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, then beat in yolk and cream. At low speed, mix in flour mixture until a dough forms. Chill for 30 min, then roll dough into small 1 inch balls, and bake for 9-14 min, or until done.

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  1. These are wonderful! I am happy that Lana said we should make Chen Pi for our medicine kits. I had some left over and honestly, I love an excuse to use butter. Thanks, Merritt.

    Comment by Robi — April 6, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

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  3. Have just started to use my dehydrator to make home made chen pi. Great to have around to snack on.

    Comment by Jodi Host — October 29, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

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