Honey cookies

This is a truly special recipe and not just because it comes from the family in Hungary, but also because this is one of the heroes of Artisan Cakes, our cake business. Lots and lots of brides and birthday girls had this versatile cookie with all sorts of decoration for party food or favour!

 

This is also the cookie that I bake most often for the kids: not that they care about the high honey and the very little fat content, but they love the taste and the texture! These cookies can keep for at least 3 months in an airtight container, if it is not eaten up before, so you can bake big batches. As honey is hygroscopic, the texture of the cookie is changing with the weather: crunchy in dry climate and softer in a humid one.

 

Ingredients

1 kg standard flour a pinch of salt 1 tbsp of baking soda 200 g of icing sugar 2 tbsp honey cookie spice mix* finely grated zest of 2 oranges (or 1 orange and 1 lemon) 500 g honey 100 g of butter or margarin 4 egg yolks * the honey cookie spice mix I use has 11 different spices in it like cinnamon, clove, ginger, pepper, cardamom...To simplify it, you can use a mix of 75% ground cinnamon and 25% ground cloves

Method

Measure the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Warm up the honey and the butter gently in the microwave or in a bowl over steam until it turns into a warm liquid. Add this to the dry mix and start bringing it together (you can use the mixer if it is a strong one but only with the dough hook) and add the egg yolks. It is quite a hard dough but over time it will come together! Depending on the type of honey your dough might become very hard then you can soften it with the addition of more warm honey, or the other way round, add some more flour to it if it turns too soft. The dough should be more on the firmer side than too soft! You can let the dough rest for a couple of hours at room temperature, just cover it with tea towel. Then roll it out around 5 mm thick on a well floured surface (otherwise it will stick to it) and cut out the desired shape(s) and bake in the oven - leaving enough space among them as they will grow a bit - at 200 C for about 10 minutes. You need to keep an eye on it as it can burn quickly! Let it cool and decorate if you want. If you do not want sugar decorations on it, you can also use an egg wash on top of the cookies and add some nuts on top before baking.

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