Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Try these

If you want to try a new recipe this year, try this one, Honey-Spice Cookies:

3/4 cup butter, cut into small pieces
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup dark honey
2 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp powdered ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Beat the butter and sugar toghether in a large bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy. Stir in the beaten eggs, honey, vinegar, and vanilla extract, until all the ingredients are well combined. Sift the flour, soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves together over this mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon to form a smooth dough. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a large baking sheet.

Pinch off pieces of the dough and roll them by hand into small balls, about 3/4-inch in diameter. Place them on the buttered baking sheet, 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake on the middle rack of the oven, one baking sheet at a time for about 15 minutes. The cookies will puff up at first, then flatten out as they bake. Use a spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Roll the remaining dough into balls and bake. Store the cookies up to one month in a tightly covered container.

These taste especially yummy on cold, snowy afternoons dipped in coffee. Besides that, the house smells wonderful as they're baking, like mine does right now. Guess what I'm enjoying for a snack tomorrow.


Susan said...

Dark honey? Never heard of it. Is it something special you buy that's sitting on the shelf next to the regular honey? Or do you pick the honey jar on your pantry shelf that has the darkest color? I don't get it.

Glenda said...

Yeah, me neither, I simply grabbed the honey off my shelf and used it. This recipe came from a member in the church and the photocopied page says it is from, "German Life" December/January 2007. I was going to note that in my post, but forgot as I was currently baking them at the same time.

Also the recipe says you can frost them (I've never tried) with a simple white frosting: sift 3 cups powdered sugar, combine it with 3 Tbsp cream, milk, or orange liqueur, 2 tsp fresh lemon juice, and 1 tsp vanilla. Beat till smooth and brush the glaze on the tops. Let the glaze set completely before storing.