Wednesday, January 12, 2011

~Honey Cookies {Recipe}~


I love you  ~Honey~! 
 White Heart

Honey is good, in fact it is so good I eat it by teaspoons. Do you know what I love? Little honey with few drops of fresh lemon juice. I add honey to my morning oatmeal, to my tea, to my cookies, to my plain yogurt, I love it straight from the jar or drizzled on a piece of buttered bread.

 
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 You ever had really badly chopped lips, try all natural honey lip gloss, it works like a charm.

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Honey is the only sweetener not made by a man, it is a monosaccharide, the simplest form of sugar,it treats, heals, it smiles ...
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Scents of a Woman by Iris
eau de cookie where scents all abound
perfume bottles done on a round
no designer prices to pay for these scents
just essence of cookie is much more intense

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Today I'm going to share with you my Honey Cookie Recipe.
There are hundreds of Honey Cookie Recipes, each can be slightly different than the other, but they all have one thing in common. They use HONEY.


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400 grams all purpose flour
60 grams honey ( I use wild flower honey)
160 grams powdered sugar
100grams butter
2 eggs
1tsp baking soda
1tsp cocoa
pinch of salt
spices* : 1 1/2tsp cinnamon, 1/2tsp ground star anise( I recommend that you ground a fresh one, using mortar and pestle, ground star anise tends to loose its aroma after a while, so freshly ground is the best one to use)1/4tsp ground cloves, pinch of white pepper

1egg-to make the egg wash, if using**

*use of spices is a personal preference, if you'd like you can add more white pepper, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg.
** using a fork or tiny whisk, break the egg until it gets foamy, at this point I like to strain the egg wash to get a really smooth egg wash



In a medium bowl, sift 3*** times flour, baking soda, spices, salt and cocoa.
Add room temperature butter, honey and eggs, at first I use a wooden spoon to kind of incorporate "wet" ingredients into the dry ones. Then using hands I make the dough.
Wrap the dough, chill and let mature for 24 hours.

***sifting is important, it ensures baking soda and spices  are  well  distributed.


Preheat oven to 195C
(385F)

Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper 

Roll the dough  between 2 pieces of parchment paper, if needed very lightly flour your bottom parchment paper, roll the dough into approximately 3-5 mm thick (3/16 inch).
Cut your desired shapes.

Brush with egg wash****

**** this is also a personal preference, some honey cookie artists don't brush their cookies with egg wash, some do. Applying egg wash can  sometimes interfere with adherence of royal icing to the cookie.Personally I only had this happened about handful times and most people I know use egg wash on their honey cookies.
That being said, if you plan to  coat a whole cookie with icing there is no need to use egg wash as cookie will be covered with icing anyway.

Bake for 6-8 minutes, depending on the size of cookies. Try to bake smaller shapes and larger shapes separately, smaller shapes will be baked before larger ones.

Remove from oven, let cool completely.

Cookies need to rest for a day.
Decorate next day.
Store in the airtight container.
Honey cookies will be hard at first, within a several days they will absorb moisture from the air, if you need to speed up this process, you can place a piece of  an apple into the container, just make sure you replace it within a few days with a fresh piece.
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 Greek Honey - The Food of Gods
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Simple Leaves
beauty and elegance abounds in these leaves
like wings on a angel with gossamer sleeves
cookies so delicate in their own way
have an air of distinction baked by hani today

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I wasn't going to post this video, but since I've already made it I may as well use it.
Lighting is really bad but you get the idea.
I hope to tape something during normal day hours and not at 2am next time!

video
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11 comments:

  1. What a great way to start the day...looking at your gorgeous cookies! I love the perfume cookies:) My husband loves honey and has been buying all sorts lately(and even reading a book about it): Tupelo honey, avocado honey, etc. I'll definitely be trying this recipe!

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  2. Sue, that is wonderful. I love Honey, and there are so many varieties, I have to snap a picture when I go to a local Russian store, they have the largest honey selection I've seen, I don't think I've seen avocado honey though, that really sounds interesting.
    Let me know how you like these.

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  3. Como siempre , un trabajo impecable!!! me encantan!! Te felicito.
    Spanish Bss

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  4. These cookies look amazing! I love the decorations :) I have bookmarked your blog and now I am finally following it. Thanks so much for the gorgeous photos.

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  5. Thank you very much for posting this! I had read on Pam's blog about your use of honey cookies, and I didn't know what you meant and planned to write to you, but now you posted the answer! Plus, so much more, so much excellent information. I really appreciate it!

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  6. There aren't even words for how amazing those white heart cookies are. Your piping and design and detail are just phenomenal. I can't even imagine ever considering making something as intricate and beautiful as ONE of those cookies....much less all of them. WOW!

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  7. Your cookies all look amazing. I have blackberry honey I've been meaning to open, I may just have to crack it open and make some of these cookies, wonder if the decorating talent will come with the recipe :) he he he. You do such a great job!

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  8. Hola Hanniela!
    Te felicito, si antes hacías unas galletas hermosas, ahora estas son ESPECTACULARES.
    Gracias por agregar el video que es tan útil.
    Me faltan palabras para decirte WWWOOOWWWW.
    Besos

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  9. Stumbled across your blog by chance...Really glad I did coz your work is simply superb! There's just no words to describe how wonderful your goodies are...Love it so much! You got yourself a fan here ;-)

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  10. HOW DID YOU LET ME MISS THESE!!! I love love love love love honey cookies best of all my friend!

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  11. Thank you so much everyone for stopping by.
    I hope you give honey cookies a try,kids love them too.

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