A childhood favorite, Grandma’s honey-sweetened holiday cookies have become a new family tradition.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been hooked on my Czech grandmother’s honey cookies. She’d make them for the St. Nicholas holiday, together with a honeybread (known more commonly as a gingerbread) house. After Grandma, my mom continues the tradition and always mails me a batch for the holidays (although, sadly, this season somebody at the postal service sniffed them out and ate them so they never made it to us). I’ve decided to continue the tradition: I made my own, and though they may not be as visually impressive, they’re a tasty and healthy alternative to the sugary cookies all around us.
The recipe is really very easy and hard to mess up–the worst that can happen is they might be very brittle first, but after about a week they will soften up. And even the pickiest eaters of all ages love them!
Ingredients (about 20 servings)
3 medium-sized eggs (room temperature)
2 cups whole wheat or white all-purpose flour
½ cup light-brown sugar
½ cup crushed (ground) walnuts or almonds
1 teaspoon baking powder or baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
9 tablespoons warm honey
1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together all dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar, nuts and salt.
2. Add eggs and honey into dry mix until all ingredients are mixed equally.
3. Put dough on parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
5. Grease bottom of your baking pan or line with parchment paper.
6. Roll dough flat to about 1/4 to 1/3″ thickness and cut desired shapes with cookie cutters and place each one on baking pan, about 0.5 inches apart.
7. Bake for about 10 minutes; then remove from oven and cool for another 20-30 minutes before serving.