I'm not going to give this a star rating because they didn't quite work for me. I think the shortening amount may be wrong (flower7 checked the original and it is correct...perhaps the quality and thickness of honey matters???). I made half a recipe. The dough was very dry and crumbly even after refrigeration. I couldn't get it to form balls so I pressed it into my largest cookie sheet and sprinkled it with sugar. I baked it for 15 minutes. I cut it into squares just out of the oven and then let it cool and lifted them out. They were good and slightly chewy at first and then got rock hard overnight. The spice flavor is very nice. Made this way they remind me of thick graham crackers. I also wanted to add that I brought these to work and they got devoured by all of the coffee drinkers who enjoyed "dunking" them...so they weren't a total failure.
I really enjoyed these cookies. I think the honey really worked very well in this recipe, even though I had my apprehensions (I never used honey in a cookie recipe before). But honey and spices work very well together, and the cookies were really good.
I followed your recipe right on down & had no problem at all with these great tasting cookies! Used a dark wild flower honey from Texas, which I thought added nicely to the taste! These were a great addition to a neighborhood cookie exchange! Will definitely make these again! [Made & reviewed for one of my adopted chefs in this Spring's Pick A Chef event]