Medoviya Prianiki (Russian Honey Rye Cookies)

Recipe by littleturtle
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READY IN: 55mins
YIELD: 30 cookies
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2
    cups dark buckwheat honey (buckwheat is best in these cookies, but any dark honey will do or 1 cup honey mixed with 1 cup molas)
  • 1
    cup rye meal, sifted
  • 1
    cup flour, sifted
  • 12
    teaspoon baking powder
  • 12
    teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1
    teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1
    tablespoon whiskey
  • 2
    drops anise flavoring (optional)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat the honey in a pan until it thins and comes to a boil; keep it very hot.
  • Sift together rye meal and flour and heat in skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, so it doesn't brown.
  • Add the baking powder, cloves, and ginger to the flour; mix quickly.
  • Add part of the flour mixture to the honey (remember it must be very hot) and stir.
  • Quickly add the whiskey, anise flavoring, and remaining flour.
  • Beat the mixture as hard as you can with a wooden spoon until the mixture easily comes off the spoon.
  • Shape the dough into a long roll, then flatten the roll slightly.
  • Cut off slices about 1/2-inch thick.
  • Place slices on a lightly greased and floured cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 325°F until light brown (30 minutes).
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