Ukrainian Christmas Honey Cookies Medianyky
- Ready In:
- 4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon clove
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 extra large eggs
- 1 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons chopped orange rind
- 1 egg, beaten with a little water for glaze
- 20 blanched almonds (without peel)
- coarse sugar crystals
- Sift together flour, spices, powdered sugar, and baking powder. Note: powdered sugar sometimes called icing sugar, confectioners' sugar or XXX sugar, all the same thing.
- Add eggs, honey, and orange peel to make a stiff dough.
- On a floured work surface, roll out dough about 1/2 inch thick.
- Cut shapes with cookie cutter, place on nonstick baking sheet, and brush with glaze.
- Place 1/2 almond in the middle of each, sprinkle with coarse sugar, and bake in preheated 350 degrees oven until done, about 15 minutes.
- Cool on racks.
- Store in tightly covered tins.
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From past reviews I knew this was going to be a hard dough and dense cookie. I used my Kitchenaid mixer with the dough hook attachment to mix up the dough. It worked very well that way. I didn't have extra large eggs, so I used 3 large eggs. I LOVE all the honey in it. These were a great tea cookie. They remind me a of coffee cookie that Girl Scouts used to offer, but no longer, so I was glad to have these again. We used a plastic drinking straw to punch holes in the tops of the cookies before baking, so they had a hole for looping ribbon through. We hung them on the tree for St. Nick. The kids thought it was such a cool idea to leave something out for him too, and not just Santa. My cat can't stop sniffing around my tree now. :) This was a great find for Bargain Basement Tag - Thanks!
I had trouble getting these to form a dough, so I added 3/4 cup butter and 1-2 tablespoons of water. I used lemon rind in these as that was what I had on hand. I made mine a little bigger so they took a little bit longer to cook. Once these cooled they had a nice soft texture and were nice and spicy. Thanks for the recipe.