Years ago a reader named Janet shared this recipe for Honey Cookies, and I've been making them ever since. They are dense, chewy, and taste better than I expected. By that I mean I thought they'd be overpoweringly honey flavored, but the overall flavor is pretty balanced.
Honey Cookies Flavor
One reason the Honey Cookies are not too strong in flavor is that the honey is mixed with sugar. The combination of both makes the cookies chewy, dense and crackly on top. They're very pretty. Also, it's important to use the right kind of honey. The honey that works best in these cookies is regular old clover honey. Clover honey is very mild and will give you a hint of flavor, whereas something like orange blossom honey will be stronger.
No Mixer Required
And finally -- No mixer required! All you need is a bowl and a spoon.
- ⅔ cup vegetable oil (Canola is fine)
- 1 cup sugar (200 grams)
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup honey (80 grams)
- 2 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (can use a combo of white and wheat) (260 grams)
- Sparkly sugar or Turbinado sugar for rolling
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a mixing bowl, stir together oil, sugar, eggs, honey, baking soda, salt and vanilla. Mix well, then stir in the flour, stirring just until it is mixed in.
- Shape the cookies into balls about ¾ to 1 inch in diameter and roll them in sparkly sugar (or Turbinado). Place 2 ½ inches apart on ungreased or parchment lined cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes. They should be nicely browned around the edges, crackly and golden.