Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Golden Honey Cookies

These sweet and easy-to-make cookies have a wonderfully light, cake-like texture. Recipe makes 20-25 cookies.


3 1/2 ounces (100 g) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring essence
8 teaspoons honey
1 1/2 cups all-purpose (plain) flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease two baking trays.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer or wooden spoon until light and creamy.
3. Add the egg, a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla and honey.
4. Sift together the flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Gently fold into the creamed mixture using a large metal spoon.
5. Put heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking trays, allowing room for the cookies to spread. To make decorative grooves, press the top of each cookie with the prongs of a fine fork, dipping the fork into flour to prevent the mixture from sticking.
6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden, swapping over the baking trays halfway through the baking time. Cool for 2-3 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tip: For a different flavor, add 1 teaspoon ground ginger instead of the cinnamon. For a citrus tang, add the grated rind of 1 large lemon or 2 limes.

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