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Cardamom & Honey Cookies

I pulled together these cookies by wanting to make some sugar cookies I saw at the back of a box, and deciding about halfway through I wanted to do something with the lovely blackberry honey and meadowfoam honey I got from HMS Beekeper. The blackberry honey, which I originally bought to make minted honey tea for my sore throat, is bold and rich, and not at all delicate. The aftertaste is strongly blackberry, but without the tartness. I had really hoped it would come out more in the baked product, but it didn't. The meadowfoam honey, which Bryon, HMS's owner, strongly recommended for baking, does indeed hold well under relatively high heat. It's sweet, spun sugar candy-like flavour works well with biscuits. I would use it again, if I ever needed to make more honey cookies.

I'd originally used about half the cardamom indicated below, which didn't pull through for me after baking. Occasionally, I'd get a whiff of astringent green spice when I opened the oven or stirred the batter, which quickly faded. Also, this is definitely a cookie to eat warm rather than store in a jar. While warm, the edges are crisp, leading to the creamy, crumbly delicate center. When stored overnight, the cookie is soft, crumbly and mellow overall. It's still nice, just not as texturally intriguing. The warm version strongly reminds me of my mother's touch-me-nots -- baked meringue discs with dollops of sweet custard on top. Mmm!


2 cups plain flour
2 sticks unsalted butter (allow to soften to room temperature)
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup honey
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp powdered cardamom
½ tsp salt
1 egg (beaten)


1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Sift (optional) and mix dry ingredients. Set aside.
3. Stir butter and sugar until well combined. The sugar will be kind of crunchy, that's great!
4. Add egg and honey to butter. Mix well.
5. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
6. Scoop rounded tablespoonfuls of batter onto a well-greased cookie sheet/tray.
7. Bake for 13 - 15 minutes. Depending on how your oven's set up, you may want to turn the tray around halfway through. If you're finding the cookies are browning far too quickly, drop the heat to 350°F.
8. Cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm. Got slightly bitter tea? Milky tea? Excellent!



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Aug. 14th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
If it's a cookie you're serving up soonish to be eaten warm, maybe a dab of the blackberry honey onto it fresh out of the oven would do it? It'll melt in but not cook out.

Of course, that's extra work and pausing the eating of the cookies... Ooh, dilemmas.
Aug. 15th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
This is true! It would be like a honey tart. Mmmm. Honey tart... next thing to make...
Aug. 22nd, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
You two are evil. I quit smoking in October and I was so pleased that I only gained seven pounds. Unfortunately, it was enough to trigger my blood sugar to go bats*** crazy, so I must plan my sweets now.
Getting old sucks.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 04:46 am (UTC)
Congrats on quitting smokes!
In spite of how it looks, I rarely get a sweet tooth. When I do, I usually do everything in my power to reduce the sugar in recipes. The honey helps, for me, as does molasses. Are you diabetic, or is it just a limit on sugar in general?
Aug. 22nd, 2011 05:38 am (UTC)
Diabetic now, hang it. Ah well, I outlasted my sister by almost 10 years, she wasn't quite 40 when she was diagnosed and she's two years younger. Fortunately for me, I enjoy "good for you" foods, this is a good excuse to eat more fish, lol. The buffet at the local casino has a veggie chef that is genius, his sauteed swiss chard is wonderful!
Aug. 31st, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
Are you and your hubby free to meet up for a meal anytime Friday to Sunday? Name a restaurant and time, and I'll meet you there!
Aug. 31st, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
in San Francisco, I mean.
Sep. 1st, 2011 05:27 am (UTC)
Hey, you're in town! Friday's good. Depending on where downtown you are (or how close you are to BART), there's Dojima-Ann, conveniently 2 blocks from Powell St. BART.

Or, let us know where in town you are, so we can find a place to meet close by.
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