These are a traditional Slovak cookie, generally made around Christmas. When I traveled to Slovakia I fell in love with a traditional cake called Medovnik (if you want to see my attempt at it, click here). When I came across this recipe on the Slovak Cooking blog, I knew I had to try them.
They are wonderful. A little like honey graham crackers, a little like gingerbread cookies, a little like spice cake… an incredibly unique cookie that is SO easy to roll and cut out (I can’t stand sticky, messy cut-out cookie dough!) They filled my house with wonderful fall scents when I baked them and I will definitely be making them again. Here’s the recipe:
- 4 ¼ cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 ¼ sticks (5 oz.) of unsalted butter
- 3 ½ tablespoons of honey
- ½ cup of water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon
- ½ tablespoon ginger
- ½ tablespoon cloves
- Heat the sugar, water and honey in a sauce pan until the sugar dissolves, stirring constantly.
- Stir in the butter, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
- Once the butter has melted, let the mixture cool.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
- Pour the sugar-spice mixture over it and mix well.
- Knead lightly to form a smooth dough.
- Wrap it in cling film and refrigerate for at least an hour. (the recipe called for refrigeration, but my dough was just perfect to roll out immediately.)
- Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
- Roll dough out on a board dusted with flour.
- Cut cookies in whatever shapes you want and place on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 5-8 minutes (they bake fast, so keep an eye on them).
- Cool and frost with your favorite glaze or frosting (I used Royal Icing, click here for the recipe and for directions on how to use it)
My thoughts: I really do love these cookies. The recipe was so different than any other cookie recipe I’ve made before. I have a love/hate relationship with royal icing. I hate the 12 years it takes to frost my cookies, but then I LOVE the finished result. However you ice them, these cookies are a unique addition to your cookie recipe collection. Enjoy! ~r
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