I love honey. Spices, are amazing. Cookies? Who doesn’t enjoy a baked-from-scratch delicious cookie? I’m always searching for a good cookie recipe. The great things about cookies is the ability to share them. One batch of cookies can easily go to several groups of friends with leftovers for home. They don’t require utensils to eat, and can be stored in anything from a plastic bag, to a plate, to a cookie jar. Best of all, you can mail cookies. I like to send packages to my boyfriend when I’m out of town. It’s something that makes me really happy, and I enjoy him eating my baked treats. I like to remind him that I’m thinking about him, and that I care about him. Even before we started to see each other, I would send him and his roommates little packages with cookies, candy, and other treats during the holidays.
Part of the reason I bought The Amish Cook’s Baking Book was how great the cookie recipe section looked. Every recipe had basic ingredients, used brown sugar instead of white, and just seemed altogether wonderful in their simplicity. The honey spice cookies caught my eye because they contained honey. Honey is one of my favorite things to eat. I like it on cereal, peanut butter sandwiches, with yogurt, fruit… honey is delicious. It hits the tongue in such a complicated way that sugar just doesn’t quite. So I decided that they would be the perfect next cookie for try out.
Recipe: “Honey Spice Cookies” from The Amish Cook’s Baking Book by Lovinia Eicher with Kevin Williams
Review: These were great. The recipe didn’t indicate that the dough needs to be chilled, but it definitely does. Otherwise the dough is much too sticky to roll into balls and roll in the sugar. I considered skipping this step so that I didn’t have to chill the dough, but am very glad that I did not.
At first I was not impressed by the cookie. Most cookies are at their best right out of the oven when they are warm, gooey, and melt in your mouth. That wasn’t the case these cookies. These cookies were much better with age. I ate one right out of the oven, and dismissed it as an alright cookie. Not bad, but not special. The next day though, they were great. The flavors had time to develop and meld together overnight. I also felt like they were moister, and had a better consistency the next day. Overall, they were a wonderful cookie, and I will be making them again!