Honey Florentine Cookies

Honey Florentine Cookies

Hey, did you know September is National Honey Month?

Now you do! I was made aware of this fact from the Fantastical Food Fight bloggers, who make some kickin’ recipes for all things national holiday- they have some great honey recipe ideas for September at the bottom of this post- so check them out!

If you are celebrating Rosh Hashannah (the Jewish New Year), you know that an integral part of celebrating the sweetness of life’s blessings is with honey! There are a ton of beautiful and traditional honey recipes like honey & poppyseed challah, honey-cake, baklava, or just apples dipped in honey- simple and sweet.

I picked a cookie recipe since my family is P-I-C-K-Y! But they love cookies. I made these super fast and easy and egg-less cookies based on a recipe from Martha Stewart’s- sigh/groan – cookie book, aptly titled, Cookies:

I have actually made lots of recipes from this book, including my gingerbread cookie cutouts, which are probably my boys’ favorite cookies that I make. So, I know she is the maven-diva, but she makes a darn good cookie!

Honey Florentine Cookies

Have you ever made Florentines?

They are super easy to mix together with very little ingredients- But I have some tips:

  1. I doubled the recipe and still was amazed at how economical the recipe is with measurements…Why? Because these babies spread. You have to take care to space them 3 inches apart, or they just run all together.
  2. Because they are so fast to make, you also have to watch them carefully. The recipe states 6 minutes, but for my oven 4 mins plus 30 seconds was the sweet spot.
  3. My third tip, is to use parchment or a silpat. My results were the same for both, but it is a must- there is no way you can make these without one of these options.
  4. And finally, once you remove them from the oven, take your parchment or silpat off the pan and place on a wire rack to cool. They need to cool down on the paper for about 2 minutes before you attempt to peel them gently off the paper.

Don’t over or under cook them, like this- ack!:

Honey Florentine Cookies

Underdone was 4 minutes and overdone was 6- you can do the math!!

So, don’t be put off by my tips- these are an easy cookie to make and really pretty and different- more like a little candy-crisp-cookie. They keep for only 2 days, covered and separated by parchment between the cookies. So eat up & enjoy!!

Honey Florentine Cookies

A nice medium brown!


Honey Florentines

What you need:

4 Tablespoons butter
4 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoons honey
4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
a good sized pinch of kosher salt

Here’s what to do:

  • Preheat your oven to 375*
    Line 2 rimmed baking pans with parchment (or a  silpat baking mat)
  • In a small pan, melt the butter, brown sugar, and honey over low-heat.  Transfer to a bowl with a rubber spatula, whisk in the flour and salt until smooth.
  • Using a 1/2 teaspoon measure, scoop batter and drop onto the cookie sheet, spacing them 3-inches apart.
  • Bake until light brown, from 4-6 minutes, watching carefully.
  • Remove from the oven and remove paper or mat to a wire rack, and cool. Remove the cookies by peeling carefully off the paper or mat, and onto the rack.

Enjoy!

Honey Florentine Cookies

*Optional: You can melt a little chocolate and drizzle on top or gently spread on the backside of the cookies. Store covered, for up to 2 days.


Check out these Fantastical Food Fight Honey Recipes!


Honey Florentine Cookies

Cheesy Cauliflower Soup #SundaySupper

Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

Do you love cauliflower? I love it as an alternative to potatoes if I am trying to keep my carbs down. I roast them as a side dish at least once a week with broccoli or other veggies-  Today the Sunday Supper bloggers are sharing their best cauliflower recipes to tempt us with plenty of ideas for making this healthy veggie. Thanks to  Caroline from Caroline’s Cooking  for hosting today’s great lineup for us! I decided to make soup, since I am sort of in soup-mode with my Weeknight Chicken Soup from yesterday and on Thursday I made my favorite Beef Stew.   I am freezer-stocked and ready for the cold weather!

This cheesy cauliflower soup is so comforting and cheesy, but lower in carbs than my Baked Potato Soup. It has the same, creamy and delicious flavor though, is totally vegetarian for Meatless Monday, and is simple enough that you can make it in 30 minutes!

Cheesy Cauliflower Soup


Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients:

1 onion
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
1/2 a shallot, diced fine
1/2 head of fresh cauliflower, separated into small chunks
1 carton (32oz) vegetable broth
1/3 cup flour
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. of italian seasoning (or choice of oregano, thyme or basil)
1 1/2 cups low-fat milk
3 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese

What you do:

  • Chop the onion, carrots, and celery to small bite sized pieces. In a large pot, heat 1 Tbsp. oil to medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery and shallot and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the cauliflower florets. Continue to cook for 4 minutes more.
  • Add the vegetable broth and cover continuing to cook for 15 minutes until the carrots and cauliflower are very soft.
  • Using your immersion blender or regular blender (in batches, be careful!) rough puree the soup. (Add back to the pot, if you removed it).
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour and seasonings. Slowly whisk in the milk mixture to this until it’s smooth. Add this to the soup and let it simmer until the soup gets thick- about 5-6 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the cheese. Stir until melted.
  • Serve!

Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

Creative Cauliflower Recipes #SundaySupper

O.M.G. these recipes look amazing!

Creative Cauliflower Starters and Sides

Make My Cauliflower a Main Dish

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Cheesy Cauliflower Soup

Weeknight Chicken Noodle Soup #SoupSwappers

Weeknight Chicken Noodle Soup

This recipe is a love-letter to anyone who wants chicken noodle soup when they’re sick and no one knows how to make it for them….this is your guy! Either you make and freeze it for that “emergency stash” of chicken soup, or your loved one can make this because guess what my friends? This is that easy!

Not just for sick people, this is a great FAST meal! I use 2 canned chicken soup products because, ONE it makes it taste really good and gives it a creaminess that is wonderful, and TWO, this is a busy night meal- not a purist’s recipe night! You busy moms and dads get it!

Weeknight Chicken Noodle Soup

Weeknight Chicken Noodle Soup

What you need:

1 tsp. olive oil
2 carrots, diced small
2 stalks of celery, chopped to small pieces
2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
1 onion, diced medium
48 ounces (6 cups or about 3 cans) of chicken stock
1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup- or make homemade
1 can of golden mushroom soup
2 cups of leftover cooked chicken, chopped OR meat from 1 rotisserie chicken

Here’s what to do:

In a large stock pot, add the oil and heat to medium. Add the carrots, celery, garlic and onion. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and cook until the onion is translucent but not browned. Add the chicken stock, 2 cans of soup and leftover chicken. Continue to simmer until heated through, about 20-30 minutes until the carrots are soft. While this is cooking, I boil a pot of water and make the noodles according to the package directions.

To serve, put a pile of noodles in the bowl and top with the soup. Ta Da!

Weeknight Chicken Noodle Soup

**If you are storing this, store the noodles separately so they don’t get mushy in the soup. This freezes super well too, to make it an even easier meal for a busy weeknight!

For more busy weeknight soups, check out the other Saturday Soup Swapper blogger recipes:

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Weeknight Chicken Noodle Soup