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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

Classic Sugar Cookie Cake

classic sugar cookie cake

I adapted this from the Dixie Crystals pure white sugar package- yep. Sometimes the best recipes are from the back of the box, if you know what I mean? This is no exception! I love Dixie sugar, and last year was lucky enough to receive a crap-ton of it for Brunch Week– like 12 bags!

So now that my kids are getting off the bus after their first day of school…I am welcoming them home with this beauty!

Classic Sugar Cookie Cake

Isn’t it cute? My kids made so much fun of my writing…”Does that say, Happy 1st Dan?”, “What is that, Play Doh?” No…no it is not. brats. No….just kidding. {sigh}

Okay, so I wrote a little welcome with my butter cream recipe, that isn’t super pretty but you know they did fight over the icing, so I over-did it a bit! They had seconds too- cuz that’s the nice-mom I felt like today.

I adapted it to use canola oil instead of butter. The recipe calls for a cup of butter, and that is two whole sticks. I don’t really want all that saturated fat with my old lady arteries, so I typically substitute 3/4 cups of canola oil for every 1 cup of butter. This has worked great for me most times with cookies only. Here’s the recipe as I made it:

Classic Sugar Cookies made into a Cookie Cake

Ingredients

3/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 375*. Spray a 9″ cake pan with non-stick spray or rub with butter (or margarine) completely.
  • In a large bowl, add the oil and sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla and mix.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add to the sugar mixture and stir until combined.
  • Add the sprinkles and mix completely.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of the cake pan, using your knuckles to evenly spread it.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes at 375* until the edges are just lightly browned.

Classic Sugar Cookie Cake

For the optional butter-cream frosting:

In a large bowl, add:

  • 3 TBSP. softened butter
  • 2/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 tsp.vanilla
  • 1 TBSP. milk

Mix with an electric mixer until soft and fluffy. Add to a plastic bag, cut the tip off, and pipe your letters. That’s it!

Classic Sugar Cookie Cake


I have a non-chocolate eater in my world, so I opted for sugar cookie flavor. I added some jimmies (sprinkles for you non North-easterners) and frosted the letters with my easy butter cream frosting, but you could also use ready made frosting or even just stick a little hand lettered-sign in the middle with a tooth-pick! Let’s make this easy shall we?

It pops out super easily after it cools too, so it’s better to slice up into sections:

 

classic sugar cookie cake

Well it is super easy and kind of a nice little welcome home at the end of their day. I am sure it was hard work having to NOT be on a screen, and NOT lay around in your PJs all day! I feel their pain and so I hope this helps ease it a little bit~

classic sugar cookie cake


Classic Sugar Cookie Cake

H.A.G. Cookie Baking Round Up! All the cookies, all the time!

H.A.G.cookie-round-up

Have you started your holiday baking yet? Have you been done for weeks, and have them tucked away in freezer containers, labeled by date and type of cookie, alphabetized by the first letter? I didn’t think so! I haven’t started my baking yet, and to be honest, I usually do it in a whirlwind of a few days(and nights) of straight out cookie baking. It seems more fun this way and efficient, as I tend to not have the ingredients of butter, butter, and more butter on hand all the time!

We like rolled, dropped, shaped, filled, raised and any kind of cookie there is. I am sharing my favorites from last year, in hopes that I will get some ideas of what new ones to bake and which cookies to retire. Unfortunately the pictures aren’t so good…I admittedly have gotten better at pics, but baking late at night is not great for beautiful cookie-pics!


12 Days of Cookies

Day 1: Mom’s Molasses

Any cookie exchange should have one or two spice cookies, and this is my one.  I make another, as you will see, but for now you must wait.  This recipe is great for a cookie exchange as it makes 4 dozen cookies!  When they are cooled, Put into a ziplock and freeze until you need them.

Day 2: Orange drops with dark chocolate

These little lovelies looks so pretty and fancy – a perfect unique cookie to have in the cookie-tin!  When I made them for a cookie exchange, they were a big hit: everyone asked for this recipe.  That is when you know it is a keeper!
orange chocolate cookie drops

Day 3: Butter pecan maple cookies

Maple adds such a different texture and loveliness to this cookie.  A must try.

Day 4No-Bake Crispy Chocolate Balls

Truly the underdog of the bunch, date ball recipes are all over the place right now.  Mine are a little different because I add Rice Krispies at the end, to add the best texture to this underrated cookie.No Bake Healthy Chocolate Balls

Day 5: Hello Dolly Bars

The easiest and also most delicious of my cookie recipes is this one. Even if you don’t care for graham crackers, this combination of flavors is addictive and like a special secret candy that you wonder why you don’t make these the year around.  Then you eat four of them, and know why you don’t make them the year around!Hello Dolly Bars

Day 6: Amy’s Hollywood Squares

Long days ago…If I was lucky enough to be at my friend Amy’s house after school, there was always the possibility that her mom would whip up these Hollywood Squares.  Oh my aching heart! These are just the best, sweetest, homemade peanut butter cup-like things ever! They bring me right back~Hollywood Squares

Day 7: Sugar Cookie Cut-outs

Now,  these aren’t the prettiest, I will admit. In fact, some are downright ugly! And the process isn’t always a smooth one (spilled eggs, sugar everywhere); But it is the best to see your kids see the process from start to finish and love it!

sugar cookie cut-outs

Day 8: Gingerbread Cut-outs

Cut-outs are fun: you get to pick the shape, and then decorate with your own creative talents- or enlist the kids to do it for you.  A little continuation of the fun with kids and cookie making~

Day 9: Surprise! Stuffed Chocolate Chippers

This is your day off {from making cookies from scratch that is}. Using just a tube of your favorite pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough, stuffed with yummy candy and then finally baked. Thank you and you’re welcome!stuffed chocolate chippers

Day 10: Peanut Kissespeanut butter blossoms

Day 11: Spritz Cookies

These are so pretty and a classic cookie to have in hand at the holidays. I love these- they remind me of my grandmother, and I am not even sure she made them. That and a bowl of butterscotch candies – somethings, are just reminiscent of a grandma…it is not a show-offy or overly donecookie- just an understated lovely bite.spritz cookie

Day 12Haystacks

Yes, these are the ugliest cookies that you have ever seen. Yes, they are the easiest. Even easier than the others. Yes, you will have one and then wonder why they taste SO good. Crazy cookie, but fun to have…

haystacks


So I have others too, all pinned nicely in my Cookie Board on Pinterest, but I also am thinking of going off-list and making a few more festive cookies to share with you soon, so stay tuned~

Here’s the summary of today’s share:

What is your have-to-have Holiday cookie?


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