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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.


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

My 6 Favorite Bloggers for Passover

My 6 Favorite Bloggers for Passover | Hardly A Goddess

If you don’t know this about me, I celebrate Passover, as I am Jewish. My husband and 4 kids are Catholic. We are what you would call maybe “interfaith” but I like to just call us: Flexible and open-minded. We all like what we do, and appreciate and respect one another’s beliefs. That said, you will note that I celebrate many Jewish holidays right along side the Christian ones. That was how I was raised and also sort of how I am doing it myself.  No matter what religion you are I have found 6 great blogging sites that have great recipes, most of which are for Jewish cooking or kosher cooking. During Passover, I like to find recipes that are  Kosher, easy to make and family friendly/adaptable to non-Kosher eaters.

Passover recipes are easy to come by, just like any other recipes, but to find tried and true, real “family” recipes I have found a few go-to sites that make my inter-faith life so much easier. I can adapt recipes during Passover to fit the lifestyle of my family, who don’t all necessarily have to eat this way but I like to. Here are six of my favorites to pull ideas from, during Passover or any time of year that you are looking for Jewish recipes or cooking:

Kosher on a Budget
I love this blog. It loads kind of slowly sometimes, but she is rich in recipes here and has menu plans (Ahhhhhmen!) specifically for the Passover week in addition to all the time. I love her Crockpot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls.

Family Friends Food
This one is all about the food. The Overnight Matza Breakfast Bake looks perfect when you are sick of the same old egg and matza, and craving a little sweet. Since it is a UK blog, some recipes are measured in grams instead of (the U.S.) ounces, cups, etc. I consider this is blogging-find!

The Kosher Baker, AKA Paula Shoyer
Not so much the blog, but the book…I borrowed her New Passover Menu book from my library and can I tell you?… I made Passover Crumb Cake muffins(p.88)…yes, muffins! So good and moist- not crumbly. I am in love. I also made her Chicken Scaloppini with Mushrooms (p.81) and I will be making this make-ahead chicken all year! I love that it is designed to make ahead and reheat. If  you need more of these kind of recipes this is for you- and it was so, so good! I highly recommend her recipes!

Kosher for Passover Muffins | Hardly A Goddess

Never mind my finger here…or the Santa muffin wrappers…I told you we are an “Interfaith” household!

Joy of Kosher
So, this blog makes me feel bad about myself. She is amazing and has tons of awesome recipes for all year round, and also for the Matza-driven masses. Tons of cute Seder ideas for kids and other lovely things here. Worth a peek…or 2 hours!

What Jew Wanna Eat
I just like the name of this blog, so I went here and found tons of great recipes to choose from. A fun tone and superb pictures to lead you where you want to find deliciousness! This Matza Ball Chicken Tortilla Soup has me ready to make this NOW! Great food here.

Overtime Cook
All about good food, easy food, and lots of different food. She is a young and accomplished home-cook that has a great take on making family friendly kind of meals. I like the simple ingredient and kid-friendly Passover ideas that this blog offers.

Soooo that is it! I hope you take a peek at some of these sites (and one book!) since I have spent more than a little time looking at them, my Passover menu has already improved! Next year I think I will try a menu plan to pull lots of these ideas from. Have a Happy Passover!