January 29, 2013 by Dhani's recipes
A simple and fun to make recipe from Nigella Lawson‘s book, FEAST, with a little change. The original recipe does not have any honey at all, but I ran out of sugar half way through the process on a Sunday eve, so i simply poured in some honey. The honey gave it an amazing smell and all the sweetness the cookies needed. Due to the addition of the honey, I had to also increase the quantity of the flour to maintain the consistency.
The icing is super simple and you can have fun with the colors and the sprinkles!
First of all, let me tell you, the cookies disappear within no time! I halved the recipe as the original one made 25-30 fairly large cookies. My proportions made around 20 small ones. It all depends on the size of your cookie cutters. Each person is most likely to eat 2-3 small cookies.
45g soft butter
150g plain flour
50g caster sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp baking powder
a small pinch of salt
5-6 tbsp honey
For the icing:
75g icing sugar
around 1/2-1 tbsp of hot, but not boiling water
food colouring and some edible glitter or coloured sugar (optional)
Cream butter and sugar together until pale. Add in the honey, vanilla and the egg. Whisk until it is all combined properly. In another bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Combine the dry mixture with the wet one till you get a rather wet dough.
Don’t work the dough too much, as too much kneading makes the cookies tough. Add more flour if you feel that the dough is too sticky to be rolled out. Form a ball and press it down to form a flat disk, wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for atleast an hour.
Sprinkle a suitable surface with flour, unwrap the chilled dough and roll it out to a thickness of 1/2 cm. Dip the cutters into flour and cut out the shapes. Assemble cut out shapes on a lined and greased tray and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 8 minutes. Again, the cooking time depends on the size of the cookies, so bake until they just begin to colour.
While the cookies cool, whisk the icing with a little hot water till you get a paste. Add in a teeny bit of food colouring. You can divide the icing and make more colours.
Once the cookies are cool, simply dip one side of them in the icing and place again on the cooling rack to let the excess icing drip off. Once you have iced all the cookies, get creative and sprinkle with edible glitter or coloured sugar!