So it's that wonderful time of year where homemade cookies are a must. Not only are they a great gift to give but they also are the very thing that stir up old memories of bygone Christmas seasons. I will always have fond memories of Mom's gingerbread cookies, Nanny's molasses "cooooookies" (family joke), and Grandma's thumbprint raisin cookies, and decorating an "adopted" Grammy's sugar cookies when I lived so far away from the grandmothers I loved so dearly.
Knowing that cookies are such a vital part of my childhood Christmases, I want to be able to keep those traditions going for my boys. However, the way that we choose to eat could be highly limiting what type of cookies we can make. We don't eat processed sugar, and regular flour, and many other things -- my family teases me and says we're pretentious eaters, but the truth is we try to count chemicals, not calories at our house.
Well, I stumbled upon a great recipe that used honey instead of sugar to make sugar cookies, and although it wasn't exactly what we eat, it was close so I made a few adjustments and created my own cookie recipe that I can feel comfortable feeding to my boys.
1 c . butter
1/2 c raw honey
1tsp vanilla extract
2 and 1/2 c light spelt flour
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan Sea Salt
*Keep in mind that the dough will need to chill for 30 minutes before you can work it so be sure to plan ahead!*
Making the Dough
1. Start by mixing room temperature butter and honey until well combined.
2. Mix in the egg and vanilla and then mix in the flour and salt.
3.Divide the batter into two parts, cover in plastic wrap, flatten each part, and refrigerate for thirty minutes; it’s much easier to roll out and handle the cut out pieces of chilled cookie dough.
Rolling Out the Dough
4. Roll out the chilled dough to about 1/4″ thick.
5. Flour the work surface well before rolling or roll between two pieces of parchment to keep the dough from sticking.
6. Cut the dough out using cookie cutters or the rim of a glass to any size that you like.
Baking the Cookies
7. Make sure the oven is preheated to 325 F.
8. Arrange the cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
(Since the honey cookies don’t rise much and they hold their shape really well, they can be placed close together on a cookie sheet.)
9.You’ll know they are done when the edges of the cookies just begin to brown at about thirteen minutes.
10. Remove them from the cookie sheet and let them cool on a cooling rack.
So delicious, and so easy. I hope you all have a very Merry and Healthy Christmas.