German Honey-Spice Cookies Recipe

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German Honey-Spice Cookies

From Dorothy McNett's Recipe book at www.dorothymcnett.com. Perfect for christmas cutouts and making hansel and gretel house as these are intended to be VERY HARD but will soften after a few weeks.

6 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs (7/8 cup), slightly beaten
1/2 cup liquid honey

Sift flour and spices. Add sugar. Combine eggs and honey in another bowl, mix with dry ingredients. Mix with hands until ingredients cling into a ball, adding 1-2 tablespoons water if needed. If it is too difficult to mix, cover and let stand about 15 minutes, and then try again. Turn dough onto board or counter. Knead until smooth and workable (may take a while). Put dough in bowl. Cover at room temperature several hours so honey can be absorbed completely by flour. On lightly floured board roll dough 1/5 at a time to 1/8" thickness. Cut out house pattern or use cookie cutouts. Bake at 350 about 12 minutes depending on the size of the cutout. Ice with confectioners icing or any white frosting.

This cookie is very, very hard in texture so that it will hold up as a house when decorated with frosting and candy. The cookies will keep on the Christmas tree for weeks, and eventually they will soften enough to eat. Best is to dunk them into hot cocoa or coffee!

Recipe created 1994-10-27.

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