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Drunken Honey Cookies

by Nick

I was in the mood for some cookies last weekend, but I didn’t really feel like venturing out into the cold for a bunch of ingredients. So I thought I would throw together some things I had in my pantry and see how it worked in cookie form.

I came up with what I like to call Drunken Honey Cookies.

These guys look unassuming, but they are packed with flavor from Brandy and a good shot of honey. If I did them again, I think I would sprinkle them with raw sugar instead of plain sugar to give them some color.

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Drunken Honey Cookies

Drunken Honey Cookies

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons butter, soft
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Brandy
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.

2) Mix in brandy and egg.

3) Once all of those things are combined, add in half of your flour and keep beating.

4) Next, add your honey and milk. Mix this in well.

5) Then add your last cup of flour and you should end up with a pretty thick batter. Take about a tablespoon sized amount of batter and roll it loosely in your fingers to form a ball. Line these up on a baking sheet (don't need to grease it) or parchment paper is even better. Give them a few inches apart to grow.

6) Sprinkle cookies with lots of sugar. You should get about 2 dozen out of a batch.

7) Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees or until the edges are just brown. Cool the cookies on a rack.

Recipe adapted from Mark Bittman's book.


The stuff of drunken cookies.

The stuff of drunken cookies.

These cookies are about as easy as cookies can be I think. Start with your butter and sugar and cream them together. Creaming is baker-speak for beat the crap out of. The best way to do this is with a mixer of your choice, either stand or hand held. The goal is the get all those little granules of sugar equally coated in butter.

A simple start.

A simple start.

You will end up with a light, fluffy, tasty substance. I like to eat this with a spoon.

Butter abused.

Butter abused.

Next, add in your Brandy (or other delicious liquor), and egg. Continue to beat.

Once all of those things are combined, add in half of your flour and keep beating. If you are playing along at home, that’s 1 cup of flour.

Half of the flour goes in.

Half of the flour goes in.

Next, add your honey and milk. Mix this in well.

Honey and milk. The honey really makes this cookie.

Honey and milk. The honey really makes this cookie.

Then add your last cup of flour and you should end up with a pretty thick batter. Take about a tablespoon sized amount of batter and roll it loosely in your fingers to form a ball. Line these up on a baking sheet (don’t need to grease it) or parchment paper is even better. Give them a few inches apart to grow.

Sprinkle with lots of sugar.

Should make about 24 of these guys.

Should make about 24 of these guys.

These guys need to bake for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees or until the edges are just brown. Cool the cookies on a rack as per usual.

These were so delicious.

These were so delicious.

As you can see my cookies turned out pretty poofy. This is what I was going for. They are kind of cakey but very light and you can really taste the honey and Brandy. If you prefer a thinner cookie though just add some more milk (maybe 2-4 more Tablespoons).

There are a lot of cookie recipes floating around the Internet Kitchens these days. I tried to veer away from something overly complicated. These guys will give you delicious results.