Do you know what begins tonight? Anyone?
If you guessed Rosh Hashana, you’re 100% right! That’s the Jewish new year, when it’s traditional to eat sweet foods to usher in an equally sweet new year.
Honey is one of the most popular Rosh Hashana foods. A lot of people make a honey cake, but as Kenny pointed out, it’s not the best of cakes. So instead, I offer up these honey cookies!
The school system I teach for actually gives everyone the first day of this holiday off, so I only have to take leave for the second day. Yay for my wonderful county!
At the same time, most of my colleagues don’t celebrate the holiday, so they’re all excited to be getting into a three-day weekend, whereas I’m just looking ahead to lots of cooking and cleaning.
It’s traditional to make a lot of food for our holidays, and it’s all good stuff. There’s the requisite brisket, or honey-baked chicken, or kugel (look it up if you don’t know what this is). It’s all so much food, and yet people seem to eat every bite.
Seeing as how I’m doing a lot of work this weekend to prep, I’m keeping this post short. We all good on that? I’ll also be incommunicado through Tuesday night, so it is what it is. Goodbye, pretty iPhone. For now.
Honey cake is controversial because it’s often dry and comes across as an inferior version of spice cake or carrot cake. Therefore, I’ve jettisoned it completely in favor of honey cookies.
These are a snap to put together, and they are delightfully honey-ish without going fully over the threshold of being too sweet. If you pair these with tea, it’s a match made in heaven.
To all my friends celebrating, shana tovah (happy new year). May this be a year filled with all the good things!
2 and 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the egg and sugar, stirring until the mixture is creamy. Add the oil and stir again until everything is well combined.
- With the cup you used for the oil, measure out the honey and pour it in. It should slide right out. Add the vanilla and stir well.
- Pour the flour mixture into the wet mixture and mix until the dough is smooth.
- Roll the dough into balls and place two inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake 11-12 minutes. Do not overbake.
- Cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Recipe credit: Susie Fishbein, Kosher by Design: Teens and Twentysomethings
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Honey cookies!! I can’t think of a sweeter way to welcome a new year and a holiday – hope you and your family have a year full of all the good things! xoxo
Kate @ Framed Cooks recently posted…Ravioli Lasagna!
Thanks, Kate! I’m all about starting the year off sweet!
Happy New Year, Mir! These cookies look like the perfect way to celebrate 🙂
Megan – The Emotional Baker recently posted…Criss-Cross Cashew Butter Cookies
They are, Megan. Thanks so much!
I hope you have a great holiday and enjoy your time off! Honey cookies definitely sounds like the perfect way to celebrate. Love how easy these are to make, too!
So easy. Thanks, Gayle!
I had so many Jewish friends in high school so I know a lot about Rosh Hashana! Honey cookies?! What a great idea!!! and they look so good! Hope you have a great day off! enjoy it!
Thanks, Alice! It was nice to just chillax for a change!
Happy Rosh Hashana, Mir – hope your family are having a wonderful holiday. BTW, you could make a gazillion of these and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were all eaten up because they look like decadent pillowy clouds of honey!
Shashi at RunninSrilankan recently posted…Pumpkin Curried Pork Chops
They are totally honey clouds, Shashi. 🙂 Thanks!
Happy New Year Mir! Love the honey cookies but I also like the sound of honey cake, doesn’t sound too bad! 🙂
Manali@CookWithManali recently posted…Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes
It sounds good, but honey cake is often very dry. So I’ll stick with these!
Happy Rosh Hashana, Mir!! While a honey cake sounds pretty good, I’d totally be ALL over these honey cookies! I mean cookies > cake always for me! These cookies look delicious, girlie! While I don’t personally celebrate this holiday, I’m thinking I still need a few dozen of these scrumptious cookies in my life! Cheers girl and happy new year!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary recently posted…Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filled Apple Bread
Thanks, Chey! No chocolate in these babies!
Happy New Year Mir! Hope it is a great one! Love honey cookies and these look delicious! Need to try them, they remind me of cookies sold in Bulgaria, but those are also dipped in melted chocolate 🙂 Sharing!
mira recently posted…Baked Apple Chips Nachos Recipe
Dipping these in melted chocolate is such a good idea!
Happy new year, Mir! All you have to do is mention kugel and now I’m craving it!
I tend to get in a rut where the only thing I do with honey is put it on my toast. Why do that when there are so many more delicious options, like these lovely cookies?
Amanda recently posted…Apple Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze
I’m always craving kugel. But honey anytime is the best1
Happy New Year, Mir! These honey cookies look like a delicious way to celebrate!
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks recently posted…Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies Recipe
They totally are, Rachelle. Thanks!