I recently received a lovely jar of raw desert flower honey as a travel gift from family who vacationed in Arizona. They came across The Health Foodie at the Arizona Farmer's Market and thought of me (hugs). The honey is delightfully sticky, has a pleasant floral aroma, and I am addicted. It goes in my coffee, on toast, and there have been a few occasions when it found its way directly from pot to mouth. This liquid gold popped in mind when I was craving something sweet over the weekend. How do I make cookies using only honey as sweetener?
After scavenging through cookbooks for a few helpful tips these soft, bite-sized cuties were born. The honey imparts a flowery sweetness while dried cherries and walnuts add chew and crunch.
Raw Honey Oatmeal Cookies (adapted from Ellie Krieger)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ cup canola oil
½ cup raw honey
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla paste
1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses
1 cup whole-wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 ¾ cups rolled oats
½ cup dried cherries
½ cup walnut pieces, toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pre-butter 2 baking sheets and set aside. In a mixer, beat the butter, oil, honey, egg, vanilla and molasses until fully combined.
In another bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in two batches, stirring to combine (be sure not to over mix). Stir in oats, cherries and walnuts.
Scoop small spoonfuls of batter and place about 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake until golden, about 8-10 minutes. Let the cookies cool then store in a loosely covered container.
These didn’t last longer than 24 hours in my house. Makes 2 dozen small cookies
Tips for Cooking with Honey
- Replacing the sugar in a recipe with honey? Use ¾ of a cup of honey for every cup of sugar, and reduce the other liquid ingredients by ¼ cup per cup of honey.
- Honey is a natural preservative. Use it in baked goods for a longer shelf life
- Spray the cup or spoon with cooking spray before measuring the honey to help it glide out with ease.