Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Thursday, 17th February 2011

I’m on the hunt for new and simple cookie recipes.  Why?  Well, it’s because it’s that time of year again.  Time for bridal showers!  My first sighting? These Spiced Honey Fingers.  I hoped they would be delicious enough to add to the ever so important Italian Cookie Trays that we will be preparing for my niece’s (Natalie) upcoming Bridal Shower.

A photo of Spiced Honey Fingers decorated with white and yellow Cookie Icing.p on a wire cooling rack.

Immediately I was enticed by the classic pairing of luscious honey and tangy ginger. The recipe only called for a hand full of ingredients. That made them simple to make, a critically important criterion when you’re baking dozens and dozens of cookies. Simple is good!

A photo of Honey Cookies decorated with Cookie Icing.

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have my reservations.  When first preparing the cookie dough I noticed that it was delicate.  So delicate in fact, that I wondered how I would ever be able to roll it into logs for slicing.  But clever recipe that it is, once cooled, the dough came together quite easily.

Wow!  This hunt was definitely worth the time.  The texture of these cookies was amazing – pillowy soft, tender and chewy.

A photo of Spiced Cookies decorated with white and yellow Cookie Icing displayed in a martini glass.

A good amount of honey is used in this recipe, giving the cookies a pale, golden colour.  The honey also gives the cookie a mild, sweet flavour.  That combined with hints of ginger and cinnamon make these cookies rather addictive.

A photo of a jar of Honey and a couple of Honey Cookies decorated with white and yellow Cookie Icing.

The iced topping was the best way to finish this cookie.  It provided the perfect balance to the heat from the spices.

A photo of honey cookies displayed on a white plate with freshly cut yellow and white daisies.

I am happy to say these Spiced Honey Fingers have earned their spot on our very special Italian Cookie Tray.  They are also the perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea.

A photo taken looking down on honey cookies with freshly cut white and yellow daisies.

A photo of 2 Spiced Cookies displayed in a cupcake liner on a small cupcake stand with freshly cut white and yellow daisies.


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Comments (28)

28 Responses to “Spiced Honey Fingers”

  1. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. Says:

    These look wonderful!

  2. lauren Says:

    Wow, these sound fabulous. yum yum .I have recently become infatuated with Honey. I love it on everything and in everything. Thank you

  3. Gina Says:

    looks great!

  4. Jessica Says:

    These look great! Love the colors!

  5. Penny Wolf Says:

    Those look beautiful! I have never experienced an Italian cookie tray I’m sorry to say but it sounds like a dream come true.

  6. Grace Says:

    Penny it is a work of art, many, many weeks of baking are involved, it must be “perfect”. Looking back I can’t believe I only starting making cookies for the last 2 showers, prior to that I couldn’t bake a chocolate chip cookie. I was relegated to all the other tasks, flowers, menu’s, bombonniere, invitations. It’s amazing what a little time and practise can do.

  7. FOODESSA Says:

    I too have also noticed that making dough with honey is usually more delicate and takes a good baker to stick with it. I’m glad you shared this with us. Great cookie to add to my repertoire ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  8. Lizzy Says:

    Beautiful cookies!!! Love your photos~

  9. Annie Says:

    I love the combination of spices and honey in these. I don’t think I’ve ever used honey in a cookie it sounds like a great idea!

  10. Joy Says:

    Those look great.

  11. Evan Thomas Says:

    These look great! Honey has quickly become my favorite sweetener again. You just can’t beat its amber tones.

  12. RavieNomNoms Says:

    Those are so pretty! They look so tasty and I just wanna reach out and grab one..or 4 ;-)

  13. Oscar Gonzalez Says:

    These look delicious. And perfect for Spring!

  14. Correen Says:

    Yes to honey and ginger together in a cookie. Delicious photos :)

  15. Grace Says:

    Thank you Correen

  16. marla {family fresh cooking} Says:

    These cookies are so pretty & perfect for spring celebrations! Love all that honey :)

  17. Grace Says:

    Marla sounds like she is going with yellow/gold for the bridesmaid dresses, hoping to do a dessert table in that colour theme, I think these will be perfect for the day.

  18. blackbookkitchendiaries Says:

    i love the simplicity of this recipe and how elegant it looks! very gorgeous:)

  19. Noodlehead Says:

    I’m biting into one of these as I type this comment. It’s asboslutely wonderful :) My 4 year old loves it too! Thanks for sharing this.

  20. Grace Says:

    So happy you are enjoying.

  21. Meg Says:

    I am curious as to what you mean by “mixed spice”? Can I find it in the U.S.? These cookies look amazing, and am very excited to try them! Thank you!!!!

  22. Grace Says:

    Meg I couldn’t find the spice here in Canada but I since realized it is pretty close to a “pumpkin spice mix” that I think you could probably find in your grocery aisle. The only spice that is missing from the pumpkin spice that is in the mixed spice is coriander. I did find a recipe for the mixed spice and this is what I used.

    Mixed Spice

    1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ground coriander
    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

    Mix together in a small bowl.

    Makes about 2 tablespoons, store in an airtight container and should be used within 2 months.

    My daughter is addicted to these Meg.

    Hope you enjoy!

  23. Meg Says:

    Thank you so much! I am definitely looking forward to making these for my study group this week!

  24. sundryandco Says:

    I am going to try the biscuits, but am going to throw in oatbran instead of white flour and I will be leaving out the spices…I can’t wait to see if they are a hilarious disaster or a brilliant success!

  25. Grace Says:

    Please let me know how they turn out with your changes.

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  27. Irina Says:

    In all honesty, these are probably the best cookies I ever had! I made a batch intending to share it with friends but I ate them all and had to make a whole other one. Thank you so much Grace!

  28. Grace Says:

    Most welcome Irina, I’m so happy you enjoyed them.

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