I am not a good cook. I mean, I try, I really try... but it's just not something that comes naturally. I always mess up recipes, experiment way too much, make huge messes and after all the trouble I end up with something that doesn't even count for a proper meal. Oh well... It's the effort that counts.
However, baking is something else. Me and my granny used to have this special tradition that made me fond of baking. Every Saturday I used to help her in the kitchen and we used to make the most delicious homemade cakes, cookies, pies and whatever you can think of.
This weekend is very special for me and Lazar. We both have namedays, we are home, we are happy and I wanted to celebrate it with something I don't usually do. There's nothing better than the smell of cinnamon and freshly baked cookies to make a holiday even more special. My granny's recipe for honey cookies mixed with my own experiments for colour icing is the perfect weekend treat. This is, undoubtedly, the taste of happiness. You should try it yourselves! Here's the *super secret* recipe (I am giving it with the permission of my granny, I promise.)
For the cookies you will need:
2 eggs, 1 cup oil, 1 cup extra fine sugar, 1 cup honey, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, about 1/2 kg flour, a pinch of love.
Mix the eggs, oil, sugar and honey with a mixer. Then add the baking soda and the cinnamon and 3-4 tablespoons flour. Beat until dough forms, adding 1-2 tablespoon flour now and then. Use a wooden spoon (or your hands) to mix everything better. The dough should be soft and easy to work with - perfect for cut-out forms (stars are my favourite!).
I didn't use a baking sheet and I didn't have problems with sticky cookies. But if you feel unsure, you can arrange the cut-out figures on a baking sheet and bake at 180 for about 10 minutes. Piece of cake. And then it's time for the icing - which is the most exciting part!
For the icing you will need:
2 egg whites, 2 cups extra fine sugar and 3-4 drops of lemon juice, cooking dye, sugar sprinkles.
Beat the egg whites in a bowl until soft peaks form. Keep the mixer going and add the sugar and lemon juice. Beat on high for about 6-7 minutes until the mixture turns thick and cool. I used powder dye and put just a pinch of the three colours in three different cups and then added some of the white icing. I mixed blue and red dye for the purple butterflies and added just a little bit of orange in the yellow dye for a deeper colour. The little ducks I decorated with sugar markers in red and brown. These honey cookies are deeeelicous and are perfect for a big party or for a little home celebration. Give them a try! :)