Armenian Honey Cakes

Another childhood favorite! Greeks have something very similar!


Recipe #1: Armenian Honey Cookies

3/4 cup butter, melted 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup honey 1/4 tsp ground cardamom ½ tsp ground ginger 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp salt 1 egg 2 tsp baking powder 2 cups flour

**************** additional sugar for rolling ****************

1. Melt butter in a saucepan or microwave oven. 2. Place melted butter in a mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients (except additional sugar), and mix until well blended. 3. Chill for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator. 4. Shape dough into balls about the size of a walnut. 5. Place additional sugar in a bowl. Coat each ball in sugar. 6. Place balls on a lightly greased sheet. With your fingers, gently press each cookie to slightly flatten. 7. Bake in a preheated 375ºF oven for 8 to 10 minutes. 8. Cool on wire rack. When completely cooled, store in an airtight container.


Recipe #2: Armenian Honey Cookies Yield: about 4 dozen

Ingredients: ½ cup honey ½ cup sugar 2 large eggs 3 cups all-purpose flour (approximately) 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp ground cardamom dash salt ****************** 1 egg white, beaten walnut halves, optional Directions: 1. Combine honey and sugar in a large bowl, mixing well. Add eggs; beat well. 2. Sift flour; set aside. 3. Sift baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and salt into honey-sugar mixture; stir well. 4. Add enough of the sifted flour to make a stiff dough. 5. Shape into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 min. to 1 hour. 6. Remove ball of dough from refrigerator and flatten with your hand on it on a lightly floured work surface. 7. Lightly flour a rolling pin and roll dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with a round, two-inch cookie cutter. 8. Place each round on a greased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Brush top with beaten egg white, and press a walnut half in the center of each, if desired. 9. Bake in a preheated 375ºF oven for 12 to 15 minutes. 10. Cool completely on a wire rack. 11. Store in an airtight container.

Spicy Armenian Honey Cakes Yield: 20 to 25 cakes Cake Ingredients: 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda 1 ½ cups olive oil ½ cup sugar 3/4 cup orange juice 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon 3/4 tsp ground cardamom dash salt ********************************** Filling Ingredients: 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 tsp cinnamon ********************************** Cake Directions: 1. In a medium bowl, sift flour with baking powder and baking soda; set aside. 2. In a large bowl beat olive oil and sugar; stir in orange juice, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt until well combined. 3. Gradually add flour mixture to oil mixture, mixing well until a soft dough has formed. 4. Cover bowl and let rest about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350ºF. 5. In the meantime, prepare the walnut-cinnamon filling ingredients and set aside. 6. After 20 minutes, shape dough into walnut-sized balls, then flattening each. 7. Place ½ tsp walnut-cinnamon filling mixture in center of each. 8. Enclose the filling with the dough, pressing to seal. 9. Place on ungreased baking sheet; bake about 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Cool. ********************************************** Syrup Ingredients: ½ cup sugar 1 cup honey ½ cup water 2 tsp lemon juice 1 small cinnamon stick Syrup Directions: In a medium pot, combine all syrup ingredients and bring to a boil, skimming any foam that comes to the surface. Cook about 5 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick; allow to cool a bit. ************************************************ Assembling Instructions: Dip each cooled honey cake in warm syrup briefly and allowing excess to drip off. Place on

serving platter. *************************************************** Topping Ingredients: 1 cup ground walnuts ½ tsp ground cinnamon dash ground cardamom

Topping Directions:

Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle on each honey cake before serving.

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