Honey and Spice Ornaments

Honey and ground cinnamon add cozy flavor to a classic roll-out cookie dough.

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 Honey and Spice Ornaments

Serving size: 5 dozen Prep 3 hrs 15 mins Total Time 5 hrs 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 recipe Royal Icing (SEE NOTES)
  • Gold and white crystal sugar
  • White sprinkles

Directions

1. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda; set aside.

2. In an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, 3 min. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and honey. Halve dough, wrap in plastic wrap and chill 2 hr.

3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment.

4. On a lightly floured surface roll dough to just under inch thickness. Using 2- to 3-inch ornament cutters, cut shapes. Transfer to baking sheets and bake until cookies are just done, 7 to 9 min. While cookies are hot use a bamboo skewer to make holes in the top of each ornament for hanging. Cool on pans.

5. Fit a pastry bag with a #3 plain tip and fill with Royal Icing. Decorate cookies with icing, crystal sugar and sprinkles. Allow icing to set before storing. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Note

Royal Icing
  • In a mixing bowl combine 4 tbsp meringue powder or powdered egg whites, 4 cups confectioners' sugar, and 1/2 cup water. Mix on low speed, scraping sides and bottom of bowl as necessary, until icing is smooth and glossy, about 5 min. Thin icing by adding more water 1 tablespoon at a time to create desired consistency. For flooding (piping icing into a smooth surface on the cookies), it should be just thicker than honey; if you're piping designs, borders, or stripes, the icing should be thick enough to hold its shape. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Stir before using. Makes 2 1/2 cups.
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