Christmas is one of the best times of the year for cookies and treats. There isn’t really another time of year that embraces the sheer variety and deliciousness we see December 1st through the end of the year. In honor of the Month O’ Cookies and Treats, we want to share honey-based Christmas recipes just in time for the holidays.
There is a nice variety, everything from cookies to rolls to fritters. We made sure to include some international recipes to showcase the delicious, honey baked goods people make in other parts of the world.
Nothing says the holidays like a gingersnap. The warm, earthy spices in these cookies just smell like Christmas and the addition of pink pepper blossom honey really makes them something special. If you don’t want to purchase the special Brazilian honey included in this recipe, a local variety would work just fine.
Coming from Greece, these honey walnut cookies are full of flavor. Think of the flavors of Baklava, but in a cookie. Using orange zest, brandy, and spices plus a good helping of honey, it’s a Christmas cookie you will want to add to your lineup.
The chilly drafts and subzero temperatures make this time of year perfect for enjoying hot cocoa. The best way to elevate your cup of cocoa is by adding homemade marshmallows. Yes, you can make marshmallows with honey and we all know honey pairs beautifully with chocolate. This recipe walks you through the process and you can choose any honey you’d like to flavor these fluffy, slightly chewy treats.
For the Italian-Americans in the room, this may be a recognizable recipe. Struffoli are small, citrus-flavored fritters, covered in a honey syrup and coated with nonpareils. They are colorful, crispy, tangy, sweet, sticky, and everything you could want this holiday season.
Medenjaci are the Croatian version of a holiday spice cookie. Similar to a gingersnap, but without the molasses, these cookies taste best after they sit out for a few days. It’s a nice option to wow your guests when the other cookies are crumbs and you want them to know the holidays aren’t over yet – you’ve got ANOTHER amazing cookie ready to satiate their appetite for sweets.
These doughy balls of goodness are a Slovak treat, served during Christmas and Lent. Covered in a syrup of poppy seeds and honey, they strike the fine balance between sweet and savory. Traditionally, they can be served with sauerkraut and onions, but we’ve opted for the sweet version to accompany your repertoire of Christmas treats.
This recipe, from Nourished Kitchen, uses cocoa butter to make your own white chocolate, free from additives and excess sugar. It’s also sweetened with honey, of course. We could almost call this a healthy Christmas treat with the nourishing honey and antioxidant-filled cranberries.
Wherever you are, whatever your traditions, we hope you consider making one of these honey-based Christmas treats. Honey not only adds a beautiful flavor to recipes, but it’s a way you can show your appreciation for bees, even when the nights are dark and cold.