Thursday, 24 October 2013

Hungarian Christmas Honey Cookies (Mézeskalács)

These are a traditional Christmas cookie that my grandmother used to make, similar to gingerbread. Obviously I've substituted the honey :) For an Aussies, they kind of taste to me like Milk Arrowroot bikkies! My icing turned out kind of caramel coloured instead of white because I used dark corn syrup instead of light.
Recipe adapted from The Hungarian Girl.
Icing recipe from Your Daily Vegan.


Hungarian Christmas Honey Cookies (Mézeskalács)

Ingredients

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter
1/2 cup (115 grams) granulated sugar
3 1/2 cups (435 grams) all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa
5 tbsp agave
2 egg replacers

Directions

Sift together flour, baking soda, and spices into a large bowl. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer beat butter, sugar and eggs.
In a small pot over high heat, melt honey. Add to mixture and beat well, continue by adding the flour mixture gradually. If dough is too sticky, add more flour.
Gather into ball. Divide in half and flatten into discs. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until firm.
Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C) and line a standard baking sheet with parchment paper.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough until it’s 1/8-inch’s thick. Cut out desired shapes and place on baking sheet.
Bake cookies for about 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch.
For icing, follow recipe below.
Put icing in a pastry bag fitted with a small plain round tip. Pipe designs on cookies.
Let icing set completely at room temperature, about 1 hour.

Vegan Royal Icing for Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons milk substitute (rice milk) or water
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
Food coloring as desired


Directions

Mix the confectioners' sugar and milk substitute together until smooth.
Add in the corn syrup and almond extract until the icing is smooth. Add in more corn syrup if the icing is too thick.
Divide the icing into separate containers, and add food colorings as desired. Decorate. You can also add the icing to a ziplock baggie, cut off a corner and pipe out the icing.

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