Honey Gingerbread Bee Cookies

We recently made gingerbread cookies for a holiday party that uses honey in the recipe and they're stamped in the shape of bees.

Here's the recipe:

Honey Gingerbread Bees
Makes about 1 1/2 dozen 5 inch cookies

6 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups honey
1/4 cup molasses
Royal icing for decorating

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, soda, salt and spices; set aside.

Preheat oven to 350.

In large mixer, beat sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating at slow speed until just blended. Beat in honey and molasses. Gradually beat in flour mixture at low speed. Divide dough into 3 pieces; wrap in plastic wrap, and chill at least 1 hour.

Cut 3 sheets of parchment the same size as your baking sheets. Lightly dust parchment with flour. Working with one portion at a time, roll dough 1/8 inch thick on parchment. Cut out people with cookie cutters, leaving 2 inches between cutouts, carefully slide parchment with cutouts onto cookie sheet. *Remove scraps from around cutouts. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. 

Slide parchment off sheets onto counter to cool, until cookies are set, 2-3 minutes. Move to wire racks to finish cooling. Cool completely before decorating. 

*scraps can be kneaded to make more cookies, but will be drier each time the dough is reworked.
If you're looking for an honey infused adult style beverage to go with these, you might try one of my fellow beekeeper's drinks Lemon Balm Honeysuckle or The Bees Knees.

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Robin says...
Date:   December 12, 2013, 6:51 am

Great recipe!   I love gingerbread....

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