|I like to bake often for the guys at the studio and the guys here so that they always have a good healthy treat to go to when they need a little sweet hit...because seriously, we all get those needs from time to time! So, I was off looking for something different to bake for all of my guys. They seem to prefer cookies and mostly the ones that are kind of simple in flavor (not boring, but simple). I often check out Cookie Madness for ideas because she is always testing new baking recipes. I have tried a few of her recipes and they have all been well received! So, the other day, I came across this recipe for Honey Cookies. I thought it looked like a good option to try and I happened to have everything on hand. How could you go wrong...right. Well, I baked them off and realized that they looked nothing like the ones in her picture. That really bummed be out. I was getting a little worried that these were not going to make it to the studio and were going to visit the trash. They baked off really thin and soft. They also got really dark (not burned, but darker than hers) around the edges and the bottom. So, I decided to roll them in the sugar, then freeze them and then I would bake them off. Still the same thing happened. In the meantime, the illustrator got home and as I turned my back for a second, I noticed quite a few cookies were already missing. Either some mystical force came down and stole my cookies or the illustrator really liked them. Well, I can assure you there was no mystical force other than the one coming from the cookies pulling them into the mouths of the guys in the house! They were a huge hit! They were soft and chewy with a little burnt sugar taste coming from the sugar coating. So, this got me thinking...why were mine so different. I went back to her site and looked at her tips page. It was just as I had suspected...she bakes on much lighter pans than I do and I use no stick spray on mine (she does not)--I know most cookie recipes say not to, but I don't always follow the rules. The cookies were taken to the studio and gone within an hour! Can you believe that...I thought they were going to be trashed! Then I started to get demands for the little pieces of heaven...so I made another batch. This time (the one in the picture) I baked them on the same pans, but with parchment paper and no spray. It worked like a charm, but get this...they were preferred the first way. Who knew??? I guess that goes to show you that sometimes mistakes can turn into something great and that you should always try something new!
(adapted from Cookie Madness)
1/2 cup plus 2 1/2 TBSP oil (I used half light olive oil in the 1st batch)
1/2 cup sugar
2 TBSP Splenda Blend for Baking
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour (half AP and half white whole wheat)
Turbinado sugar for rolling
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl, stir together oil, sugar,sugar blend, eggs, honey, baking soda, salt and vanilla. Mix well, then stir in the flour, stirring just until it is mixed in.
Shape the cookies into balls about 1 inch in diameter and roll them in Turbinado sugar. Place 2 ½ inches apart on ungreased (or greased) or parchment lined cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes. They should be nicely browned around the edges, crackly and golden.
Makes about 3 dozen.
*I think these would be really good with a filling. Maybe cream cheese(nondairy, of course) sweetened with a little honey.
**I also want to try this recipe with other liquid sweeteners. Maple syrup or agave would be interesting!