Honey Cookies for Rosh HaShanah RECIPE

image-honey-cookiesBake a batch of honeyed cookies for the Jewish New Year.

Symbol of all things sweet and good, honey is part of many Rosh HaShanah recipes. Here at Green Prophet, we use only chemical-free honey.

Our popular honey cake  is based on a traditional recipe, and so are these honey cookies. German immigrants brought the recipe to Israel in the nation’s early years, and now all ethnic groups regard them as standard Rosh Hashanah fare. Kids especially love these cookies, maybe because they fit into the hand comfortably and can be eaten on the run.


Honey Cookies

24 cookies


1 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening
1 cup honey
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Confectioner’s sugar to dust over cookies – about 1 -1/2 cup
Mix sugar, shortening and honey in a pan and cook over low heat till blended. Cool the mixture.
Mix eggs, vanilla, baking soda and ginger. Gradually add to cooled honey mixture.
Add flour to mixture, 1/2 cup at a time. Stir well between additions until you have a smooth dough.
Form teaspoon-sized balls and roll each one in confectioner’s sugar.
Drop onto cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
Bake at 350° F – 180° C 12-15 minutes or until a golden brown.
Image of honey cookies via Shutterstock.
Miriam also blogs at Israeli Kitchen.

About Miriam Kresh

Miriam Kresh is an American ex-pat living in Israel. Her love of Middle Eastern food evolved from close friendships with enthusiastic Moroccan, Tunisian and Turkish home cooks.She owns too many cookbooks and is always planning the next meal.Miriam can be reached at miriam (at) greenprophet (dot) com.

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