Czechoslovakian Honey Cookies

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My great-grandmother was Czechoslovakian (a distinction which I realize doesn’t exist today).  I somehow got her book of pastry recipes (hooray!), and this is one of the many variations of meringue cookies in it.  Enjoy!

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Honey Cookies (Perníčky)

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups rye flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs (plus another, beaten)

2 TBS melted honey

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp lemon rind

blanched almonds, halved (optional)

 

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 TBS lemon juice

boiling water

Beat eggs and sugar until foamy.  Add honey, spices, and baking soda. Mix well.  Add flour and knead well (either on a board or with a machine).  The dough will be rather stiff.  Let stand, covered, for 3-4 hours, then roll out 1/3 inch thick.  Preheat oven to 350. Cut in shapes and put on a baking sheet. Brush with beaten egg and place 1/2 blanched almond in the middle (if desired).  Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Decorate with lemon icing: mix sugar with lemon juice and add boiling water little by little, mixing constantly until it is smooth and a good consistency for either spreading or piping (whichever is desired).

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