Around this time of the summer, Fangirls, I start to get real antsy for the Fall. Autumn is my favorite season, especially in the area I live in. When I think of fall, I think of nice treats with warm beverage. When dreaming up some more Fall inspired treats, my pal Winnie the Pooh came to mind. Sweet honey type treats, accompanied by all sorts honey inspired things. Pooh taught me a lot of things, but maybe most importantly he taught me that honey makes everything better.
It’s also a great substitute for more unhealthy sweet things. I’ve got a insane sweet tooth, Fangirls. Which isn’t always so healthy. So when coming up with sweet ideas, it’s great to sometimes sub in honey for real sugar. Which is exactly what these tasty tea cookies do. To make these delicious (and also accidentally vegan) cookies, you’ll just need:
1 1/3 cup of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup of applesauce (one of those single serving cups)
To make the cookies, simply combine all the ingredients. A little trick I have for this is if you’re using the same tablespoon to measure both the oil & honey. Measure the oil first, then the residue left on the spoon will make it so the honey won’t stick so much and will be easier to measure & pour in without leaving anything behind. Upon doing this step, preheat your oven to 390 degrees.
Mix all that until a stiffer dough forms. Make the dough into a ball. Then, on a floured surface, roll out the dough rather thin. These actually plumped up quite a bit, and they turned out much softer than I expected. I think next time I will add a little less baking powder. Once your dough is rolled out, using cutters or a glass, cut out your desired shapes. This is the fun part!
Place the cookies on a sheet lined with parchment paper. Once those are set, place them in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until they start to slightly brown.
While those were baking, I got creative with some honey. These cookies aren’t very sweet. There’s an endless possibility of things you could top them with for a little extra something sweet, but of course, I had to do something with honey. I started with some peanut butter, but then ended up with one pretty fancy spread. To make these two spreads, you’ll need:
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cream cheese
1 tablespoon honey
5 pitted sweet cherries (not pictured)
For the peanut butter spread, simply mix together the three ingredients until combined. This is a great mixture that you can put on anything. You could use it as a more flavorful spread for pb & j, or use it for an apple or fruit dip. But for us, cookies are the choice.
For the other spread, combine the cream cheese, honey, and cherries in a food processor and pulse until things are combined and the cherries are down to smaller bits. This turns out to be a lovely pink color, and I suppose you could say it’s the piglet to our Pooh cookies. This spread is sweet & tangy and tastes great on a tea cookie like these.
Once the cookies are cooled, serve up the cookies & spreads. This is absolutely delicious with a nice cup of tea (with honey, of course). There’s so many other sorts of spreads you could make with honey, and you could eve just drizzle some honey right on to the cookies. These are a great, simple alternative to sugar cookies that won’t make you feel so guilty. And of course, they’re lovely for sharing with friends. I like to think they’d be perfectly Pooh approved.
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