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Christmas Honey Biscuits |

Get in the festive spirit with some spicy Christmas biscuits from Russia. That's near Santa right? This recipe for pryaniki Olga's Flavour Factory.

Prep time: 5 hours-overnight

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Makes: 30-60 biscuits depending on the size of spoon you use...


1/4 cup instant coffee

1/4 cup hot water

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup honey

1tsp vanilla extract

1/4tsp allspice

1/8tsp grated nutmeg

1/4tsp anise

1 egg

3/4tsp baking soda dissolved in 1/2tsp white vinegar

1/4tsp baking powder

3 cups plain flour

2 1/4 cups icing sugar

1/4 cup milk

1. Coffe, ah man it's good

Get all the wetness out the way at the start of this recipe; dissolve 1/4cup instant coffee in 1/4cup hot water in a saucepan. To this add 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 3/4 cup honey and heat up over a medium heat until the butter melts.

Pour this very unique coffee mix into a large bowl and leave to cool for 10 minutes.

2. Spice it up

Add all the spices: 1/4stp allspice, 1/8tsp grated nutmeg, 1/4stp anise and 1tsp vanilla extract to the coffee bowl. You can also add any other spices you think might go, such as ginger or cinnamon (don't go too off piste and add oregano, that's just against Christmas and it will lead to Krampus hunting you down and trying to spoon you).

In a seperate small bowl whisk 3/4tsp baking soda and 1/2tsp white vinegar. Enjoy the mini volcano like fizz. Add 1/4tsp baking powder into the fizzy mix. Add the vinegar mix to the coffee spice mix and whisk in. Then whisk in an egg.

Next add 3 cups of flour and fold in with a wooden spoon.

Cover the mix and leave at room temperature to firm up for 4 hours or overnight.

3. A spoonful of cookie mix makes the Christmas costs go down

After at least 4 hours of the cookies resting, preheat your oven to 160c and line a baking sheet with grease proof paper. Scoop the biscuit mix into 1tbsp rounds and spread out with space between them on the baking sheet.

Once all your biscuits are rolled, bake them in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.

Take the biscuits out and leave them to cool, like the frosty air outside.

4. Ice, ice, the biscuits

Once the biscuits are as cold as the tequila your aunt will get drunk on this Christmas, make the icing. Mix 2 1/4 cups icing sugar and 1/4 cup milk in a large bowl.

Dip the cooled cookies into the icing mix - you can either do just the top or all over if you're a fiend for the icing.

Dink and sink!

Food for Thought

Lizzy says: "I wanted to make an off beat recipe for this Christmas gasp, something that wasn't from a traditional location like Germany. But everything about this recipe was weird: namely the ingredients, and the end result. The texture and the taste was surprisingly good, especially once the icing had firmed up. But I think there are similar biscuits that you can make that are easier! Nonetheless this was a fun experiment.. 6/10"

Kate says: "I feel like it is still too soon to rate these because I just finished the last one today (this is almost a week after baking) and I have over-biscuited. But my mistake with these was using a very good honey which meant that taste was super strong. Lizzy came to visit so we had the rare treat of trying each others and hers were much more subtle and nice. Also, I made these to take to a friend who can't eat dairy so swapped the milk and butter for alternatives, which may have impacted the flavour..(?) 6/10"

6/10 Gasps


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