Local Hive Honey Sugar Cookie Recipe!

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Local Hive Honey

Local Hive from Rice’s Honey offers 16 different local varietals of raw honey, including Local New England, Local Northeast, Local Florida, Authentic Clover & Authentic Wildflower.

All Local Hive™ honeys are sourced exclusively in the U.S. and bottled in Greeley, Colorado. The team at Local Hive™ work directly with local beekeepers across the U.S., to ensure each variety yields incredibly delicious and subtly different natural flavors.

Raw, unfiltered honey also offers many health benefits including being rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and pollen. Unlike processed unnatural sugars or sweeteners, Local Hive™ honey offers transparency, as each natural varietal is made so local it’s “made right in your own back yard”.

Very similar to wine, where you taste and see the difference between varietals, Local Hive™ from Rice’s Honey® also imparts specific flavors in each of the honeys they produce. From Washington to Florida each varietal is unique.

Local Hive New England Honey
Floral Sources: Basswood, Berries, Clover, Goldenrod
*Flavor is bold and robust. Northeast honeys are much darker than anywhere else.

Local Hive Florida Honey
Floral Sources: Citrus, Brazilian Pepper, Clover, Gallberry, Tupelo
*Flavor is a bit fruity with a hint of spice.

Local Hive Colorado Honey
Floral Sources: Clover, Alfalfa, Wildflowers
*Flavor should be light & sweet. The sweetest of all honeys sent.

Local Hive Southern California Honey
Floral Sources: Alfalfa, Berries, Citrus, Clover, Sage
*Flavor is fruity and sweet. You’ll notice a hint of orange

Local Hive Texas Honey
Floral Sources: Alfalfa, Clover, Cotton, Horsemint, Tallow
*Flavor is medium bodied and sweet. Not as sweet as Colorado.

Local Hive Honey

Local Hive™ Honey Vanilla Sugar Cookies
Makes about 24

½ cup Local Hive™ Honey
2 sticks butter, softened
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
3 vanilla beans (1 for frosting)
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
3 cups flour
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder

Beat the sugar and butter on high until fluffy, between 7 – 8 ½ minutes. Scrape beans from 2 vanilla bean pods and set aside. Beat together honey, egg, egg yolk, vanilla beans and extract. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder.

Then add in the rest of the beaten ingredients and mix well. You should have a dough-consistency.

Sprinkle a cutting board or other clean area with powdered sugar. (No flour)
Roll out dough and but into your holiday shapes.

Bake on parchment paper after putting in the freezer for about 6 minutes, so they get more solid.
Bake at 350º for 9-11 minutes and cool on wire rack.

Honey Vanilla Frosting

1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean
4 cups powdered sugar
1 lb. cold butter

Scrape the beans from the vanilla bean pod and set aside. Beat the honey, vanilla plus vanilla beans and then beat in half of the powdered sugar. Beat in the half and half. Combine this with the powdered sugar and beat until well.

After cutting the cold butter into small pieces, be sure to add it a little bit at a time, mixing on high speed with a whisk attachment or by hand. Beat on high speed for 9 minutes, or until it looks fluffy.

Decorate your holiday cookies and add sprinkles or other edible decorations and enjoy!

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2 comments

  1. I’d like to use that Colorado honey – it’s making me homesick!

  2. Nicely explained, today I actually made Honey Vanilla Sugar Cookies for my family, it tastes delicious. It is a guaranteed method of fast cooking and does retain the nutritive value of food.

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