Honey Cake Hearts

My first Christmas in Denmark, many years ago, I was invited to spend the evening with my Danish boyfriend and his parents. The Danes celebrate Christmas Eve as the most important day of Christmas. The evening starts around 4 or 5 in the afternoon and a large dinner is served, More on that later. After dinner we entered the living room, all of electric lights were turned off, only the tree was lit. It was the first time I had ever seen a Christmas tree decorated with real burning candles; it was a beautiful sight. We gazed at the tree for a few minutes, enjoying the magic of the moment. Garlands of red and white Danish flags were hung around the tree. Handmade paper cones filled with cookies and candy hung on the brandes along with pleated red and white papers hearts. I asked my hostess about the hearts. I had never seen hearts used to decorate a tree with. She explained that Hans Christian Andersen, the famous Danish author  was an expert in making these hearts.  It is believed that it is because of these pleated paper hearts, the tradition of decorating with hearts become a part of the Danish Christmas  tradition. Hearts are everywhere around Christmas time. Hearts than can be seen below are cookies made with honey. You can brush them with melted chocolate and place a Christmas decoration on them or make a white icing and write the names of you family and friends on them.






















Honey Cake Hearts

makes 25

5 oz./150 grams honey

5 oz./150 grams brown sugar

4 oz./120 grams butter

2 eggs

grated peel of 1 lemon

1 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. baking powder

2 ½ cups/ 550 grams flour

Chocolate icing:

12 oz./340 grams chocolate

To make cookies, melt honey, sugar and sugar over low heat. Stir until sugar is flydende  and let mixture cool. Pisk eggs lightly and add them to the honey mixture together with  the grated peel of a lemon.. Tale a few spoonfuls of this mixture and stir in  cloves and baking powder. Add the flour a little at a time (you may not need all of it) and knead the dough a few mintues. Let the dough rest  two hours.

Preheat the oven 400°F.

Roll the dough out on a lightly dusted work surface and stick out cookies with a heart shaped cookie cutter.  Place the cookies on a plade with bage paper. Bage 10 minutes.

While the cookies are cooling, melt the chocolate and when the cookies are cool, brush each cookie with melted chocolate. Or you can make a white sugar icing and place the icing in pastry bag and write names of your family on them.

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