Thursday, 6 September 2012

Honey and Ginger Cookies

New Zealand Honey Co.

When the New Zealand Honey Co. asked me to review some of their Manuka Honey I have to admit I was initially a bit hesitant. I am not the biggest lover of honey, but I decided to accept their very kind offer and was sent a jar of Manuka Honey and Root Ginger. I thought I had best try some before deciding what to bake with it, so I whipped off the lid, jammed in a teaspoon and popped some in my mouth. Without wanting to use a hackneyed phrase  - OMG! This stuff is different to other honey I had tried in the past. It is so thick and almost caramel like and the added root ginger gives it a really warm hit. The health benefits of Manuka honey are numerous, including the fact it is antioxidant and antibiotic. All is explained fully over at their site, along with their other products and some (sweet and savoury) recipes to try.

As the flavour was so incredible, I wanted to make something that wouldn’t disguise the taste. I plumped for a simple Honey and Ginger Cookie, where the star of the show would be the honey and root ginger. Very easy to make (and easier to enjoy) the recipe is as follows;

Yield: approx. 24 cookies

110 grams unsalted butter, softened
110 grams of Manuka Honey & Root Ginger
60 grams of sugar
190 grams of plain flour
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
¼ teaspoon salt
120 grams of sugar (for rolling)

Preheat your oven to 180oC and line cookie trays with greaseproof paper. In a bowl whisk together the flour, bicarb and salt. Set aside.
In another bowl, with an electric mixer, whip together the butter and sugar until light and creamy in colour. Add the honey and beat this until totally combined with the butter and sugar. Slowly add the flour mix until is combined and no streaks of flour can be seen, but don’t over mix. Pop the dough onto some clingfilm and wrap it up, then leave in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

After the 20 minutes, take chunks of dough, rolling it into balls with your hands, then roll the balls in the sugar until totally covered. Place each ball onto the cookie tray, well spaced apart, without flattening. Pop into the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes or until they flatten and turn golden brown in colour. Leave to cool and remove from the greaseproof paper. Repeat with the next batch ( I got 8 cookies on each tray).

The cookies are crisp on the outside, but lovely and soft in the centre. The smell of honey is divine. The sweetness tastes amazing and then you get the little nuggets of ginger which add a nice pop of spice. You will love these, so go and bake!

The New Zealand Honey Co.’s new Manuka ‘Plus’ range is available in Morrisons stores across the UK and have a RRP of £9.99. There are different varieties to try including 'Manuka Honey and Lemon' .

I am entering these cookies into November's Alphabakes as the letter if H and honey fits the bill. Alphabakes is hosted alternately by Caroline Makes and this month Ros at The More Than Occasional Baker.

Disclosure Statement: I received the ingredients free, to review them. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. 


  1. Again...I need these cookies! LOL.

    Seriously though, I'm a huge fan of honey and these cookies are right up my alley (love soft centres!). Can't wait to try these in my own kitchen!

    1. And the honey is good for you! So no guilt - enjoy if you do get a chance to make:)

  2. They look very professional. If I can prise the Manuka honey away from my husband, who just loves it, I might manage to make these cookies. Thanks.

    1. Ah thank you Janice. - I liked your honey concoctions too! The stuff is really excellent :)

  3. I knew you would like it! Fab looking cookies. Look at the crackle!

    1. You were so right - manuka honey is to die for !!!

  4. Yum, yum, yum! I would wrestle Winnie the Pooh to the ground for one of these.

    1. Hehe, Disneyboi likes your Disney themed comment Debs!

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    1. Thanks Star! They tasted even better than they look!

  6. I love manuka honey! These look delicious. Thanks for entering AlphaBakes


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