Gingerbread Honey Cookies – Mézeskalács Recipe
Gingerbread Honey Cookies – Mézeskalács
Flavors of Hungary

Preparation: 30 minutes
Resting time: 1 hour
Baking: 8-10 minutes


Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

Making crunchy gingerbread is a very ancient tradition handed down from one generation to the next, and which continues to this day. 

- 500 g flour
- 3 eggs
- 120 g butter
- 125 ml warm honey
- 200 g sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda

- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- ½ tsp. ground cloves
- ½ tsp. allspice (optional)
- ½ tsp. grated nutmeg (optional)
- 1 pinch black pepper (optional)

- 200 g icing sugar
- 1 egg white
- 1 pinch salt, to preserve whiteness
- 2-3 drops lemon juice, for shine
- 1 Tbsp. cornstarch

 Step 1

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dough except the flour using a wooden spoon.
  2. Gradually blend in the flour, stirring constantly.

Step 2

  1. Cover and let rest for 1 hour in a cool place.

Step 3

  1. Roll the dough out to a 4-5 mm thickness.
  2. Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes such as Christmas trees, angels or stars.

Step 4

  1. Place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Bake in a 210° C/425° F oven for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Let cool.

Step 5 - Decorating

  1. In a bowl, whip the egg white until it forms peaks.
  2. Gradually beat in the icing sugar to form a thick, but still slightly runny, mixture.
  3. Transfer the icing to a piping bag fitted with a very small tip.
  4. Use your imagination to decorate the cookies with lines, circles or curlicues, depending on the shape.
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