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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mostazzoli - Italian Honey Cookies

There are 3 recipes cards with a total of 4 recipes for these cookies in Grandma's collection.  Since I've been experimenting with honey a lot lately, I thought I'd give them a try.  They're a cinch to make - they really go together quickly.  I found them unremarkable, but curiously addictive too - like a very sweet breadstick.  I'd be interested to see what you think of them, so please do share if you try them out!

Recipe Card #1 
Recipe A (front of card )
2# honey - bring to a boil - add flour & cool.  Dough is dry.  Add 4 egg yolks.  Add 1tsp cinnamon & salt to honey.  Shape into sticks.  Brush egg glaze on top.  Bake at 375 degrees 15-20 minutes - when glaze is brown, they are cooked.  Cut on slant before they cool.

Recipe B (back of card)
1 pt honey - 2 cups
2 eggs - beaten
2-3 tbs oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp. [baking] soda
5-6 cups flour
pinch of salt

Note:  No directions were given for recipe B.  On recipe A, I think the "#" sign, is literally standing for pound - but 2 pounds of honey seems like an awful lot to try to work with.  Also, no mention is made of the quantity for the flour.   Has anyone in the family had experience with these to help verify the amount to use? 

Recipe Card #2
Italian Honey Cookies - Mrs. Louis Mazzuca

1 C Honey
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 C sugar
Heat until honey & sugar are dissolved.  Cool to lukewarm.  Add 1 beaten egg yolk, 1/8 t soda.
Add 2 1/2-3 C flour until a medium dough is acquired by kneading.  Shape into bread sticks.  Bake 400 degrees for 5 minutes, then 375 degrees for an additional 5 minutes.  Cut into 1/2 inch pieces while warm.

Recipe Card #3
Mostacioli (Honey Cookies)

1 pt. honey - 2 cups
2 eggs - beaten
2-3 tbs. oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. [baking] soda
Pinch Salt
5-6 C Flour
Heat the honey - add eggs & other ingredients.  Knead dough until smooth.  Roll ropes size of your finger.  Cut in little pieces.  Bake

Note: Recipe card #3 gives the most instructions with regards to size & shape of cookies, but leaves out the baking instructions - maybe Grandma was interrupted before she finished copying it down...

I made the smaller batch from recipe card #2, but I used a whole egg instead of just the yolks & I did add cinnamon, although I only added 1/4 tsp - which wasn't enough to really taste.  I just realized too, as I typed these up, that I misread the sugar content in that recipe and only put in 1/8 tsp - I thought it was an odd amount but somehow missed it was supposed to be 1/8 cup!  No wonder they are unremarkable.  I'll try again with the proper quantity of sugar & let you all know how they turn out.  Also, I think I will go ahead and use the egg yolk, but brush the sticks with the egg white prior to baking per Recipe card #1, recipe A.


1 comment:

  1. Shirley Mazzuca makes these all of the time and, yes, they are addictive.


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