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Swiss Honey Almond Cookies

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Ingredients
  Honey 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Firmly packed brown sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Egg 1
  Brandy 2 Tablespoon
  Grated lemon zest 1 Teaspoon
  Flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Baking soda 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
  Ground ginger 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground anise 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground coriander 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground cloves 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Honey almond filling 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Powdered sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Lemon juice 4 Teaspoon
Directions

1. In a medium bowl, beat honey, brown sugar, egg, brandy, and lemon zest with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, anise, coriander, salt, and cloves. Add to honey mixture and beat on low speed until dough is smooth, scraping down side of bowl frequently with a rubber spatula. Divide dough in half; wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours, or until firm. (Meanwhile, prepare filling.)
2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Between pieces of generously floured wax paper, roll out each piece of dough to make a 10 x 6-inch rectangle. Cut dough rectangles in half lengthwise to make two 10 x 3-inch strips from each large rectangle.
3. Place one fourth of filling lengthwise in a mound down center of each strip. Moisten lengthwise edges of pastry. Lift pastry edges of one strip to cover filling and overlap slightly; roll over, seam side down. Repeat with remaining strips to make 4 rolls. Cut each roll crosswise into 12 cookies. Place cookies, seam side down, 2 inches apart on well-greased baking sheets.
4. Bake 20 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Remove cookies to racks immediately.
5. Meanwhile, stir together powdered sugar and lemon juice to make a glaze. Brush glaze over hot cookies as soon as they have been removed to racks. Let cool completely. Store in a tightly covered container. Cookies are best if allowed to ripen 3 or 4 days before serving.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cookie
Interest: 
Holiday
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Almond
Servings: 
12

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