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Bulgarian Honey-Spice Cookies Recipe - Medenki


Bulgarian Honey-Spice Cookies or Medenki

Bulgarian Honey-Spice Cookies or Medenki

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This Bulgarian recipe for honey-spice cookies or medenki are typically rolled and cut into fanciful shapes. The warm cookies can be brushed with stiffly beaten egg whites and then sprinkled with colored sugar or decorations of choice. When the dough is shaped into ovals or pushed into walnut-shaped molds, and then sandwiched together with rosehip jam and one end is dipped in melted chocolate and nuts, they become Bulgarian acorn cookies.

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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 dozen Honey-Spice Cookies


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 7 ounces sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 1/2 ounces honey
  • 1 3/4 ounces oil
  • 1 stiffly beaten large egg white


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon and salt. In a separate medium bowl, beat together eggs, honey and oil. Add to flour mixture and form into a smooth dough. If dough is too soft, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for an hour or so.

  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick between sheets of parchment paper. Cut into desired shapes, leaving 1 inch of space between. Bake 10 minutes or until slightly golden around the edges. While cookies are still hot, brush with beaten egg white and sprinkle with colored sugars or decorations of choice. Let cool completely and store tightly covered.
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