Medianyky (Honey Cookies)

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Title: Medianyky (Honey Cookies)
Yield: 12 Servings
Categories: Cookies, Christmas, Russian


4 c Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 ts Ground Cinnamon
1/2 ts Ground Cloves
1/2 ts Ground Ginger
1/2 ts Ground Nutmeg
1 c Powdered Sugar
2 ts Baking Powder
2 Extra Large Eggs
1 c Honey
2 tb Chopped Orange Peel
1 lg Egg; Beaten With A Little
-Water For Glazing
20 Blanched Almonds
Coarse Sugar Crystals

Sift the flour, spices, sugar, and baking powder together, blending well.
Add the eggs, honey, and orange peel to make a soft dough. On a floured
work surface, roll out the dough to about 1/2-inch thick. Cut into shapes
with cookie cutters, and place on a lightly greased or non-stick cookie
sheet, brushing each one with the egg wash glaze. Place 1/2 of an almond
in the top center of each cookie and sprinkle with the sugar crystals.
Bake in a preheated 350 Degree F. oven until done, about 15 minutes. Cool
on wire racks and store in airtight tins.