Honey Cake Biscotti are crunchy honey cookies great for snacking or dunking in a cup of tea. These lightly sweet treats are delicious any time of day.
Honey Cake is traditional for Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year. This year, I am expanding my baking and gifting tradition to include crunchy Honey Cake Biscotti. Sharing sweet honey cookies are a delicious way to wish friends and loved ones a sweet New Year!
On Rosh Hashanah it’s customary to dip apples in honey. Apples are used because they are sweet and have many symbolic connections within the Bible and other Jewish texts. Honey is symbolic of our hopes for a sweet New Year.
Many foods made with either apple or honey are often prepared for Rosh Hashanah meals. For many years, I’ve baked mini Honey Cakes to share at Rosh Hashanah.
When my kids were in college I started the tradition of Rosh Hashanah Care Packages filled with a variety of apple and honey goodies like Honey Lollipops, Apples and Honey Cookies, and Pomegranate Caramels.
That tradition will continue when I send out a Rosh Hashanah Care Package this week to my son and his girlfriend living in Chicago.
This year’s care package and my gifts to friends will include some crunchy apples and honey in the form of these Honey Cake Biscotti and the Apple Biscotti I will be posting later this week.
Honey Cake Biscotti are full of honey flavor, just like honey cake, but they are crunchy and dip-able in your beverage of choice. I think they are especially great dipped in tea.
Biscotti get their crunch from being baked twice. The long logs of biscotti dough are baked then sliced.
At that point the cookies are firm but not crunchy. Honey Cake Biscotti are quite good after the first baking (a lot like honey flavored mandel bread) and you may decide to stop there.
Baking the slices a second time, creates a crunchy treat that not only tastes great, but travels well in care packages and stays fresh for about 2 weeks.
Check out this guide with tips and recipes for creating a fabulous Rosh Hashanah Gift Basket or care package!
These apple shape cookies are perfect for Rosh Hashanah and back to school! A delicious flavored cut out cookie recipe made with oats!
Apple and Honey Cookies are soft, chewy apple butter cookies topped with honey icing.
This Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake is a favorite cake loaf year round! This easy to make quick bread is moist and flavorful.
Honey Lollipops are are sweet, sparkling treats! Poured them into molds or in free form shapes. Enjoy them as candy or stir them into a hot mug of tea!
Pomegranate Caramels are luscious, chewy, buttery caramel candies with the added fruitiness of pomegranate. They are a delicious treat and make beautiful gifts.
Wishing everyone a healthy, happy, and peace-filled New Year. L’Shana Tova!
- Confectioners’ sugar for dusting the tops of the biscotti
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set it aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and baking powder.
- Add the oil, honey, coffee and eggs to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
- Divide the dough in half. Roll each piece into a log (about 10 inches long and 3 inches wide) on the prepared baking sheet. Leave 3 inches between the logs.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the loaves are lightly browned.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes.
- Lower the oven temperature to 325° F.
- With a serrated knife, slice both logs on a slight diagonal into ¾”- 1” thick biscotti.
- Stand the biscotti slices, slightly separated, on the parchment lined baking sheet.
- Return to the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes or until mostly firm. Biscotti will get crisper as they cool.
- Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
- Optional: Dust with confectioners’ sugar.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.