Almond Honey Rugelach

Those looking for a break from the doldrums of manufactured dessert products need look no further. This Almond Honey Rugelach recipe breaks from the mold of the traditional baking recipe, and incorporates the smooth, rich taste of natural honey.

Almond Honey Rugelach
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup honey, divided
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds
  • ½ cup dried cherries or cranberries
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
  2. Add 3 Tablespoons honey and mix well. Mix in flour until dough holds together.
  3. Form into a ball, wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or longer.
  4. Divide dough in 4 portions; on a floured board roll each portion into a 9-inch circle.
  5. Combine 2 Tablespoons honey and lemon juice; mix well.
  6. Brush dough with honey mixture; sprinkle ¼ teaspoon cinnamon over entire surface.
  7. Combine almonds and dried cherries; drizzle remaining honey over mixture and mix well.
  8. Spread ¼ of almonds mixture onto circle of dough, stopping ½-inch from outer edge.
  9. Cut into 8 triangular pieces.
  10. Roll from wide outer edge toward tip.
  11. Gently bend both ends to form a crescent.
  12. Place on oiled parchment paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate 20 minutes or longer.
  13. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  14. Bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  15. Cool on racks.

Bittersweet Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cupcakes

By forgoing the generic route of traditional sweetener, this recipe delves into the realm of the unique, and includes the rich, smooth flavors of all natural clover honey. These Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cupcakes combine a medley of flavors and textures in a way that will be sure to delight your taste buds.

Bittersweet Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cupcakes
Baked Goods
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Ingredients
  • 8 oz. 60% cocoa bittersweet chocolate, divided
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup Clover honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ pint raspberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 1.
  2. Cut 2 ounces of chocolate into 18 pieces; set aside. Place 6 ounces of coarsely chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave 30 seconds on high; stir well. Microwave 30 seconds more on high and stir until all lumps are gone. If more melting is necessary, microwave in 10 second increments and stir until all lumps are gone. Chocolate should not become too warm. 2.
  3. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside. 3.
  4. In a mixing bowl, cream butter until fluffy. Add honey and melted chocolate; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time. 4.
  5. Add half of the reserved dry ingredients to the butter mixture; mix on low until just combined. With mixer running on low, slowly add the buttermilk. Add remaining dry ingredients until just combined. 5.
  6. Place a Tablespoon of batter in the bottom of each paper-lined muffin tin. Add one piece of chocolate and 2 to 3 raspberries to each cup. Fill muffin tins two-thirds full with remaining batter. Bake 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove to wire rack; cool. Frost with Bittersweet Chocolate Frosting, if desired.