Bulgarian Honey Cookies Medenki Recipe
Bulgarian Honey Cookies Medenki Recipe – these soft, spiced cookies, dipped in chocolate make the perfect sweet treat this holiday season.
With all the gorgeous and decadent cookie recipes that I’ve been seeing lately, due to the most “cookie heavy” holiday being just around the corner, I decided to share a favorite cookie recipe from my childhood.
It seems like very few people are making these nowadays, but they are very simple to make and definitely festive.
What are Medenki Cookies?
The warm honey and cinnamon flavor in combination with chocolate make these Bulgarian Honey Cookies Medenki unique and perfect for edible gift.
Even though people don’t make these Bulgarian Honey Cookies Medenki as often as they bake chocolate chip ot shortbread cookies, you can find Medenki in ethnic and Eastern European stores here in the US.
In Bulgaria they are packaged individually and sold in major supermarkets.
What to serve Medenki with?
They taste great with a cup of tea or coffee.
Serve them with milk for the little ones.
How to make Medenki?
The process of making these Bulgarian Honey Cookies Medenki is very easy.
- All you need to do is mix up the dough with all ingredients.
- Shape balls, that you then press flat.
- Bake until golden, let them cool and dip one side in melted chocolate.
How to decorate Bulgarian Medenki Cookies?
I chose to dip half of the Bulgarian Honey Cookies in semi-sweet and half in white chocolate.
Do it according to your preference.
To make these cookies, I adapted the recipe from two different medenki recipes, from an old book.
That book has like 6 different recipes for these cookies.
I used powdered sugar in the recipe, which made the cookies extra soft.
Another thing ti pay attention to is that this dough is on the oily side.
But it is easy to work with and shapable.
But don’t worry about that.
Once baked, you’ll be able to taste how delicious these Bulgarian Honey Cookies Medenki are.
How long to bake medenki for?
Baking time may vary, depending on the size of the cookies.
I baked my cookies for 12-13 minutes, until they started to turn golden.
How to shape medenki?
I used a cookie scoop to shape these, each cookie is made with about 2 tbsp of dough.
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Bulgarian Honey Cookies Medenki Recipe
For the cookies:
- 2 eggs — large
- 1 cup powdered sugar — sifted
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 cups vegetable oil
- 4 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a bowl, combine flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together eggs and powdered sugar for3 minutes. Add vanilla extract and honey. Mix to combine, then add oil.
Add the flour mixture in two increments and beat to incorporate. Let the dough rest for 5-10 minutes.
Shape 2 tbsp balls, place on baking sheets and press flat. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden. Let the cookies cool down completely.
Melt white and semi-sweet chocolate separately with 1 tbsp vegetable oil each.
Dip cookies halfway into chocolate. Let it set. Keep in a air tight container or wrapped in cellophane bags for up to 2 weeks in room temperature or refrigerated.
Nutrition InformationCalories: 188, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 67mg, Potassium: 69mg, Carbohydrates: 24g, Sugar: 11g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 20%, Calcium: 19%, Iron: 1.2%
These cookies are so pretty, Mira! I love how easy these are to make, too. The honey and cinnamon combo sounds so warm and comforting. And the touch of chocolate is just perfect! Pinned!
These cookies are just too pretty and I want to reach in and grab some to eat with my mid-morning coffee!! I love the sound of the honey and spices and would love to bake up a batch soon!
YES. These look SO good and are so darn pretty- definitely need to add to my holiday to-bake list!
These look directly taken out of the bakery! You made them so perfect.. it reminds me of those cookie cans at my Grandma’s place that I loved as a kid. Thank you for sharing this. They look delicious
These are a childhood favorite! Can’t wait to try them!
Made these as a gift for my boyfriends bulgarian parents. Hopefully they will enjoy them! I will say they’re a bit dry but I’m going to try the white bread trick today before wrapping them up. I added some cayenne and cinnamon to the semi sweet chocolate and it worked out well!
Hi Elizabeth, so glad you liked these! They should be a tad under baked otherwise they might be a little dry. The white bread trick will definitely help. Make sure they are in an air-tight container. Hope they like them!
Just baked these a few minutes ago and the BG husband approves! Worth noting that the recipe doesn’t call for nearly enough oil- rather than trying to save the cookies after they’re done, add more oil (and I added a bit more honey and cinnamon, too).
The ingredients list says 2 teaspoons but the directions say 1 tablespoon for the oil that goes with the chocolate
I;m so sorry, it is 2 tsp for the oil with the chocolate.
Made them exactly as directed, dough was very crumbly. I always follow recipe first time, but agree with person who said more oil is needed. They taste OK, but don’t look pretty to serve to guests.
Did you let the dough rest? It is possible, depending on the type of ingredients used, to need a little more oil.
If I don’t have a stand mixer can I use a hand mixer
Yes, hand mixer can be used or you can mix by hand.