Sweeten Up Your Holiday with Local Hive™ Honey Vanilla Sugar Cookies

There is something special about tasting pure unfiltered honey. Knowing that the product you are eating is coming straight from the source without tons of unnecessary additives.Raw honey provides health benefits like antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and pollen unlike processed unnatural sugars or sweeteners. Local Hive™ From Rice’s Honey® has been a leading of high quality honey since 1924. They feature 16 different local varieties of raw honey honey including Local New England, Local Northeast, Local Florida, Authentic Clover & Authentic Wildflower. Each variety has its own unique taste depending on the location the honey is made. For example, Local Hive New England Honey has a  bold and robust flavor while Local Hive Florida Honey s a bit fruity with a hint of spice. I got the chance to try Local Hive™ Honey this past week, and I couldn’t be more impressed with the rich quality each flavor provided.Packaging-Local-Hive-765x510

Local Hive Honey Vanilla Sugar Cookies (24 Cookies)

*Recipe provided by Local Hive™ Honey*

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Ingredients: ½ cup Local Hive™ Honey, 2 sticks butter (softened), 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla, 3/4 cup sugar, 3 vanilla beans (1 for frosting), 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk, 3 cups flour, 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons baking powder

Beat the sugar and butter on high until fluffy, between 7 – 8 ½ minutes. Scrape beans from 2 vanilla bean pods and set aside. Beat together honey, egg, egg yolk, vanilla beans and extract. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder. Then add in the rest of the beaten ingredients and mix well.  You should have a dough-consistency. Sprinkle a cutting board or other clean area with powdered sugar (No flour). Roll out dough and but into your holiday shapes. Bake on parchment paper after putting in the freezer for about 6 minutes, so they get more solid. Bake at 350º for 9-11 minutes and cool on wire rack.

Honey Vanilla Frosting: 1/4 cup Local Hive™ honey, 1/2 cup of half and half, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 vanilla bean, 4 cups powdered sugar, 1 lb. cold butter

Scrape the beans from the vanilla bean pod and set aside.  Beat the honey, vanilla plus vanilla beans and then beat in half of the powdered sugar. Beat in the half and half. Combine this with the powdered sugar and beat until well.After cutting the cold butter into small pieces, be sure to add it a little bit at a time, mixing on high speed with a whisk attachment or by hand. Beat on high speed for 9 minutes, or until it looks fluffy. Decorate your holiday cookies and add sprinkles or other edible decorations and enjoy!

About Local Hive™ from Rice’s Honey®: L.R. Rice founded Rice’s Honey®, headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, in 1924. The company remains committed to its founder’s mission of becoming a leading producer of authentic, high quality, U.S. only raw & unfiltered honey.  Local Hive™ from Rice’s Honey® has generated brand equity through its commitment of producing premium, high quality, raw and unfiltered honey at affordable prices.  Rice’s Honey works with local beekeepers to provide several local, raw & unfiltered honey varieties throughout various states and regions across the U.S.

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