Wild + Wonderful
Enjoy these zesty and flavorful cookies during the cold wintery months. Each bite is full of wild berries, dried summer flowers, and aromatic seeds & spices. Such beauty in harvesting and gathering these ingredients throughout the growing season and bringing them to light when all is gray.
Wild Recipe – Recipe adapted from Gather Victoria, always inspiring
Wild Spice Sugar Blend – Creating the spiced sugar is the fun part! Blend these ingredients or add some of your own.
4 T Dried Juniper Berries
4 T Fennel Seeds
3 T Dried Aronia Berries
3 T Dried Rose Petals
2 T Orange or Lemon Rind
1 T Lavender Buds
3 tsp Dried Mint
1/2 tsp Sweet Fern (or Thyme)
1 cup Sugar (your choice)
First, blend all the spices in a coffee grinder until powdered. I ended up straining the mixture to remove any larger pieces, placing them back in the grinder, straining, and so on until completely powdered. Next, add spices to the sugar and blend. This can be used right away or for a more richer flavor, allow the sugary mixture to sit for a day or two before using.
Wild Spiced Honey (optional)
You can blend all the spices above once more and add the blend to honey, making an infused honey. Skipping this step and adding plain honey to the recipe is fine too! Place the blended spices in a jar, covering them with 1 cup of honey and allow to sit for several days. This process can be very time consuming as it takes a while for the spices to fully infuse. Fortunately, there are a few ways to speed up this process. You can add the honey and spices to a double boiler and slowly heat for a few days. However, the way I prefer is to use a crockpot. First, combine the spices and honey in a mason jar, and cover with a lid. Add a towel to the bottom of a crockpot, place the infused honey on the towel in the crockpot. (You’re basically making a nest with the towel for your mason jar). Finally, add water to the crockpot so half the mason jar is submerged, place lid, and slow cook on the lowest setting for 24 hours. Again, this all takes planning and can be skipped if you’d like.
Wild Spiced Winter Cookie Recipe
3/4 cup Honey (infused or not)
3 cups flour
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) melted
3/4 cup wild spiced sugar
1 tsp salt
2 egg yolks
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine the melted butter and honey in a large bowl and mix together. Whisk in the eggs and spiced sugar.
Next, slowly add the flour and salt, mix until it holds its shape.
Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick and use your favorite cookie cutter design to make your cookies. I used a cookie stamp to add a little extra fun! I just fell in love with these Nordic designs.
Bake for 8-10 minutes and allow to cool on a wire rack.
Wild Spice Glaze
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 T wild spice sugar
1 T butter, melted
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp warm water
Combine the spiced sugar and confectioners sugar in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients until smooth. Drizzle the glaze on your cooled cookies and enjoy!
Again, this recipe was adapted from Gather Victoria and slightly altered.