Products of the Hive


  • 7-1/2 cups – all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon – baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons – cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon – ginger
  • 1 teaspoon – nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon – salt
  • 1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) – butter
  • 1-1/2 cups – dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon – lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup – honey
  • 3 – eggs


Sift dry ingredients together; set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar and zest. Add honey in a steady stream and mix until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time; mix well. Add dry ingredients, a cup at a time; mix well. Divide dough in two, flatten into disks, and wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters into desired shapes. Bake in a pre-heated 350°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Makes 4 dozen 4-inch large gingerbread men.


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