Prepare a week in advance so that they will absorb a little moisture. Do not over bake. Watch for the first signs of the dough becoming dull-finished: this signifies that the liquid that made it shiny during the beginning of the baking has evaporated.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Sift the cocoa powder through a fine strainer to eliminate lumps. Combine it with the flour, white sugar, ground almonds, cinnamon, cloves and baking soda.

  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the honey and 1/4 cup of the water. Stir until a smooth, sticky dough forms. Allow to stand for 1 minute to absorb the liquid.

  • Turn the dough out onto a generously floured surface and pat it into a 6X12 inch rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Flour the dough lightly and roll over it once or twice with a rolling pin to even it out. Cut the dough into 1 1/2 inch strips, then cut the strips diagonally to make diamond shapes and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 15 minutes. Remove from pan to cool.

  • To Make The Icing: Mix the confectioners' sugar with the remaining 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Brush over the cooled cookies. The icing will crystallize and harden as it dries.

Nutrition Facts

200.4 calories; protein 4g 8% DV; carbohydrates 35.5g 11% DV; fat 6.6g 10% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 106.8mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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12/07/2010
Finally! I have been searching for this recipe for years! My Aunt goes to Italy every year and brings these back for me because I love them so much. They are chocolately and spicey and keep for quite a while and the older they get the better they taste! Perfect for Christmas cookies. The kind I get normally have a chocolate icing but this one is good too. The only recommendation I have it to refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes before rolling it out to make the process easier. Read More
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