Ancient Honey Cakes (Rice Flour Cookies with Nuts or Poppy Seeds)


In Ancient temples, they offered honey cakes to the goddess. I imagine that they were something like this. I adapted the rice flour for modern tastes, although you can try barley flour if desired. These cakes are gluten and sugar free.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
18 cakes


  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup honey

  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten

  • 2 cups rice flour

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 2 teaspoons hemp seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.

  2. Beat butter and honey in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy; add eggs a little at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add rice flour, baking powder, and cardamom to butter mixture; mix until just combined. Roll dough into small balls, about 1 heaping teaspoon each.

  3. Pour hemp seeds into a small bowl. Press the top half of each dough ball into seeds. Transfer dough balls, seed-side up, to the baking sheet and gently press to 1/4-inch thickness.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, about 20 minutes.


You can use coconut oil for butter, Egyptian barley flour for rice flour, and crushed almonds or poppy seeds instead of hemp seeds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

148 Calories
6g Fat
22g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 148
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 51mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 28mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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