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 you wish. Gluten-free! Sugar-free!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 cakes
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • Beat butter and honey together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy; add eggs and mix well. Mix rice flour, baking powder, and cardamom into creamed butter mixture until dough is just mixed. Roll dough into small balls, about 1 heaping teaspoon each.

  • Pour hemp seeds into a bowl and press each dough ball into the seeds, coating half of each ball. Transfer dough balls to the baking sheet, gently pressing to 1/4-inch thickness.

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

Cook's Notes:

Coconut oil can be used in place of butter, if desired. Egyptian barley flour can be used in place of rice flour. Crushed almonds or poppy seeds can be used in place of hemp seeds.

Nutrition Facts

148 calories; protein 2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 22g 7% DV; fat 6.1g 9% DV; cholesterol 34.2mg 11% DV; sodium 51.3mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2016
A nice treat to go with your tea, because these are very dry. But they are also very light and not too sweet, just delicate in both flavour and texture. Reading all the possible adaptations in the description and in the notes I used ingredients to adhere to my family's diets. I used white rice flour to keep it gluten free and chose to use crushed almonds instead of hemp or poppy seeds. Two teaspoons are not enough for the final step, so I ended up tripling it. I made some with almonds and some with sesame seeds. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/18/2019
i didn't have cardamom so i used 1/4 tsp. each of cinnamon nutmeg clove and this still didn't provide much flavor. i omitted the hemp seeds as i didn't have any of those either. For everything else i followed the recipe and they came out very very dry. Maybe i committed some technical error of some kind?? Read More
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  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2016
A nice treat to go with your tea, because these are very dry. But they are also very light and not too sweet, just delicate in both flavour and texture. Reading all the possible adaptations in the description and in the notes I used ingredients to adhere to my family's diets. I used white rice flour to keep it gluten free and chose to use crushed almonds instead of hemp or poppy seeds. Two teaspoons are not enough for the final step, so I ended up tripling it. I made some with almonds and some with sesame seeds. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/18/2019
i didn't have cardamom so i used 1/4 tsp. each of cinnamon nutmeg clove and this still didn't provide much flavor. i omitted the hemp seeds as i didn't have any of those either. For everything else i followed the recipe and they came out very very dry. Maybe i committed some technical error of some kind?? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/24/2020
Great flavor but very dry. I’m going to experiment with a moister more bread like version. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2016
good cookies! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2018
These were pretty good easy to make and I will definitely be making them again. I'm on a very limited diet for medical reasons so I had to make some substitutions. Sub'd 1T Apple Cider Vinegar 1t oil and 1t baking soda per egg. Also omitted the cardamom and hemp seeds. Instead I used cardamom and cinnamon bark essential oils for flavor. Might also try orange zest and orange essential oil next time for a different flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2019
I made this didnt add the cardamom or the seeds. I just realized that I forgot the butter lol. Hope they turn out good will update In 20 mins Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2019
I love these. Very easy and have the right historical flair. Yes they are a bit dry but I assume this is accurate for something made in ancient times and meant to be used as an offering. Delicious with hot tea or red wine. Oh and I couldn't get cardamom so I used coriander. Brushed with egg white before baking. The photo shows two versions: one baked longer with finely chopped almond on top the other baked less time with flax seeds inside. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/12/2017
I had to add an additional 1/2 to 3/4 cup rice flour to the recipe. I also baked for only 7-8 minutes in my convection oven. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/06/2019
I really love the flavor of these cookies. I couldn't get cardamom so I used ground coriander. I also can't find hemp seeds but I added chopped caraway seeds to the batter and might try poppy seeds. Brushed with a little egg white to help hold together and give them a nice glaze. Great with my morning coffee. They also do well in the freezer. Read More