Sleepy Sunny Honey Bear Cookies

These Sleepy Sunny Honey Bear Cookies have an especially magical meaning to them!
The recipe comes from the celebration of the summer solstice – the longest day of the year! – using herbs and ingredients to welcome the magical powers of the sun. 

It includes lavender buds to make them sleepy, they welcome the summer sun and they’re sweet with the subtle flavour of honey and if you have a bear cookie cutter like I do, well, there’s the names explanation!

If you want more traditional solstice cookies there are additional ingredients I’ve popped below the recipe but break out your cutest cookie cutter and join me in making these sleepy sunny honey cookies.

You’ll need – 

  • 1 cup flour ¾ cup oats
  • ⅓ cup butter ½ cup honey 
  • 1/4th cup brown sugar Pinch of salt 
  • 1tsp of lavender buds 
  • For your icing…
  • 3tsp milk 1 cup icing sugar 
  • Lemon juice

First, beat your butter and sugar together and add flour, oats and your lavender buds. Pour in your honey until the mix pulls together into a thick cohesive dough. Divide the dough into 4 balls, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for an hour. Preheat your oven to 150c and bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes – they should be on the paler side of light gold. Once they’re fully cooled decorate with lemon icing in whatever way you like! 


For a truly authentic solstace cookie, as well as your lavender buds add minced thyme, minced rosemary, minced sage and a few crushed cardamom seeds. 

You can also add a few drops of St Johns Tincture to your icing to give it a sunny colour as well as a very mild health benefit of St John’s Wort – it’s worth mentioning that St John’s can cause photosensitivity or interfere with antidepressants. It’s likely it won’t have any effect on you unless you eat copious amounts of it but it’s still worth noting.


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