Russian Medianyky (Honey Biscuits)

Russian Medianyky (honey Biscuits) Recipe

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Beth Renzetti


This is a traditional Russian recipe for a classic biscuit (cookie) made from flour flavoured with spices, honey, orange zest and almonds that's bound with eggs and oven baked until crisp.

Found at Celtnet.


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  • 560 g
    unbleached plain flour
  • 1 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground nutmeg
  • 200 g
    icing sugar
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 2
    extra large eggs
  • 240 ml
    runny honey
  • 2 Tbsp
    orange zest chopped finely
  • 1
    large egg, beaten with a little water
  • 20
    blanched almonds
  • ·
    coarse sugar crystals to dust

How to Make Russian Medianyky (Honey Biscuits)


  1. Sift together the flour, spices, sugar and baking powder into a bowl.
  2. Mix with a fork to blend thoroughly then add the eggs, honey and orange peel. Stir well and bring together as a soft dough.
  3. Turn onto a floured work surface then roll the dough out to about 12mm thick (flour your rolling pin to make this easier). Cut into squares with a pastry cutter then transfer to a lightly-greased non-stick baking tray.
  4. Brush each one with the egg wash then scatter the sugar crystals on top. Place almonds on top.
  5. Transfer the biscuits to an oven pre-heated to 170°C and bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack to cool before storing in an air-tight tin.

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About Russian Medianyky (Honey Biscuits)

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Eastern European
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #russian, #Cookies

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