1/2 C. brown sugar
2 T. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 T. milk (I used 1 percent, but I think you could use any kind of milk you have in your fridge, including cream)
1/4 C. date honey (or regular honey)
1/3 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 C. almonds; coarsely ground
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 heaping tsp orange; zested
1/2 C. dark chocolate (for dipping)
Tips: 1) You must follow the order here. I have accidentally added the almond mixture at the wrong stage and the cookies will not spread. 2) Cool your tray with water each time you remove it from the oven (it will not warp your tray) or get three trays handy because if you drop your batter onto a heated tray the cookies will start to spread instantly and will be oddly-shaped. 3) If you end up with any oddly shaped ones, just take some scissors and cut the edges before the cookies have completely cooled down.
Letâ€™s begin! Preheat your oven to 350 F and line two baking trays with parchment paper; set aside. Bring the butter, sugar, milk, vanilla, and honey to a boil, stirring continuously. Once it reaches a rolling boil, wait one minute and then remove from the heat. Now, grab a bowl and mix the flour, almonds, cinnamon and orange zest together, slowly adding them to the wet mixture and making sure everything is incorporated well. Let sit for about 20 minutes or until the mixture is cool enough to be handled, even though you wonâ€™t be handling it. If the mixture is stiff when you return to it, warm it up over a low flame for a minute or two. Drop teaspoon-sized balls onto your parchment paper, leaving about three inches space between each of the cookies because they will spread a lot. Create a double-boiler to melt the chocolate or melt it in the microwave. Leave them to cook for 6-8 minutes. If you want them more like toffee brittle leave them in on the longer end. I like mine slightly chewy in the center and crispy on the outside. Once the centers are bubbling and they are a goldeny-brown color, remove them from the oven. Immediately remove the parchment paper from the tray and let them cool on the counter. After about three-five more minutes, youâ€™ll be able to remove them from the parchment paper without a problem. Any sooner and theyâ€™ll still be soft and likely tear. Once youâ€™re able to remove them from the parchment, you can wrap however many you want around the stick of a wooden spoon and create a flute. You can also fold them to create a bowl for ice cream, which I would have done if I hadnâ€™t eaten the rest of the ice cream a few days agoâ€¦OR you can teaspoon chocolate onto the flat side of a cookie and sandwich it with another, which is my preference. Place them in the fridge for about 15 minutes to get the chocolate hard. Enjoy!