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Here is the family recipe. Thanks Mom!
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons honey
2-1/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch of sea salt or kosher
1/2 cup raisins a mixture of golden and dark
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
powdered sugar for garnish
Heat oven to 350 degrees. You will need 2 parchment lined cookie sheets set aside.
In a large bowl combine all wet ingredients and mix together. Add the dry ingredients and stir the raisins and walnuts in last. Shape the cookies into 2 inch logs and place on baking sheets. Slightly flatten the logs, placing two inches apart, I add a few more raisins to the sides and top if not enough. Bake for 12 minutes on 350 degrees. When completely cooled, place the powdered sugar in a zip lock bag and shake the cookies gently into the sugar. You can freeze these and I have sent them through mail easily!