Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Have a Holly Jolly Holiday With These Easy to Bake Up Local Hive™ Honey Vanilla Sugar Cookies with Honey Vanilla Frosting + Enter to #WIN some Honey! #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Have a Holly Jolly Holiday
With Local Hive™ From Rice’s Honey® Recipes
Elevates the Season with Raw & Unfiltered Honey
Honey Made Right in Your Own “North Pole” Back Yard!
Honey-Vanilla Cookies Recipe

"Local Hive™ from Rice’s Honey®, a leading producer of high quality, U.S. only raw & unfiltered honey since 1924, wants to help you put the twinkle into your holidays with their locally produced honey varietals. Perfect for your holiday table and every day,Local Hive from Rice’s Honey offers 16 different local varietals of raw honey honey including Local New England, Local Northeast, Local Florida, Authentic Clover & Authentic Wildflower. With your loved ones gathered around the table, whether it’s for a comforting hot drink during the cold days of winter or to enjoy your favorite Christmas cookies, the taste of real honey from Local Hive™ will help you create fond memories.

All Local Hive™ honeys are sourced exclusively in the U.S. and bottled in Greeley, Colorado.  The team at Local Hive™ work directly with local beekeepers across the U.S., to ensure each varietal yields incredibly delicious and subtly different natural flavors that will be great additions to your family recipes and holiday memories.

Raw, unfiltered honey also offers many health benefits including being rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and pollen.  Unlike processed unnatural sugars or sweeteners, Local Hive™ honey offers transparency, as each natural varietal is made so local it’s “made right in your own back yard”.

Very similar to wine, where you taste and see the difference between varietals, Local Hive™ from Rice’s Honey® also imparts specific flavors in each of the honeys they produce.  From Washington to Florida each varietal is unique.

·       Local Hive New England Honey
Floral Sources: Basswood, Berries, Clover, Goldenrod
*Flavor is bold and robust. Northeast honeys are much darker than anywhere else.

·        Local Hive Florida Honey
Floral Sources: Citrus, Brazilian Pepper, Clover, Gallberry, Tupelo      
*Flavor is a bit fruity with a hint of spice.

·       Local Hive Colorado Honey
Floral Sources: Clover, Alfalfa, Wildflowers
*Flavor should be light & sweet.  The sweetest of all honeys sent.

·        Local Hive Southern California Honey
Floral Sources: Alfalfa, Berries, Citrus, Clover, Sage
*Flavor is fruity and sweet.  You’ll notice a hint of orange

·        Local Hive Texas Honey
Floral Sources: Alfalfa, Clover, Cotton, Horsemint, Tallow
*Flavor is medium bodied and sweet.  Not as sweet as Colorado.


To sweeten up your holiday table, enjoy these Local Hive™ Honey Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Local Hive™ Honey Vanilla Sugar Cookies
Makes about 24

½ cup Local Hive™ Honey
2 sticks butter, softened
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
3 vanilla beans (1 for frosting)
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
3 cups flour
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder 

Beat the sugar and butter on high until fluffy, between 7 - 8 ½ minutes. Scrape beans from 2 vanilla bean pods and set aside. Beat together honey, egg, egg yolk, vanilla beans and extract. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder.
Then add in the rest of the beaten ingredients and mix well. 
You should have a dough-consistency.

Sprinkle a cutting board or other clean area with powdered sugar. (No flour)
Roll out dough and but into your holiday shapes.
Bake on parchment paper after putting in the freezer for about 6 minutes, so they get more solid.
Bake at 350º for 9-11 minutes and cool on wire rack.

Honey Vanilla Frosting

1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean
4 cups powdered sugar
1 lb. cold butter

Scrape the beans from the vanilla bean pod and set aside.  Beat the honey, vanilla plus vanilla beans and then beat in half of the powdered sugar. Beat in the half and half. Combine this with the powdered sugar and beat until well.
After cutting the cold butter into small pieces, be sure to add it a little bit at a time, mixing on high speed with a whisk attachment or by hand. Beat on high speed for 9 minutes, or until it looks fluffy.

Decorate your holiday cookies and add sprinkles or other edible decorations and enjoy!


“The holidays are all about family, and our delicious Local Hive™ honey is perfect for all ages,” noted Tony Landretti, Chief Executive Officer ofRice’s Honey®. “With different floral sources based on the location in which the bees pollinate, every Local Hive varietal offers a unique flavor. Since Rice’s Honey® was founded in 1924 by L.R. Rice, we have always remained committed to providing natural, delicious U.S. only raw & unfiltered honey, while supporting local beekeepers all across the U.S. Our local honey products are an artisan blend of various floral types that are regionally sourced, packed in Greeley, Colorado, and delivered to participating grocery stores throughout the United States.”

 A new label design highlighting our new Local Hive™ brand coincides with Rice’s new alliance with PACE, “Pollinator Awareness Through Conservation and Education”, the Butterfly Pavilion’s non-profit global initiative to restore habitats, strengthen populations and reintroduce pollinators into native habitats around the world. This partnership and commitment will be communicated on the back of the new label and will highlight how a portion of proceeds from every bottle sold of Rice’s Honey® will be donated to the PACE initiative to promote and protect the prosperity of pollinators worldwide. Rice’s Honey® has a mission to help promote all pollinators & sustainable bee farms across the country. "

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The kind folks at Rice’s Honey® have sent along a couple bottles of their Local Hive honey for me to ship off to one lucky reader, so that they can you enjoy with your family this holiday season.  You seriously have to try the above Honey Vanilla Sugar Cookie recipe.  I made these cookies over the weekend with my girls, and by the end of the day, they were gone. This is going to be our go-to sugar cookie recipe for now on! :-)

To enter my Rice's Honey Local Hive giveaway, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!


About Local Hive from Rice’s Honey®:

L.R. Rice founded Rice’s Honey®, headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, in 1924. The company remains committed to its founder’s mission of becoming a leading producer of authentic, high quality, U.S. only raw & unfiltered honey.  

Local Hive™ from Rice’s Honey® has generated brand equity through its commitment of producing premium, high quality, raw and unfiltered honey at affordable prices.  Rice’s Honey works with local beekeepers to provide several local, raw & unfiltered honey varieties throughout various states and regions across the U.S.

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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