We are all familiar with flair, gifts, promotional material, and swag - if we are going to be completely cliche. Most of the time shameless promotional gifts are outright cheesy, but one of our partners has done it right. Perfection is something we've grown to expect from Herman Miller products, and thus the company gift they send out is nothing less than perfection with a side of whimsy. Herman Miller gives out honey that is produced at one of their eco-friendly and LEED certified facilities designed by William McDonough. This building, situated on fanciful meadows along the Michigan countryside, was once infested with aggressive wasps that would aggravate the workers and visitors. Staying true to their green initiative, Herman Miller decided to find an eco-friendly solution to their wasp infestation. The answer: honeybees. Herman Miller brought in 12 beehives and around 600,000 honeybees. The bees feed on the food sources thus forcing the wasps leave. Now the Herman Miller honeybees produce approximately 4,800 pounds of honey that Herman Miller shapes into tasty souvenirs.
Our Ode to the Herman Miller Honeybees is a great recipe for thumbprint cookies topped with icing made with Herman Miller honey and laced with the essence of almonds. They only lasted a few hours in the office. Their delectableness is directly owed to the Herman Miller honey, no doubt. We are proud of the brands we represent here at Smart Furniture, especially when they maintain ethical and environmental practices like Herman Miller. Visit our Herman Miller page to read more about the brand and see our extensive collection of their classic furniture to beautify your space.
1} 1 cup of softened salted butter
2} 3/8 cup of sugar
3} 2 cups of flour
4} 1/2 teaspoon of salt
In a mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the sugar and butter on med-high until almost whipped. Then add flour and salt and mix on low until the concoction becomes a dough. Flatten dough into a disc, then wrap in plastic and set it in the refrigerator for an hour. Or if you are impatient like me put it in the freezer for 40 minutes.
Heat oven to 325. Form dough into balls about 1 tablespoon in size. Leave a thumb indention too. Bake for 10 minutes, then pull out the cookies and repress your thumb into them because they will rise. Place them back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
This is really a trial and error element of the cookies.
1} 1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar
2} 1-2 tablespoons of milk
3} 1-2 tablespoons of honey
4} 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract
Whisk the icing ingredients together in a bowl. I start with 1 tablespoon of the wet ingredients (honey and milk) because they can be added if the icing is too think. Add ingredients until the flavor is to your liking. If the icing is too runny then add more powdered sugar. And by all means, please pretend you are a chemist (it adds to the fun). After piping the icing, the hardest trial is at hand. You must wait 8 hours for the icing to harden before consuming the cookies. If you can't wait to try one, stick it in the freezer or refrigerator for around 30 minutes.
[This recipe was adapted from one found on Recipe for Crazy.]