This is cookie for the person who likes a very strong honey flavor. It is crispy on the outside and very moist and chewy inside. It would be very easy to vary the flavors of this cookie by adding various spices or some grated citrus peel.
1 1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking soda
4 cups flour
sugar for rolling the dough balls in
Beat together the oil, sugar, eggs, honey and vanilla. Then stir in the dry ingredients to make a heavy, slightly sticky dough. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. For the dough into balls, using about a tablespoon of dough, roll each ball of dough in sugar (I like to use a coarse turbinado sugar, but plain white sugar works well too). Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, about an inch apart. Bake about 10 minutes until lightly browned and they look dry. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet a few minutes before removing to a rack to finish cooling. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.
Variations: Decrease vanilla to 1 tsp. and add various spices to taste: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, whatever you prefer.
Decrease vanilla to 1 tsp. and add the finely grated rind of two lemons or three limes. Add more grated rind to the sugar you roll the balls of dough in.