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Honey Cookies

When I think of honey cookies, I typically envision soft and spiced cookies.  These honey cut-out cookies have the texture of crisp sugar cookies but offer a satisfying honey taste.  They hold their shape perfectly during baking so you can use the honey cookies with your favorite cookie cutters.

You can decorate these honey cookies in so many fancy ways (I’ve got an example in an upcoming post) or keep them nice and simple with a dusting of colored sugar.

Honey Cookie Recipe

Heart cookie cutter 2 Inch B1152X

Although you don’t have to use a heart cookie cutter, I love the idea of making heart honey cookies for the honey in your life.  This is the cookie cutter that I used.

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Simple Honey Cut-Out Cookies

Servings 7 dozen 2 inch cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • colored sanding sugar to taste (optional)


  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat butter and honey until thoroughly combined.
  2. Mix in egg and vanilla.
  3. Mix in flour and salt until just combined.
  4. Divide dough into two parts. Wrap each section in plastic wrap and refrigerate for thirty minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  6. Remove first half of dough from the refrigerator and roll out on a floured surface to just over 1/4" thick.
  7. Cut dough into shapes with cookie cutters and optionally sprinkle the tops of the raw cookies with colored sanding sugar.
  8. Arrange cut out cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. The cookies will not rise very much so they can be placed close together on the sheet.
  9. Bake for 13 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to brown.
  10. Cool cookies on a cooling rack.
  11. Roll out, cut, and bake the second half of the dough.

Recipe Notes

If you need to halve the recipe, cut the egg in half by whisking the egg, weighing it, and using half.

Did you ever wonder which type of honey to use for baking?  I did!  I wrote about in my post on baking with honey.

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7 comments on “Simple Honey Cut-Out Cookies”

  1. claire says:

    So…not including metric weights for 2015 then? Damn

  2. Sapphire says:

    I’m not really good with the oven my cousins use when baking and I’m terrified I might accidentally burn down our house if I tried to operate it so I was wondering if you can like do this with a toaster oven instead? :)

  3. Tara Martin says:

    Hi, how long do these last?

  4. Nakia says:

    When would you add the sanding sugar? Prior to baking or immediately after taking cookies out of the oven?

  5. star says:

    oh my. I was looking for a cookie to use a bit of my precious stash of blackberry honey so tried this. I actually for the first time in mt long life had to rebake the cookies. after a total of 19 mins at an accurate 325 degrees f, they still taste like uncooked flour. what a waste of my precious honey. I will eat them for their hint of honey flavor but I don’t like this recipe at all so it’s back to my old standby recipe with more ingredients and baking at 400 degrees.

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