Honey Cookies Recipe

These old German honey cookies are incredibly soft and moist cut out cookies with a sweet honey flavor. The ground ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg add to the overall flavor but don’t hide the good honey taste. Cut shapes using cookie cutters and use this decorator frosting to match them to the holidays! These German cookies are great fall cookies for basking in the autumn season, but can still be enjoyed all year round!

Tips on Making Honey Cookies

Making this recipe for honey cookies is both easy and fun to do! Kids will enjoy rolling the dough and cutting out shapes using fun cookie cutters. You can also decorate the honey cinnamon cookies with different colored frostings. Here are helpful tips that you should know about making it:

  • Cream the butter, sugar, and eggs well. It’s key to achieve a chewy cookie texture. It’s best to do this using an electric mixer. Also, make sure that the butter is at room temperature, not melted, or else the cookies will come out greasy. Creaming by hand will do, but will require a lot of elbow grease!
  • To vary the flavor, you can substitute half of the all purpose flour with wheat flour. You can also mix in a cup of rolled oats, mini chocolate chips, nuts, or raisins into the cookie dough. Roll each dough ball in some turbinado sugar, and you get an added crispy outer layer on your chewy cookie.
  • Achieve uniform sized cookies using a cookie cutter or an ice cream scoop as the cookie scoop. Uniform sized cookies will finish baking at the same time, and will look great on a platter, too!
  • Keep the cookies fresh by storing them in an airtight container. Place a piece of parchment paper in between each cookie to prevent them from sticking together.
  • Alternatively, you can also freeze the cookie dough, cut out or as a whole, wrapped in plastic wrap. It’ll stay good for 3 months.

If you’re fascinated with honey cookies and would like to try more baked goods with honey, check this honey cake out!


Honey Cookies Recipe

How To Make Honey Cookies

In this honey cookies recipe, honey and sour cream give a more natural sweetness and a moist center whenever you take a bite. Plus, it has just the right hint of spice from cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

Prep: 15 mins
Chill: 1 hr
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 1 hr 25 mins


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 cups all purpose flour
  • tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground ginger


  1. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat butter, white sugar and brown sugar until creamy.

  2. Add the eggs one at a time, creaming after each addition.

  3. Add honey and sour cream.

  4. In a large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients until well blended.

  5. Pour wet ingredients over flour mixture and fold in with dry ingredients until all flour is moistened and the dough comes together.

  6. Chill for at least 1 hour.

  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Meanwhile, grease and line a baking tray or cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  8. Using a rolling pin, roll dough on the lightly floured surface to about ¼ to ⅓-inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out your favorite shapes. Alternatively, you can also scoop out uniform-sized cookie dough balls into the baking sheet using an ice cream scoop.

  9. Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are a light brown.


  • Sugar: 21g
  • :
  • Calcium: 30mg
  • Calories: 249kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Cholesterol: 29mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 68mg
  • Protein: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 142mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 198IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

What does honey do to cookies?

Honey adds a floral and fruity sweetness to the cookies. And since it also adds moisture, it makes the cookies incredibly chewy as well.

Can cookies be made with honey instead of sugar?

Partly, but not totally. First, honey is sweeter than sugar. So if you replace all sugar with honey, the cookie will be too sweet. The texture will also be affected as well because honey is liquid, while sugar is not. Moreover, only sugar has the capacity to be whipped together with butter to form air bubbles that will give the cookies structure. We recommend sticking to having a mix of honey and sugar in the cookie dough so that you get the flavor of honey while also keeping the structure and texture courtesy of the sugar.

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Whether it's for a fun family bonding activity, or you just want to make some cookies for milk, this honey cookies recipe is one that you can easily go to. It easily makes moist and chewy cookies with a rich honey and spice flavor, just like the bakery’s!
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