Looking for a super easy recipe for crispy honey cookies? This delightful sweet treat is easy and they are cute as can “bee” – pun intended. Similar to regular sugar cookies, the use of honey instead of sugar adds moisture and flavor. For those of us who are “honey lovers”, finding new ways to bake with honey only adds more enjoyment to the process. These are a perfect companion to a cup or coffee or hot tea.
Baking Cookies with Honey
The only thing better than making cookies is eating them. This is a simple starter recipe but you can let your imagination run wild and really dress them up.
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But, before we can think about fancy decorating tips or enjoying the fruits of our labor, we need to gather our ingredients.
- raw honey
- unsalted butter
- vanilla extract
- all-purpose flour
Honey: Any type of honey will do well for this cookie recipe. I always prefer raw honey – yes, even for baking.
Buying raw honey often means that you are buying directly from the beekeeper. I believe this is the best way to get a pure product. However, any type of honey you have on hand will work just fine.
Regular Wildflower Honey is a great alternative to regular sugar in most recipes. However, if you have access to a varietal honey such as clover or orange blossom – it will add more flavor to the cookies.
Honey Measuring Tip
Measuring honey can be a bit frustrating due to its stickiness. An easy tip to remember – spray the measuring cup with cooking spray first.
Then, most of the honey will glide out of the cup effortlessly – ensuring you are getting a true measure in your recipe. This can make honey recipes so much easier to deal to create.
How to Make Crispy Honey Cookies in Bee Shapes
First, mix the honey and butter together – a stand mixer is very hand for this but you can use a hand mixer too. Add egg and vanilla to the mix.
The butter and egg should be allowed to come to room temperature. Your honey should already be at room temperature. When honey is stored properly, it is not kept in the refrigerator.
Next, add the dry ingredients (flour, salt) to the wet mixture. Stir until mixed well but do not whip the dough. You only want to ensure a good mix of all ingredients.
Divide the batter into 2 equal portions and wrap each one in plastic wrap. Use your hand to pat the dough down into a slab. Now put it in the refrigerator to chill.
Like regular sugar cookies, this recipe requires chilling the dough prior to cutting out. You may need to mix the dough one day and bake the next.
But, chill the dough in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes – and keep the portion of dough you are not working with in there until ready to use.
Roll chilled dough onto a floured surface to a thickness of about 1/4″. Use the Ann Clark Bee Cookie Cutter set to create the fun bee shaped cookies. If you roll them out thicker than the recipe suggests, they can serve as a “scone-like” treat.
Honey cookies can be placed closer together than normal because they do not expand a lot. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 12-14 minutes until the edges are browning. . Cool on baking rack.
Crispy Honey Cookies Recipe
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 egg room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Optional: egg for egg wash or sanding sugar for topping
- Beat the butter and honey together until mixed well. This can be done by hand, with a hand mixer or with a stand mixer.
- Add the egg and vanilla extract to the butter mixture and blend well. If using a stand mixer – stir slowly, do not whip.
- Add the all-purpose flour and salt to the wet ingredients. It is easier if you add small amounts at a time. Stir until all ingredients are combined well.
- Divide the cookie dough into 2 equal parts & wrap them in plastic. Push the dough down into a long flat slab. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to chill the dough – or you can leave it until the next day.
- Prepare a floured surface, parchment paper, silicone mat or other and roll 1 part of the dough to a thickness of approximately 1/4". Leave the other section of dough in the refrigerator to keep it chilled.
- Use cookie cutters of your choice. But you can even use a glass jar to cut your dough if you wish.
- Place raw cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. These honey cookies will not spread out much so you can place them close together if you want – or space them out.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees F. The edges should be just beginning to brown when the cookies are ready.Remove finished cookies to a cooling rack and repeat the process for the remainder of dough in the refrigerator.
Tips for Cutting Out the Cookies
- Prepare a work surface for cookie cutting. A lightly floured silicone mat or piece of parchment paper works well.
- Having dough stick to the surface is one of the most frustrating parts of cookie baking.
- Thinner or thicker is fine but it will affect the end product as thinner cookies are crispier.
Other Ways to Use Honey in Baking
If you are looking for something else to bake with honey, consider these Honey Blueberry Scones for a soft moist scone. Another great choice for a quick breakfast on the run are these Blueberry Honey Oatmeal Muffins.
In addition to adding moisture to baked goods, honey is great in other recipes. Love the flavor of peanut butter? Try these Peanut Butter energy treats – great to keep in the freezer for later and these Peanut Butter Honey Cookies can be made ahead too!