Crispy Honey Bee Cookies

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Looking for a super easy recipe for crispy honey bee cookies? This delightful sweet treat is easy to make 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 of coffee or hot tea.

Baking Honey Cookies

Bee theme shaped honey cookies on a yellow plate image.

The use of honey in baking is nothing new. Cooks have appreciated the beneficial properties of honey for a long time. In many cases, honey can be substituted for regular sugar in recipes.

The only thing better than making cookies is eating them. This is a simple starter recipe for cookies made using honey and no icing.

But, you can let your imagination run wild and really dress them up. I choose to use cute bee shapes!

But, before we can think about fancy decorating tips or enjoying the fruits of our labor, we need to gather our ingredients. Most are common things that you probably already have in your pantry.


  • raw honey
  • unsalted butter
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
  • 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, you don’t have to find the best honey in the world – what 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 cup sprayed with cooking spray.

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 create.

Directions for Making Honey Cookies

Steps for making honey bee cookies, mixing ingredients, cutting out cookies and placing on baking sheet.

1. Mix all wet ingredients together, blend honey and butter – then add egg and vanilla. Stir until mixed well but slowly do not whip. You only want to ensure a good mix of all ingredients.

2. Now, we will get to use the refrigerator. 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.

3. You can certainly cut out regular round cookie shapes and they will taste delicious. However, I love these Ann Clark Bee Cookie Cutter sets. They are adorable.

Be sure your dough is thin (about 1/4″) if you want crispy honey cookies. If you roll them out thicker than the recipe suggests, they can serve as a “scone-like” treat.

4. 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.

Expert Tips:

I use a stand mixer to make this recipe but of course a hand mixer works well too. As you are preparing, allow the butter and egg to come to room temperature first.

Your honey should already be at room temperature. When honey is stored properly, it is not kept in the refrigerator.

Of course, you can freeze honey for long term storage but the frig is not a friend to honey – it can promote crystallization.

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.
Bee theme cookie cutters from Ann Clark image.

Other Ways to Cook with Honey

If you want to add to your bee themed baked goods, what about some honey bee cupcakes with edible bee decorations. For the young and young at heart, honey bee cake pops are always a hit.

If you are looking for something less sweet 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!

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Bee theme shaped honey cookies on a yellow plate image.

Crispy Honey Bee Cookies Recipe

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
Imagine the excitement when you take these simple honey cookies out of the oven. Kids of all ages will be drawn to them because of the fun shapes.
They are similar in texture to sugar cookies but are made with honey instead of granulated sugar. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you want to jazz up the flavor. Easy to make and freeze for later. A light cookie taste that goes well with coffee or tea too.
4.30 from 24 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes
Course Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 140 kcal

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  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 piece egg room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon 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.


Notes and Tips
* The number of cookies this recipe makes will depend on the thickness of the dough and the size of your cookie cutter.
*I am very messy with flour in the kitchen. Using parchment paper on my cookie sheets does reduce some of the mess.


Serving: 1gCalories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 28mgPotassium: 23mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 246IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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