This recipe for honey cookies is quick, easy, and delicious! They have a great cinnamon flavor and are perfect for dunking in your favorite hot beverage.
Did you know baking with honey is a great way to add a unique flavor to desserts and baked goods?
Honey has been used in baking for centuries, and for a good reason. Not only does it contribute to a distinct sweetness and depth of flavor, but it also adds moisture to baked goods, making them tender and delicious.
Whether making these whole wheat cookies, honey cake, or yeast-free whole wheat honey bread, using honey as an ingredient will give recipes a unique flavor, texture, and golden hue. Plus, you will love the aroma as they bake in the oven.
More reasons to love this recipe
- It is super simple to make with ingredients you probably have in your pantry.
- They keep for a couple of days… if they last that long. These cookies with honey also freeze well.
- These are a great addition to your holiday cookie platter and are great for cookie exchanges, homemade holiday gifting, or even hostess gifts.
- Cinnamon and honey… need I say more?
- The recipe comes together easily and quickly -no need for a stand mixer.
Let me show you how you can enjoy these beautiful cookies in just thirty minutes!
Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Position the oven rack in the middle. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
We are going to need two mixing bowls.
In the first mixing bowl, sift together 4 cups of all-purpose flour (568 grams), 2 teaspoons of baking powder, a pinch of salt, and 1½-2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Set it aside for now.
In another large bowl, whisk 3 room temperature eggs. Add ¾ cup of granulated sugar and continue to whisk until well combined and slightly thickened. Whisk in ¾ cup of vegetable oil and 3 tablespoons of honey.
Finally, add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Scoop dough with a medium-sized cookie scooper and roll each into a smooth ball or in an elongated shape. Place on baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Continue to roll until all of the dough is used. You should be able to make about 3½ dozen cookies. Finally, brush the cookies with an egg wash.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until firm to the touch.
Transfer to wire racks to cool completely and resist the temptation to eat more than one 🙂
- Warm up the honey for a few minutes before using it. The warmth will help to thin out the honey and make it more pourable. Also, grease the measuring cup with oil before adding the honey. This will help it slide right out when it’s time to add the honey to the recipe.
- The quality of the honey you use will directly impact the flavor and texture of your cookies.
- Experiment with different spice combinations to find your favorite. Nutmeg, allspice, or ginger are all great spices that can add warmth and flavor to this recipe with honey.
- After brushing the tops with the egg wash, create a variation and transform them into honey sesame cookies by sprinkling them with sesame seeds.
Store them in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature.
You can freeze these cookies for up to 3 months for longer storage, either in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap and placed in a freezer bag. Thaw frozen cookies at room temperature before serving.
You can add a few tablespoons of chopped nuts or dried fruits like raisins to this recipe. Fold them with the dry ingredients before mixing them into the cookie dough.
Baking with honey recipes
Honey is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of desserts.
Another popular honey dessert is this recipe for honey cake. This simple cake makes a great dessert for special occasions.
It was a lazy Sunday afternoon. I was sitting in my backyard when I fell down the Pinterest rabbit hole… again. As soon as I saw these cookies, I knew I had to make them.
The simplicity of these honey cinnamon cookies reminds me so much of some recipes I grew up with, like Italian sesame cookies or these Italian honey biscotti. That was the initial attraction.
The original recipe can be found here. Although I love cinnamon, I decreased the amount… just a little bit. No other changes were required. These are genuinely fantastic cookies!
There is no denying the culinary influence of neighboring countries in Europe and Northern Africa. Did you know that the Moors once occupied Sicily during the middle ages? As a result, Arabian sweets and exotic spices are highly evident on this Mediterranean island.
And so, on this particular Sunday afternoon, I find myself writing about these cookies thirty minutes after I have made them.
I returned to my backyard with apple tea and a few simple honey cinnamon cookies.
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Easy Honey Cookies Recipe with Cinnamon
- 4 cups all purpose flour 568 grams
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1½ – 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 3 eggs room temperature
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 egg yolk lightly beaten
- ½ teaspoon milk
- Preheat the oven to 350℉/175°C. Position rack to middle.
- Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, sift or whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs.
- Slowly add sugar. Continue to whisk until well combined and slightly thickened.
- Add the oil and the honey. Combine well.
- Finally, add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined. If the dough feels tacky, add 1 tablespoon of flour.
- Scoop dough with a medium-sized cookie scoop and roll it into a smooth ball or in an elongated shape.
- Place on baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Continue to roll until all of the dough is used.
- Brush cookies with egg wash.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until firm to the touch.
- Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
- Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for a few days. Can also be frozen.
This post was originally published on August 12, 2017, and republished on February 15, 2023, with updated content, photos, and video. Thanks for sharing!