Honey Butter Cookies (no processed sugar!)

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Chewy, buttery, with just a hint of sweetness, these Honey Butter Cookies are sure to be a hit with family and friends.

These scrumptious cookies are perfectly soft and incredibly delicious. But best of all, they are free of processed sugar.

finished honey butter cookies on a white plate with a drizzle of honey

This post has become a reader favorite! So I have given it a refresh from the original publish of June 16, 2017 with updated info and new photos.

Simple & Easy Honey Butter Cookies

I really like creating a recipe that not only is a hit with my entire family, but is also free of processed sugar. Because long story short, I just don’t like the stuff. The more that I have studied the effects of food on our overall health, the more I wanted to improve our eating habits.

But, I also don’t want to deprive my family of treats. My solution is using good ole natural honey. And the more that I am learning how to incorporate it into recipes, the easier it is becoming.

If you like to have little helpers, this recipe is perfect for that! It’s so easy to make, that the little ones will enjoy making them too.

Discover how to make these easy cookies at home. Find out what ingredients you need and read the easy-to-follow instructions below.

finished cookies on a plate with a bite taken out of one of them

Ingredients needed for this recipe

This recipe only requires 5 super simple ingredients!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • softened butter
  • natural honey
  • large egg
  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • chopped pecans, optional
ingredient shot of honey butter cookies

How to Make the Honey Butter Cookies

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. To prevent my cookies from sticking and creating a huge baked on mess, I always use parchment paper to line my cookie sheet.

If you don’t have it, just simply grease your baking sheets.

Add softened butter and honey to a medium bowl and cream together with an electric mixer on medium speed. Or a stand mixer works well too.

In separate large bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder until combined.

ingredients and butter and honey in a bowl
creamed butter and honey in a bowl and flour with baking powder in another bowl
creamed butter and honey in a bowl with the flour slowly being incorporated together

Mix the egg in with the creamed honey and butter.

Slowly combine flour mixture to the honey butter mixture. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients a little at a time and stir well.

Drop by spoonful to the prepared baking sheets.

Bake for about 10 minutes or until the outer edge of the cookie is a nice golden brown.

Move to a cooling rack to cool down completely before serving.

honey butter cookie down in a large bowl
honey butter cookies scooped out and on a baking sheet with parchment paper
cookies on a baking sheet and parchment paper out of the oven
finished cookies cooling on a tray

Allow cookies to cool completely on a wire rack before moving to storage or enjoying!

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Honey Butter Cookies

These cookies bring the best of honey and butter together and are deliciously soft & cake-like in texture. Here's a recipe you'll turn to again and again without processed sugar. Add some sweetness to your day with these scrumptious cookies.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Mary Woita
Servings 6
Calories: 266kcal



  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. To prevent the cookies from sticking and creating a huge baked on mess, I recommend using parchment paper to line the cookie sheet. If you don’t have it, just simply grease your cookie sheet before baking.
  • Add softened butter and honey to a bowl and cream together with a mixer. Mix in the egg until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder together.
  • Slowly add the combined flour and baking powder to the butter mixture, a little at a time and mix well.
  • Drop the cookie dough by spoonful on to cookie sheet. Top the cookies with the optional chopped pecans if using.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes or until the outer edge of the cookie is a nice golden brown.
  • Allow cookies to cool completely & enjoy!

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white plate filled with honey butter cookies


I’m telling you, this cookie recipe will become an instant hit. My family has requested it over and again.

They are light, soft, and fluffy!

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  1. Sounds yummy will have to try this. Love that I can make these with stuff we produce on our farm (minus baking powder and flour).

  2. 5 stars
    This was definitely amazing and I will be making this again! I followed the recipe completely but added cocoa powder to it and it tastes just like a brownie cookie! Thank you so much.

  3. I like them. But would add a half tsp of salt to offset the flour. I like the hint of honey flavor. I added a natural butter extract. Also, FYI, these are a soft cookie, not hard and crunchy.

  4. 5 stars
    I made these today for my 6 year old granddaughter. She loved them! Since she can’t have dairy or sugar, I substituted margarine (in stick form) for the butter and they turned out very well. Thanks for the great recipe!

  5. 4 stars
    Very tasty! I did add about 1/3 cup more flour (to give them more structure), and baked for 12-13 minutes, instead of 10. Next time I’ll add some spices, like cinnamon or ginger.

    1. Made for my seniors at work and they loved these. Used 1/2 a cup more flour (was very runny) and maybe 1/2 tsp of nutmeg (didn’t measure). Absolutely beautiful looking as well

  6. 5 stars
    OMG! these are crazy delious!
    Mine don’t look as pretty as yours (mine went flat) but, I bet they are just as yummy. I will definitely make again….& hide them from my roommate!

  7. 2 stars
    These looked so delicious! I substituted for oat flour (which is meant to be a 1:1 substitute) and found that no matter how much flour I added, the batter stayed thin, like a cake batter. I probably put 3 cups in the end and it still hadn’t thickened up much so I went with it anyway. They ended up so dry they were inedible, but the flavour was good. We blitzed them up for an apple crumble topping. Would not recommend using oat flour!

    1. I’m sorry to hear that you had a poor experience with this recipe. However, you completely altered the recipe and if you followed the recipe as written, I’m sure that your experience would have been better. This recipe has been tested many times and works very well as written with it being a long time reader favorite. I don’t think it is fair that you would give us a low rating on this recipe when you did not follow it.

  8. 5 stars
    I made this recipe and I misread the amount of honey and only put in 1/4 cup and they still turned out great!!!