Simple, 3 Ingredient Honey Shortbread

honey shortbread cookies in a gray bowl with a green linen

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Honey shortbread is a simple, easy cookie with just 3 main ingredients. You probably have everything you need right in your pantry! These easy shortbread cookies are crisp and buttery, with a delicate, lightly sweet taste. These are the kinds of cookies you enjoy while you're sipping a cup of tea in front of the fireplace while a Hallmark movie is on. These one bowl, simple honey shortbread come together in 10 minutes, are frozen for 30 minutes, then baked till golden brown, while the chilling time is not optional, I promise they're worth the wait!


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  1. 1 Stick Softened Butter
  2. 4 Tablespoons Honey
  3. 1 1/2 cup Flour
  4. 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  5. 3/4 Teaspoon Salt


  1. 1/3 cup Powdered Sugar
  2. 3/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  3. Pinch of salt
  4. 2-3 Teaspoons of Milk


  1. In a large bowl, with a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream together the butter, honey, flour, cinnamon, and salt until a dough forms
  2. Roll out the honey shortbread dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper until it is 1/4 inch thick
  3. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the shortbread dough into your desired cookie shape, but leave the dough together
  4. Place the honey shortbread dough onto a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and place the baking sheet into the oven
  6. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the shortbread cookies look like a light golden brown
  7. Take the tray out of the oven and let the cookies cool completely on the tray before breaking them apart into your cookie shapes


  1. Whisk together the powdered sugar, cinnamon, salt, and milk 
  2. Drizzle glaze over the honey shortbread cookies and allow the glaze to harden before storing the cookies


  • Read the full recipe before you begin
  • Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to make the honey shortbread dough, it would be hard to mix by hand
  • Roll out your dough to 1/4 inch thick, this is the best thickness for shortbread
  • Cut the cookies into any shape you want, you do not have to do the squares like I did
  • Please do not skip the chilling time! This is important to let the dough rest, hydrate, and develop more flavor
  • After baking, let the honey shortbread cookies cool completely on the tray before you attempt to separate them
  • Glaze these if you want a sweeter cookie, or enjoy a light, delicate buttery cookie if you keep them plain


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