TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 150 servings


  • 2 cups honey
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoon fat-free milk

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 54 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, beat honey and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, allspice and cloves; gradually add to honey mixture and mix well.
  2. Shape dough into five 10-in. rolls; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hour or until firm.
  3. Unwrap dough and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Combine confectioners' sugar and milk; lightly brush over cookies.
  4. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 12-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Honey Spice Cookies in Country Woman March/April 2001, p37

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MommyChickadee User ID: 7055293 204136
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"I've always made this exactly as written. The dough is sometimes dry, but will come together more as you shape it into logs to chill. Also, you can add the flour gradually until it's the right consistency. The dough should be rather sturdy though. I've never had a problem with these cookies spreading to much, but I usually slice them between 1/3-1/2" thick. They're delicious and soft. They've always turned out as lovely to look at as they are to eat. They're very sweet. You'd never know that, for a cookie, they're fairly healthy. Also, the dough freezes really well, so rather than reducing the recipe, it's easy to just freeze the extra logs of dough to bake up another time. Thanks for the terrific recipe!"

Deatheater887 User ID: 4491390 45844
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"I wanted to try a cookie recipe that used honey instead of sugar since it is a natural sweetener. I made a third of the recipe since it makes so many cookies. When I was done with the dough, it resembled a crumb topping. I added an extra half an egg and that worked out fine. They are really sweet, but the cookies spread out a lot in the oven & become a thin ugly mess. The icing on top made them way too sweet. The mixture of spices is great, and they smell delicious. They just weren't the kind of cookies that I would be proud to put on a plate and pass around to my friends (in the sense that they are not visually appealing and are way too sweet)"

JaymieR User ID: 1202719 77131
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2010

"Very good. I made this exactly as written and wound up with 120 cookies. My kids like this better than chocolate chip cookies."

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