Icebox Honey Cookies Recipe
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Icebox Honey Cookies Recipe

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My Grandma Wruble always had a batch of these cookies in the cookie jar and another roll in the refrigerator ready to slice and bake. Their honey and lemon flavor is delicious! —Kristi Gleason, Flower Mound, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups shortening
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 147 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in honey and extract. Combine remaining ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Shape into two 12-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 325°. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 8 dozen.
Originally published as Icebox Honey Cookies in Country Woman March/April 2000, p43

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Couper11 User ID: 8159694 244959
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2016

"Almost addictive, a real time saver"

Martha Ensminger User ID: 2245457 241007
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2016

"I baked these for a cookie Christmas plates to give as gifts. The lemon and cinnamon flavor is subtle, but the honey flavor was distinct. The dough is very soft, even when frozen. Of course, my cookies did not look like the picture as they spread. Also, the honey I used was dark, which made them a darker cookie. They were good, but will not be a favorite of mine."

JEANIESJOY User ID: 7723720 231139
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2015

"Love them. Just like Gramme's cookies! Good with hot coffee or tea preferred with tea"

JennTats User ID: 7007311 84583
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2013

"Yum! These cookies are so soft and taste so good! I love the little hint of cinnamon both in the baking process and in taste. I added about 2 tsp. of lemon zest and 3 tblsp. Of fresh lemon juice as well as the tsp. of lemon extract only because I really love all things lemon! The dough was light & fluffy. I suppose if you wanted a more dense cookie you could add a bit more flour but I don't think they need it. This recipe is going into my best loved lemon recipe. Thank you for these great icebox cookies!"

deeter18 User ID: 5291305 84582
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"We added chopped toasted pecans and everyone loved them! (Even the ones who don't like nuts.)"

gingerriss User ID: 4959883 22352
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"very honey like. its a nice cookie to make if your in the mood for a different type of cookie. I will make it again."

LulaHoops User ID: 5683438 74391
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"I was automatically intrigued when I saw that both lemon and honey flavors were in these cookies. I made them once......and now, just like the intro says, I always have a batch freshly made and another log in the freezer! These cookies are superb.....whenever or friends.....try these cookies, they nearly always eat at least two more! The dough is a little too soft for the cookies to slice as perfectly as the photo shows, but the taste of these cookies is well, well worth the trouble!!"

mistymd1 User ID: 1123908 22348
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2010

"I was looking for a recipe with ingredients which I had on hand. I wasn't too sure about the lemon extract and cinnamon together, but I decided to give them a try. These are soooo good! I like the lemon flavor and the cinnamon gives them just a hint of spice. My whole family loved them. I will definitely make these again."

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