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Brown Sugar Honey Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Crisp, buttery and super delicious, these Brown Sugar Honey Shortbread Cookies come together quickly with just one bowl and no mixer required!

Course: Cookies, Dessert/Cookies
Cuisine: American, Irish, Scottish
Keyword: Brown Sugar Honey Shortbread Cookies
Servings: 36
Calories: 140 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 1 ½ cups butter very solt
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cornstarch
  • sparkling sugar turbinado sugar or regular granulated sugar, for sprinkling
  1. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper, for easy clean up, and set aside.

  2. Stir softened butter until smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar and honey and stir well.

  3. Sprinkle the salt and baking powder over the top and stir to combine. Add the flour and cornstarch. Stir until flour is incorporated. The dough will be shaggy.

  4. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and press dough in a ball. Knead a few times until fairly smooth then form into a ball again and press with your hands into a flat disk.

  5. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to a ¼ -inch thickness. Keep work surface, dough and rolling pin lightly (not too much) dusted with flour. Cut desired shapes and place on prepared pans. Re-roll scraps as many times as needed to use up the dough.

  6. Place cutouts in the refrigerator for at least one hour or up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350˚F.

  7. Remove cookies from the refrigerator. Sprinkle with coarse or regular sugar.

  8. Bake for 9-12 minutes or until golden brown all over. Baking time will depend on the thickness of your cookies. Thicker than ¼-inch will take longer time. Rotate pans halfway through for even browning. Cool completely on a wire cooling rack before serving.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips.

This makes a LARGE batch of cookies. The recipe can be cut in half, but these cookies freeze well and make great gifts, so it’s nice to have extras.

This recipe makes 3 dozen 2½-inch cookies. Yield will depend on the size of your cookie cutter.

Recipe adapted from CW.

Nutrition Facts
Brown Sugar Honey Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 102mg4%
Potassium 24mg1%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 236IU5%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.