Try these honey cookie recipes for Christmas and make the whole house smell like it!

Christmas without line, gingerbread or other sweets is not Christmas.

Are you going to bake more varieties this year?

Then don’t forget to try our recipes for honey cookies!

We have, for example, honey tubes, cones, but also honey-rum balls.

Enjoy it!

Neapolitan honey candy

Have you ever heard of a candy called struffoli? This is a Christmas dessert that you can find in almost every Italian household. You too will love this Christmas cookie. Honey balls are fried and resemble meringues covered in honey syrup. They are slightly different balls than the ones you know from our region.


  • 400 g plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 spoons of sugar
  • 25 g of butter
  • 1 glass of aniseed
  • zest of half a lemon
  • peel from half an orange
  • pinch of salt
  • lard or oil for frying

For decorating:

  • 400 g of honey
  • colorful confetti
  • cinnamon confetti
  • 100 g candied orange
  • 100 g candied lemon
  • 50 g of candied pumpkin


  1. Mix all the dough ingredients together and make a dough.
  2. Let the dough rest in a bowl covered with a tea towel for several hours.
  3. Take a piece of dough and roll it into a roll (as if you were making gnocchi).
  4. Then cut the rolling pin into equally large parts the size of hazelnuts and place the cookies on a well-floured cutting board dusted with flour.
  5. It is ideal to fry sweets in lard.
  6. So heat the lard in a pan.
  7. Before placing the balls in the pan, put them in a sieve and shake them to get rid of the excess flour.
  8. Fry the struffoli until golden and after frying, place them on a napkin to drain the excess grease from the balls.
  9. Heat the honey in a large saucepan over low heat.
  10. Then pour the honey mixture over the struffoli and mix them so that all the balls are covered in honey.
  11. Then add a third of the confetti and the candied fruit, which you cut into small pieces.
  12. Mix everything gently.
  13. Take a plate, put an empty glass in the center and stack struffoli around it.
  14. Then finally take the remaining confetti and candied fruit and decorate the struffoli with it.
Honey struffoli, decorated with colored balls.

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Rum balls with honey

If you don’t like the above recipe for Italian non-traditional balls, make classic rum balls with honey. You’re probably wondering when to make rum balls. It is ideal to start three weeks before Christmas so that the balls are well settled.


  • 2 and 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1 ground pecans
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 spoons of cocoa
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 3 spoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of water


  1. Mix wafers, pecans, sugar and cocoa.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the rum, honey and water, then add these wet ingredients to the wafers, pecans, sugar and cocoa.
  3. Make a firm dough, and then make smaller balls from it.
  4. Wrap the rum balls in sugar, coconut or cocoa.
  5. Let these honey Christmas cookies sit for at least three weeks to get the right flavor.
A box of honey balls with rum.

Honey wheels with chocolate coating

This cookie is so good, it will be one of the first to disappear from your plate. If you make it according to our recipe, you should get about 52 4cm rounds, so maybe make a double batch right away!


For the dough:

  • 200 g of powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 spoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 100 g of butter
  • 450 g plain flour

For the filling:

  • 400 ml of milk
  • 2 spoons of coarse flour
  • 4 packets of vanilla sugar
  • 200 g of butter
  • powdered sugar to taste
  • chocolate for dipping


  • Put all the ingredients for the dough in a bowl and use a mixer to make a uniform dough, which you let stand for a while on the line.
  • After a while, roll out the dough into a thinner sheet, from which cut out circles.
  • Place the wheels on a baking sheet lined with paper and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 7 minutes.
  • After baking, remove the circles from the paper and let them cool.
  • Mix coarse flour and 4 packets of vanilla sugar in the milk.
  • Cook a thick porridge and let it cool.
  • Beat the butter with the powdered sugar until foamy, gradually add the cooled mash and whip a smooth cream, which you transfer to a pastry bag and spray on the wheels.
  • Seal and leave to harden in the cold.
  • Once set, dip in chocolate frosting.
  • You can also wait for the chocolate to dry and then use a pastry bag with a small hole to make some interesting designs.
Honey wheels covered in chocolate glaze.

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Honey cookies from Linz

Linz cookies are undoubtedly the most popular Christmas cookies ever. You can prepare Linz according to many recipes . Do you want to enrich it with honey? Follow this recipe.


  • 2 slices room temperature butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder


  1. Cream the butter with the sugar in a bowl.
  2. Mix the vanilla extract, honey, egg and yolk into the sugar and butter.
  3. Mix the dough until all the ingredients are perfectly combined.
  4. In another bowl, prepare the flour, cornstarch, salt and baking powder.
  5. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and make a dough.
  6. Ideally put the dough in the fridge for a few days to set, but it is not necessary.
  7. Roll out a sheet from the dough and cut out circles, flowers or even stars from it.
  8. Place the honey Linz cookies on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  9. Preheat the oven to 180°C and bake the cookies for about 8 to 11 minutes.
  10. Allow the candy to cool, and then spread it with marmalade and stick it together as is customary in Linz.

TIP: It is usually recommended to dust the work surface with flour so that the dough does not stick to the work surface. Try powdered sugar instead of flour.

Linnaeus candy with honey in hand.

Walnut cookies with honey

Do you have Santa Claus for breakfast on Christmas Day? Try to change the tradition this year and have nut cookies with honey and oatmeal instead of Christmas. Delicious honey cookies are baked so quickly that you can make them even the night before Christmas Day.


  • 110 g of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 100 g of oatmeal
  • 110 g of sugar
  • 2 spoons of honey
  • 110 g plain flour
  • 55 g chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Line the tray with baking paper.
  3. Melt the butter and honey in a saucepan over low heat.
  4. Put the pot aside and add the baking soda.
  5. Mix the flour, oatmeal, walnuts and sugar in a bowl.
  6. Mix the dry ingredients together, then slowly stir them into the warmed honey.
  7. Leave the dough to cool.
  8. Then make 12 large mounds of dough on the baking sheet.
  9. Press them a little into the pancakes, but not too much, they will still spread during baking.
  10. Bake the cookies for 10 to 15 minutes.
Ready-made cookies with nuts drizzled with honey.

Honey gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread cookies are a part of almost every Christmas table. Prepare them according to our recipe this time and you won’t regret it! Shapes and decoration are entirely up to you, you can create as you like J


  • 5 and 1/2 cups plain flour plus extra for surface and parchment paper
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons of dried ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of honey
  • 1/2 cup cane molasses
  • royal icing
  • icing sugar


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and spices.
  • Beat the butter and granulated sugar with a mixer until pale and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the honey and molasses.
  • Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture until well combined.
  • Divide the dough into thirds and wrap each in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate until firm but still springy, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
  • Working with a third of the dough at a time, roll out the dough on floured baking paper to a thickness of about half a centimeter.
  • Clean off the excess flour, transfer the dough to the baking paper on a baking sheet and put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  • Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter, roll out the leftovers as needed.
  • Transfer the gingerbread cookies to parchment paper-lined baking sheets and refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
  • Bake until golden around the edges, about 15 minutes, turning once and tapping the baking sheet firmly halfway through baking to even out any bubbles in the gingerbread.
  • Let the gingerbread cookies cool completely on the baking sheet on a wire rack.
  • Put the glaze in a pastry bag with a small smooth round tip and decorate.
  • Immediately sprinkle the decorated gingerbread with icing sugar and tap off the excess sugar.
  • Allow to set completely, uncovered, at room temperature for at least 4 hours or (ideally) overnight.
Gingerbread cookies of various shapes.

We also have other recipes for soft gingerbread with honey in five variants. Ideal not only for Christmas!

Christmas cinnamon-almond stars with honey

Incredibly simple candy, which is also easy on raw materials. What else could you wish for? With our recipe, absolutely everyone can handle it!


  • 500 g of unpeeled almonds
  • 300 g of powdered sugar
  • whites of 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest

For the frosting:

  • white of 1 egg
  • 120 g of powdered sugar


  • Grind the almonds, add powdered sugar, egg whites, honey, cinnamon, lemon zest and make a dough.
  • Roll out the dough on a sugared board using aluminum foil and cut stars or other shapes out of it.
  • Place them on a tray lined with baking paper.
  • For the frosting, beat the egg whites with powdered sugar.
  • Decorate the stars with egg white glaze, put them in the oven and bake at a temperature of 130 ° C for about 10 minutes.
Honey stars with topping.

Honey cones and tubes

You can make different Christmas cookies from one and the same dough. Honey tubes and even honey cones. Then it is enough to fill the Christmas cookies. Honey cones and tubes can be filled, for example, with butter cream.


  • 200 g plain flour
  • 165 g of powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 50 g of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda


  1. Make a dough from all the ingredients and let it rest in the fridge for half an hour.
  2. Roll out a thin sheet from the dough and cut out circles with a diameter of 5 to 6 centimeters.
  3. Preheat the oven to 160°C and line a tray with baking paper.
  4. Then put only three rounds on the baking sheet and let them bake for a few minutes.
  5. Pull out the circles one by one and shape them either into cones, or wind them on the other end of a wooden spoon to form tubes.
  6. Dip one side of the cones and tubes in chocolate and let it harden.
  7. Then fill the tubes or cones with caramel, butter or any other cream.
  8. If you want to fill the cones and tubes with caramel cream, you need one can of sweetened condensed milk, which you boil in a pot for at least two hours.
  9. After the condensed milk has cooled, mix it with 300 g of butter.
  10. Your caramel cream is ready.
Sweet chocolate cones filled with caramel cream.

When to start baking Christmas cookies?

Christmas cookies (not only honey cookies) are usually baked in advance, but some types are better to bake at the last minute, i.e. a few days before the Christmas holidays.

There are also honey Christmas cookies that you can bake ahead of time, but you can only fill them just before Christmas Day. Examples include cones and tubes.

1st Advent weekend

First, make the gingerbread dough. The longer the gingerbread is aged, the better, tastier and softer it is.

Feel free to start with the recipes for vanilla rolls and other dry types of sweets, as well as for Linnaeus. However, leave the jam filling until the next weekend.

2nd Advent weekend

Bake what you didn’t have time for on the first weekend of Advent, i.e. still dry cookies. Try our recipes for Išelky or cookies pressed with a machine.

3rd Advent weekend

Christmas is knocking on the door, so it’s time to start the buttercreams and fill the cookies with them.

Then store the candy in a cool place so that the cream does not spoil. If you don’t have room in the fridge, take the boxes of Christmas cookies to the basement.

And how did you like our recipes? Write to us in the comments!

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