Honey Spice Cookies

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These gluten free honey spice cookies are perfect for the holidays. Made with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and honey to sweeten, they’re soft and delicious! This recipe and post is from The Dizzy Baker’s Jennifer Bragdon. 

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Honey Spice Cookies

I’ve made these cookies so many times.  When I first got sick and gave up all processed foods these were a weekly regular along with my snickerdoodles because processed foods or not, a girl’s still got to have cookies in her life! They are both super quick to bake up, have Heal Your Headache safe ingredients and can be made gluten free as well.  The recipe is from an old (My copy is from 1964) but, awesome book simply called The Spice Cookbook that I found on eBay when I was looking to do more cooking with fresh herbs and spices. I altered it just a bit to fit our needs.

spiced honey cookie ingredients

honey being poured into cookie batter         

Tips for Softening the Butter

I first mix all of the dry ingredients and then add the wet ingredients. Then I bring my butter to room temperature and then (right in the package) put in in the microwave for about 10 seconds to make it nice and soft.

Typically I don’t recommend warming butter, but the original recipe calls for melted butter and I find super soft butter an easier way to go because it keeps the dough from getting too warm so you don’t have to take the time to chill it before baking. Just gently unwrap your sticks over your baking bowl so it falls right into the bowl. Just make sure you don’t do this if yours are wrapped in foil, like Kerrygold packaging!

Before you throw away your butter wrapper run it along the inside of your measuring cup. This will keep the honey from sticking to it later when you’re ready.

mixing dough for spiced honey cookies spiced honey cookies batter next to a baking sheet with cookie dough balls

When Your Cookies Don’t Turn Out the Way You Want Them To…

For some reason when I made them this time they look MUCH different than they normally do.  I’m not exactly sure what I did different, maybe I got distracted and missed a cup of flour or used too much rice flour and not enough oat. I’m not going to lie I was pretty frustrated about it because this time I made them for the blog!

How is it that I’ve made them a million times they turn out exactly the same but the one time I bake them for the blog, when they HAVE to look pretty, they turn out different?  Law of averages?  Here’s how they usually turn out…like little, firm, fat, puffy, cookie pillow deliciousness. But, this time they spread and look like well…a typical cookie. 

The Gifts of Imperfection

I was about ready to scrap the whole batch and start over but this recipe makes a big batch! I love it because these cookies taste better as they age, freeze perfectly, and can be pulled out as needed. But it’s heartbreaking to throw out a big batch and start again! Not only that but I would have had to run back out to the store for more butter and honey. Once they cooled, Tom (my guy) and I tried them. While these cookies look different, they smell amazing and they taste perfect! It was then that I decided to give myself a break and just go with it.

This whole experience reminded me of the book The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. One of my favorite quotes from the book is “It is in the process of embracing our imperfections that we find our truest gifts.” I think it’s an important lesson for everyone but especially for those living with chronic illness.  Letting go of perfectionism and just accepting what is really is a gift. I mean…it gave me the gift of not having to run back out to the grocery store.  What’s better than that?

honey cookies on a white plate with a pumpkin and an oven mit

Soft Honey Spice Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

These gluten free honey spice cookies are perfect for the holidays. Made with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and honey to sweeten, they're soft and delicious!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten Free Cookies, Honey Spice Cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 148 kcal
Author: The Dizzy Cook
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, extra soft (see directions)
  • cups honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar (white sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. If you have silicone baking mats, line two baking sheets
    with them. Otherwise line each baking sheet with parchment paper. 

  2. In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt,
    cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Stir gently with a fork or whisk. In the same large mixing bowl then add butter, egg and honey. Mix using an electric mixer until combined.  Do not overmix.

    mixing dough for spiced honey cookies
  3. Scoop dough using a tablespoon or 1 1/2 Tbsp. cookie scoop (filling it just
    slightly heaping). Drop onto prepared baking sheet spacing cookies about
    2-inches apart. If you want your cookies completely smooth you can roll
    them into balls. Bake one sheet at a time at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool
    on baking rack.

    spiced honey cookies batter next to a baking sheet with cookie dough balls
  4. Store in an airtight container. Note all spiced cookies taste their best a day or two
    after baking.

    spiced honey cookies on a cooling rack
Recipe Notes
  • Yields 3-4 dozen depending on the size of your dough balls.
Nutrition Facts
Soft Honey Spice Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 132mg6%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 164IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Hi, I’m Jennifer. I was diagnosed with Vestibular Migraine in 2016 and my neurotologist added a Ménière’s Disease mild diagnosis in 2018. I went from being housebound for months to working full time and living an active full life by following the Migraine Strong treatment pie. Preventative meds, the Heal Your Headache Diet and supplements do a lot of the heavy lifting in relieving my symptoms. Catch my recipes each month under "The Dizzy Baker".


  1. Allison Dacey

    is there supposed to be vanilla?


    1. Alicia

      I checked with Jenn and she says no vanilla!


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