Honey Cinnamon Shortbread

I hope everyone had a magical Halloween.  I know we did.  Remember the marble endeavor I posted about last week?  Well, by some miracle it all turned out as it should and worked perfectly.   There were a few people who mistook Alex’s costume for a globe until the concept was explained in a bit more detail, but aside from a little circular confusion, Mr. Marble was a rainbow rollin’ success.

After a wild and wooly night of candy, costumes, and craziness I can tell you without out a doubt, the first thing on my mind the next time I have a silent moment to myself is a cup of tea and a simple yet tasty cookie to go along side it.  I concocted these sweet bites in anticipation of just such a moment and as I sit on my computer typing, sipping and munching, I know it was definitely worth the effort.

I love making shortbread because it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, they hold their shape fairly well through the baking process making them a great candidate for creative cutouts, and they taste chewy and absolutely wonderful.  This recipe uses honey and cinnamon to celebrate the flavors of autumn, but you could add practically anything to the basic batter and create your own unique shortbread twist.

Start out with a basic creaming of the sugar and butter.  Add in a pour of vanilla, a few hearty drizzles of honey and a pinch or two of cinnamon.

Now you’ll drop in a little flour and combine it together to form up a dough.

Refrigerate the dough until chilled.   Bring it back out, roll it flat on a floured surface and cut out your desired shapes.  I used my ravioli cutter to give them a nice scalloped edge.

Place the cookies on a greased up baking sheet and allow them to tasty up in the oven for a short stint.

Time to heat up a mug of your favorite tea, grab a plate of  still warm shortbread cookies along with a good read and retreat to your favorite nook for a well deserved stint of relaxation and palate pleasing enjoyment.

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Honey Cinnamon Shortbread

Yield: About 24 2" Square Cookies

Total Time: 1 hour 15 min


1 Stick Butter
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1/3 Cup Honey
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
1 3/4 Cup Flour


Cream together the butter and the sugar.

Add in the vanilla, honey, and cinnamon.

In a separate bowl combine the salt and the flour.

Add to the wet mixture and combine.

Place the dough into the fridge to chill for at least one half hour.

Bring back out, tear off a generous hunk and roll out on a well floured surface to about 1/2" thick.

Cut out desired shapes and place them on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 minutes.

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20 Responses to “Honey Cinnamon Shortbread”

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    Melissa (My McDonald Meal) — November 1, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    Ah- a silence, a cup of tea and a cookie!! Sounds delightful. I really like the honey cinnamon combo in this recipe.
    Cute costumes too. :)

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    anne — November 2, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    aww, your boys are adorable, I miss those days of my boy’s youth!

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    Rita — November 2, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    How I rmember Halloween with the boys; so much fun! I bought myslelf one of those cutter; had no idea they were for ravioli which I have never made, but perfect for cookies; thanks Julie.

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    Sophie — November 2, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    MMMMMMMMMM,…your special shortbread with cinnamon looks so tasty & lovely too! I can’t wait to try it out! 😉

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    Jenna — November 2, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    Ah–a plate of warm cookies and a good read. How well you know EXACTLY what my perfect afternoon entails. =)

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    Mari — November 2, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    Very handsome boys! They are lovely!

    I like how this honey cinnamon short bread looks, I sure it tastes delicious :)

    Have a wonderful afternoon.

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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — November 2, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    just pinned this — looks like a real winner to me!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — November 2, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    these look so good!! Hope you’re well

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    zeemaid — November 2, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

    I had no idea shortbread was so easy. I have a shortbread pan that someone gave me. It’s really neat, kind of like unglazed pottery. I have not used it once. I’m thinking my kids and hubby would be very happy if I broke this out and this looks like the perfect recipe. Thanks.

    BTW… a teeny weenie idea cause not that your blog isn’t already perfect. …. is there any way to make your recipe print out include the photo. Sometimes its the photo alone that inspires me to try something out like your chicken curry soup.

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    Sanjeeta kk — November 3, 2011 @ 12:41 am

    Simplicity at its best..yummy and delightful treats! Love the delicate feel of thee shortbread. Hope you are having wonderful time, Julie. Hugs.

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    Connie — November 3, 2011 @ 12:44 am

    My son loves shortbread and I never thought about making it. Silly me! I love the cutter, too.


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    Beth — November 3, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    Your cookies look like such a sweet variation on shortbread. And I’m so glad you showed us the Halloween costumes. I think the marble is amazing!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — November 3, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    Julie, hugs to you. There is nothing, NOTHING, I love more than good shortbread cookies. Your boys are too cute!

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    Ameena — November 3, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

    I’m so excited to see the marble! It turned out super cute and kudos to him for thinking outside the box.

    I’m glad you’ll never eat in my kitchen because if you can churn out such perfect biscuits I assure you that nothing I can make will ever, ever compare. Beautiful! They look delicious too.

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    Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 — November 11, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    Love the kids’ costumes, especially Mr. Marble! Wonderful!

    Mmmm…your honey-cinnamon shortbread sounds divine!


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    Denise @ TLT — November 16, 2011 @ 7:39 am

    Lovely customes! They all are so cute:)
    Honey and cinnamon is a great combination; that smell is just perfect for this season. Using those ingredients in a shortbread recipe sounds like a delicious idea!

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    Stephanie Deal — December 25, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    Oh my giddy Aunt….. found these through StumbleUpon and just had to try them. OH MY…. fabulous and oh so easy…. my first batch looked a little ragged, but the second batch was just perfect and looked almost exactly like yours. Also, the taste is just yummy….very light but you can taste the sweetness of the honey!! THX for sharing…..

    • Julie replied: — December 27th, 2011 @ 11:18 am

      So glad you enjoyed them! We find them to be a perfect afternoon treat.

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    Lala — September 9, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    Love this simple recipe Julie! My gram to to make,a similar recipe for tea cookies. I’ll have to whip up a batch to impress here:-). Thanks for sharing.

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