Orange Honey Cookies Recipe

These cookies are soft and pillowy, with a mellow, earthy sweetness. If you can, use orange blossom honey.

Recipe Facts

Active: 25 mins
Total: 105 mins
Makes: 20 cookies

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  • 2 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey (orange blossom honey if possible)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, orange zest, baking powder, and salt.

  2. In a large bowl, beat together brown sugar, honey, and vegetable shortening until well combined. Beat in vanilla extract, then the egg. Beat in orange juice. Add dry ingredients to bowl and stir until well combined.

  3. Roll dough into a 3 inch wide log and cover with plastic wrap. Let dough chill in refrigerator for one hour.

  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  5. While it is still wrapped in plastic, lightly press down on top of log until it is oval in shape. Cut 3/4-inch cookies from dough, leaving them in their elongated oval shape. Place cookies on baking sheet and bake until golden, about 20 minutes.