This is a new family recipe – at least new to me. When I was going through my grandma’s recipes, I found this recipe for honey cookies, with a date of 1852 stamped on it.

The recipe was a bit strange and I didn’t have enough honey for a full recipe, so I had to adapt it. Here’s the original and my changes.


1 1/2 cups honey
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
2 teaspoon baking soda
5 cups flour

My version:

1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter
Small pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups flour

In a saucepan, heat honey, sugar, butter, salt, and spices. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Let cool.
Beat eggs, add to cooled honey mixture, with sour cream.
Sift baking soda and flour.
Add to honey mixture and stir.
Let stand in crock dish with cloth over it for one week or more in cool place. Put in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes so that dough hardens some.
Drop by floured teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 300 degrees for 14 minutes.

A few notes: Take the cookies out before they are brown – they’re great chewy! And the cookies aren’t very sweet, so I dusted some cinnamon sugar over the tops when I took the cookies out of the oven.

Now go get your own plate; these are mine!

3 Comments on Tschoepe Honey Cookies

  1. foodies at home
    January 18, 2011 at 11:56 PM (7 years ago)

    Sounds like they would be perfect with a cup of coffee or tea! Thanks for sharing, family recipes are such a blessing!

    • admin
      January 19, 2011 at 10:05 PM (7 years ago)

      They are WONDERFUL with coffee – although I think coffee goes with anything!

  2. Lauren
    August 25, 2011 at 11:27 PM (7 years ago)

    Honey cookies?! Who would have thought! These sound yummy!


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