Old German Honey Cookies


I got this recipe for honey cookies from my grandmother who got it from her grandmother. She had to translate it and then figure out the measurements. The original recipe called for "enough flour to make a dough." Thankfully grandma knew what kind of dough.

close up view of Old German Honey Cookies in an aluminum foil baking dish
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 dozen


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup shortening

  • 1 cup honey

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Melt together sugar, shortening, and honey in a saucepan over low heat. Let cool.

  3. Mix together eggs, vanilla, baking soda, and ginger. Gradually add to cooled honey mixture. Slowly add flour to mixture. Stir until well blended.

  4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

233 Calories
9g Fat
36g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 233
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 59mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 37mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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