German Spotlight: German Honey Cookies

The next stop on JNR’s journey around the world takes us north to Germany and the wonderful food this country is known for.

Germany cuisine has been influenced by neighboring regions as well as by changes in social and political parties over the centuries which results in variations from region to region.  Cakes and tarts are served throughout the country and cookies have become a popular accompaniment to afternoon tea.

Cookies began as luxury in the 18th century but were only affordable for the wealthiest in Germany due to the high price of sugar and other ingredients. Early German bakers wishing to make baked goods would substitute the honey instead of refined sugar in their cakes, pastries and cookies as it was Germany’s most readily available sweetener.

In the late 19th century a cheaper sugar derived from the beetroot become available and the working class was able to bake cookies for special occasions, especially Christmas, using sugar instead of honey.

Today, some German recipes still call for honey as a sweetener for its mild flavor and to add nutritional value.

Today we have a recipe for German Honey Cookies or Honig Plätzchen:

German Honey Cookies

Total Time:    30 min

Prep:     15 min

Cook:    15 min

Yield:    8 – 12 cookies

Level:    Easy


  • ¾ cup or brown sugar
  • 1 cup shortening (butter flavored if available)
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of ground ginger


Line a cookie sheet with baking paper or grease it with butter.

Melt together sugar, shortening and honey in a saucepan over low heat. Set aside and let cool.

Mix together eggs, vanilla, baking soda and ground ginger. Slowly mix into the cooled honey mixture. Gradually mix in the flour. Stir until blended.

Use a teaspoon to drop mixture into uniformed balls on the cookie sheet. Leave 2 inches between each drop of mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove and let cool before serving.

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By JNR Incorporated

Written by Stephanie Thomas


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