Honey Bee Cookies

Flipping through the pages of the Alpha-Bakery cookbook makes me smile. It’s the first cookbook I ever owned, given to me by my grandparents at the tender age of four. With uncanny prescience, my grandmother wrote, “We hope you have a lot of fun with this book as you grow up to become as good a cook as your mom!”

Over the next few months, through my mother’s careful teaching, I learned how to make turtle bread and zebra cookies, pocket pizza and kart-wheels. My favorite part of this cookbook is the handwritten date on each page, noting when Mom and I first attempted a recipe. Reimagining days I can’t remember, I wonder how it felt to bite into my first successful ice cream sandwich or slice of mud pie.

A few years ago I rediscovered this cookbook, as a college student seeking memories from home. I whipped up a batch of honey bee cookies, fifteen years after my first attempt. Sweet and buttery, flecked with cinnamon, they tasted exactly how I remembered. Like innocence. And warmth. And home.

Today, my geographic transience (four moves in two years!) makes me hold tightly to symbols of home, both old and new: my college graduation lantern, quilts made by family, a framed photo of a prayer left at the Western Wall. As Gabe and I set up yet another home– and wonder where we will end up next– I know this cookbook will stay with us, signifying the warmth of the past and our hopes for the future. With honey, butter, and love.


Honey Bee Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375° F. Beat butter, brown sugar, honey, and egg in a medium bowl on medium speed until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients. Drop the dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 7-9 minutes, until cookies are light brown around the edges with shiny tops. Let stand 3-5 minutes before removing from cookie sheets, and let cool on wire racks.

Makes 3 dozen.

Source: The Alpha-Bakery Children’s Cookbook

Nutrition facts (per cookie): 70 calories, 2.7 g fat, 11.9 g carbs, 0.2 g fiber, 0.8 g protein.


7 thoughts on “Honey Bee Cookies

  1. I have that book! I used to make those all the time…one time I forgot to put in flour and much to my dismay my cookies rolled into one big blob of gross in the middle of the cookie sheet. Ah, memories.

    • I didn’t know you had that cookbook too! I really want to remake some of the other recipes now as well. Also, these cookies are so soft already I can’t imagine what they’d look like without flour! Too funny!

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  3. I was looking for a recipe for a lightly sweet cookie that would go well with a cup of tea, and was this ever the ticket! I love how you can make out a touch of honey flavor, and they get nice and chewy. Thanks for this recipe!

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