Honeycomb Sugar Cookies

Honeycomb cookies (click through for recipe) Honeycomb cookies (click through for recipe) A couple weeks ago Trey and I went on a quick trip to San Francisco for a family wedding. We also celebrated his birthday while we were in town. Somehow I still managed to con Trey into going to Sur La Table during the trip. We don’t have one in our hometown, so this is a big treat for me. As you can probably guess, I’m a kitchen gadget fanatic. 

Honeycomb cookies (click through for recipe) One item I picked up while I was there was a set of hexagon cookie cutters. So of course, I had to create some kind of honeycomb cookie recipe. Duh! I landed on these brown sugar cookies with royal icing. The cookies are not overly sweet, so they can be paired with this melt-in-your-mouth royal icing. These are super fun to make too. Bonus!

Best sugar cookie recipeBrown Sugar Cookies, makes about two dozen standard size cookies.

1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Cream together the butter and sugars. I sometimes do this by hand. It makes it super quick. Blend together for a full minute or two until you can feel the sugars begin to break down into the mixture. If you’re stirring with a spoon or mixer, you’ll know when this is happening because the mixture will begin to lighten in color. 

Next stir in the egg and vanilla extract until just combined. Then stir in the flour, salt, and baking powder until a crumbly dough ball forms. 

Best sugar cookie recipe Press the dough together so it forms a cohesive ball. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.

Emma baking honeycomb cookiesOnce the dough is chilled, roll out on a lightly floured surface. You want the dough to be 1/4″ thick or slightly less. Cut out your cookie shapes and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

How to make sugar cookiesBake at 400°F for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Let these fully cool before adding any frosting. If you add frosting while the cookies are still hot, you run the risk of melting your frosting, ruining the look of your cookies. 

Working with royal icingLine the cookies with buttercream frosting. I used this simple buttercream frosting recipe and tinted the frosting to match my royal icing. Lining the cookies with a firmer frosting gives the royal icing a border to stay within. 

Emma Chapman in the kitchenHow to make royal icingRoyal Frosting
Recipe adapted from The Martha Stewart Cookbook

6 teaspoons meringue powder
6 tablespoons water
3 cups powdered sugar
small squeeze of lemon juice
food coloring

Begin by whisking together the meringue powder and water. I used Wilton’s meringue powder, but any brand will do. Squeeze just a little lemon juice (this helps cut the sweetness of this frosting). Sift the powdered sugar before adding for a super smooth frosting. Whisk to combine. I divided the frosting into three different containers and added food coloring to match my butter cream frosting outlines.

It’s best to use a squeeze bottle when pouring royal frosting. But, I haven’t bought any for the ABM kitchen yet. Oops. So I drizzled the frosting on using a spoon. This worked just as well; it just took a little bit longer. Be careful not to overfill the cookies or the frosting will spill over the buttercream boundary you created.

Honeycomb cookies (click through for recipe)These are so fun, pretty, and super addictive to eat. Make these for your next party. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Honeycomb Sugar Cookies

Servings 24

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Royal Frosting:

  • 6 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • small squeeze of lemon juice
  • food coloring

Instructions

  1. Cream together the butter and sugars. I sometimes do this by hand. It makes it super quick. Blend together for a full minute or two until you can feel the sugars begin to break down into the mixture. If you're stirring with a spoon or mixer, you'll know when this is happening because the mixture will begin to lighten in color.
  2. Next stir in the egg and vanilla extract until just combined. Then stir in the flour, salt, and baking powder until a crumbly dough ball forms.
  3. Press the dough together so it forms a cohesive ball. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.
  4. Once the dough is chilled, roll out on a lightly floured surface. You want the dough to be 1/4" thick or slightly less. Cut out your cookie shapes and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Let these fully cool before adding any frosting. If you add frosting while the cookies are still hot, you run the risk of melting your frosting, ruining the look of your cookies.
  6. Line the cookies with buttercream frosting. I used this simple buttercream frosting recipe and tinted the frosting to match my royal icing. Lining the cookies with a firmer frosting gives the royal icing a border to stay within.
  7. For the frosting begin by whisking together the meringue powder and water. I used Wilton's meringue powder, but any brand will do. Squeeze just a little lemon juice (this helps cut the sweetness of this frosting). Sift the powdered sugar before adding for a super smooth frosting. Whisk to combine. I divided the frosting into three different containers and added food coloring to match my butter cream frosting outlines.
  8. It's best to use a squeeze bottle when pouring royal frosting. But, I haven't bought any for the ABM kitchen yet. Oops. So I drizzled the frosting on using a spoon. This worked just as well; it just took a little bit longer. Be careful not to overfill the cookies or the frosting will spill over the buttercream boundary you created.

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Lila from the Fresh Collection. 

  • This looks so good! I’ve never like the taste of sugar cookies but enjoy the texture so this is a perfect alternative.

  • I swear everytime I come onto this site I am so over stimulated with all the beauty things you do and feature. I really want to try these honeycomb sugar cookies they look so good.

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  • These look so damn good! I’m in such a need of a biscuit right now and I love honey!

  • This is the coolest thing ever. What an awesome idea! They’re SO cool! My husband will love these. He’s obsessed with bees.

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  • Cool little recipe i might try!

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  • These sound great. Our family loves honey and goes through at least a gallon a year. The only thing I thought was funny was the way you used your cookie cutter. The shapes should fit together so that there would be no dough scraps. But I suppose that would not create as nice of a picture.

  • These look super cute and now I am HUNGRY 😉

    Sophie
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    xxx

  • Now I want a hexagonal cookie cutter. Off to Sur la Table I guess 😉

  • These look so delicious, I love sugar cookies.

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  • Oh my gosh! How perfect! We’re planning my sister’s shower for next month and I had told her “instead of doing a candy-filled pinata, maybe we can do little packages of cookies instead!” and then BAM! You read my mind, as usual, Emma! Perfect idea for her bee-themed shower!! I can’t wait to make these.

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • They look so pretty and somehow so you!! They remind me of your wedding… I don’t know why!
    xx,
    E.
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  • Such a great idea – It looks fantastic ♥

    xo Maria

  • NEED.TO.BUY.HEXAGON.CUTTERS.ASAP!!!!!!! These cookies are the CUTEST thing EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wow! This is awesome, especially for this time of the year :o)

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  • These are so cute – and so satisfying that they tessellate as well 🙂 I’m going to have to make some of these for my bee-obsessed boyfriend who’s signed us up to two beekeeping courses this summer!

  • These look incredible! I love how simple and delicate they look. I’m definitely going to try these out for myself.

  • I can honestly say that I’ve never heard of anything like these. So original!! And they look amazing.

  • How fun! I was expecting the honey to be drizzled on them at the end. I like the way they’ll fit together for storing too, like someone else already mentioned.

  • These look so good and really cute too! I love the serious baker’s face you got there Emma!

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  • These are so cute! And I have never thought of creaming the butter and sugar with your hand. Definitely will have to try that!

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  • Looks delicious and actually fun to make!

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  • No honey in the recipe? They still sound yummy. I wonder how honeycomb butter would bake in cookies. As the sugar sub. Cute idea.

  • They look so cute and seem so yummy! Really have to bake more often!

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  • Super super cute! Now I need a new cookie cutter! I like to go to the Sur La Table in the Ferry Building 🙂

  • These would be so cute for a baby or bridal shower! So creative!

    xxKristina
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  • I love your ideas.. That looks sooo yummy.
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  • I love how simple this recipe is! And the cookies look adorable 🙂

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  • best idea ever for a bumble bee/honey themed party!! so cute!

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  • Oh these are so pretty and look delicious!

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  • i’m so going to have to find myself a hexagon cookie cutter shape now.

  • I think i’m more excited about the icing than the actual cookie. mmm.

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  • The cookies are just shaped (and colored) like honeycomb. That’s where the name comes from. You’re correct, there isn’t actually any honey in the recipe. 🙂

    -Emma

  • These both look amazing and sound delicious! Awesome recipe!

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  • Ok, maybe I missed it, but is there any honey used with the cookies? Or is that just for decoration? Or dipping?

  • Ouoou, biscuits, honey and walnuts is my favorite combination. the ecipe went to the to-do list 🙂 Thanks Emma! 🙂

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  • Honestly, too pretty to eat! 🙂 So so so lovely! x

  • These are adorable….I will have to make…thanks for the recipe..

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  • Love this! Such a sweet and simple design! So cute!

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  • Me too, really. As you can see, my piping skills are not perfect. But they taste amazing either way. 🙂

    -Emma

  • that would be amazing! I am not much of a fondant whiz, my sculpting skills leave much to be desired. 🙂

    -Emma

  • They look fab! I have never realised you should do then outline first with icing! Doh learn something new everyday?
    Lauren
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  • mmm I’m definitely making these. Isn’t Sur La Table the best? I usually have to stop myself from going in there because it’s hard to leave empty handed. Thank you for the great recipe!

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    you are so creative and have such a lovely team.

    great wishes
    nele&elin

  • What a creative idea! These look fantastic Emma & great photos Sarah 🙂

  • So cute! I am so into all the hexagons popping up everywhere. 🙂

  • These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them for summer bbqs!

    -Ashley
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  • So cute! Love that cookie cutter. I always have issues with making my royal icing look nice though. 🙁

  • Well this is completely adorable! Look delicious, too. Love the idea of fun cookie cutters like that.

  • So simple and elegant. The way they all fit together must be great for storing too (that is, assuming they last long enough)!

  • yummy..and i have all ingredients for the cookie in my kitchen right now..tempting! Maybe i will get creative with the frosting.. 🙂

    xo, Hems
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  • so cute! and i bet they taste amazing!

    xxoo,
    nikki

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  • These look absolutely delicious! Apart from adorable, of course. Will definitely have to give these a try!

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  • So sweet and perfect. Love the modern shape. This would be perfect for a baby shower that isn’t overly themed or anything!

  • I’m sure I would love this coookies as I like honey so much, but unfortunately I’m not so skilled in baking …

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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  • yes yes yes! these look like they are to die for! i am in love with the bees and all they do and these are adorable! itd be neat to make some little fondant or gum paste bees to put on some of them if they were for a party. love you ladies!

  • Oh my gosh, how cute are these! Definitely have to try this recipe ASAP.

  • As the daughter of a beekeeper, I have to try these! : ). So cool!

    Jenni

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