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Honey Bun Cinnamon Cookies | The Mediterranean Dish. Extremely moist, buttery, cinnamon cookies topped with a delicious honey icing. Easy recipe with step-by-step tutorial. Perfect holiday cookies or every-day cookies! See it on

Honey Bun Cinnamon Cookies + Giveaway!

  • Author: The Mediterranean Dish
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 48 cookies or more 1x


Buttery,  honeyed, melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon cookies. Today's easy cinnamon cookie recipe is from my friend Irvin Lin's new book Marbled, Swirled, And Layered. I've included step-by-step photos below the recipe.



Cookie Dough

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Cinnamon Filling

  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg


  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted


  • Ground cinnamon for dusting


  1. Make the cookie dough. Combine the powdered sugar, butter, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. With a hand mixer, start mixing on low speed and slowly increase the speed to medium until the butter looks creamy and starts to cling to the sides of the bowl (about 2 minutes).
  2. Add the vanilla and beat on medium speed until incorporated. Add the egg and beat until Incorporated. Add the flour and mix on low speed, then slowly increase to medium speed until the flour is incorporated and a dough forms. The dough will be soft.
  3. Scrape the dough out onto a clean, floured surface and shape into a ball. Flatten into a circle and then square off the edges. Roll out the dough into 13 x 14-inch rectangle with a long side facing you (you will need to occasionally add more flour to the top and bottom of the dough so it doesn't stick)
  4. Make the cinnamon filling.In another bowl (or you can use the same bowl if you like), combine the butter, brown sugar, flour, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat together until the filling is uniform in color, fluffy, and light, about 2 minutes. Scrape the filling out onto the rolled-out dough and spread to cover the entire surface (you may need to use your fingers for this, as the filling will need to be spread thinly). Tightly roll up the dough starting from the bottom edge (you may need to use a little more flour here again so the dough does not stick). Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and freeze for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Remove the dough from the freezer and unwrap. Carefully slice 1/4-inch-thick cookie disks from the rolled log, slicing straight down (do not saw back and forth). Place on the baking sheets, spacing the cookies about 1 1/2 inches apart.
  7. Bake until the edges of the cookies start to turn golden brown (12 to 14 minutes). Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  8. Make the glaze. Combine the honey, milk, vanilla and 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a bowl and stir together. If the glaze looks too thin, add more powdered sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, until it has thickened to the right consistency. Brush the glaze onto the cooled cookies with a pastry brush. Once glaze has settled, you can dust the cookies lightly with more ground cinnamon (optional).


  • Cooking Tip: Make sure the butter for the cinnamon filling is truly at room temperature or even slightly warmer than that. It makes spreading the filling so much easier.
  • Cooking Tip: You can make and freeze this cookie dough for future baking. Once it's been frozen for an hour, place the log in a labeled zip-top plastic bag. Slice and bake cookies at your convenience. The dough should keep for up to 2 months in the freezer.
  • Recipe from Marbled, Swirled and Layered with permission from author Irvin Lin.
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  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Honey Bun Cookies, Cinnamon Cookies, Cookies, Light Dessert

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