Citrus-Kissed Honey Buttons

Citrus-Kissed Honey Buttons

12 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010

These citrus-flavored sugar cookies are a lovely addition to any holiday cookie platter.

Ingredients 36 servings

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  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (see Tip)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract


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  1. Whisk flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Beat sugar and butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, honey, lemon zest, orange zest and lemon extract, and beat until blended. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating on low speed just until combined. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
  4. Roll the dough into 36 balls (about 2 level teaspoons each) with your hands. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake, one batch at a time, until puffed and beginning to crack, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the dough for up to 1 day. Store cookies airtight for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Equipment: Parchment paper or nonstick baking mats
  • Tip: To soften butter, let stand at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes. Or cut into small pieces and let stand for about 15 minutes. (Do not soften in a microwave—the uneven heat may melt the butter in spots.)

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cookie
  • Per serving: 60 calories; 1 g fat(1 g sat); 0 g fiber; 11 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 18 mcg folate; 9 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 6 g added sugars; 48 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 3 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 36 mg sodium; 17 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate

Reviews 12

March 11, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Vegan Alternative I have friends who are vegan, and so trying to find something to bring to their house for dinner is almost impossible for me. I made this recipe with a non-dairy margarine and half a banana instead of the egg, and they were super delicious! I had to hide them from my husband to keep him from eating them all before we got to the party.
November 28, 2012
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By: mowglivt
A favorite From the first time I made these (and now there have been many), these have been favorites - for their ease of preparation to their delicious, light lemon taste. My daughters now make them with THEIR children!! Pros: easy and delicious Cons: none
October 26, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Amazing and chewy.. exactly what I expected. I can't stress how chewy they were... the outside was crispy and the inside was sooo moist... the honey added such a great flavor to the cookie. I added one tbsp dark cocoa and replaced half of the white sugar for black sugar and the result was amazing. Besides, they were incredibly easy to make, no rolling dough and cutting required. New favorite cookie recipe!
February 08, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Not totally what I expected but DELICIOUS! I'm not much of a baker, but these were pretty easy and delicious. I had wanted to use our new cookie press, but the dough was much too dry and crumbly. If you squished it together with your hands, you could make the balls as indicated. I squished them down a bit as others did. I was surprised they were so chewy since the dough was so dry. Mine didn't look at all like the picture- they were really light. Even the second batch, which I left in the oven longer (which still didn't get very crispy on the outside and were still almost white). I don't mind since I love soft/chewy cookies. I am wondering if anyone has tried this with whole wheat dough? I'd like to do that next time. Also, I am thinking that if I could get it all into a ball and roll it out into a thick slab maybe we could use cookie cutters since the press was impossible. I bake with (and for) my toddler girls. :) Pros: lower fat, really tasty, soft, chewy Cons: crumbly, dry dough
December 18, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Amazing Holiday Cookie!! I absolutely love this cookies! It's a great recipe for the holiday (I added 3 tblspns of white chocolate) and for the summer because of the citrus. Will make again!
December 23, 2010
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By: rriley
Wonderful cookie! These where a hit with everyone who tried them! I did have to pat them down also and I put colored sugar on them for Christmas. I substituted 1 1/2 tsp baking powder for the baking soda and cream of tartar. They turned out crispy on the outside and soft & chewing on the inside. Yum! Pros: Great flavor and nice change of pace from all the chocolate and mint during the holidays
December 20, 2010
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By: vegas_free
Good but needed to smush Cookies tasted great, first sheet the balls didn't flatten or spread out. I slightly flattened the second sheet before baking and they came out great, had to cook the full 8 min. Pros: Very tasty Cons: balls didn't spread out
December 11, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Easy and delicious! I brought these cookies to an early Xmas dinner party. Everyone loved them, people told me I should sell them! At 7 minutes the tops just started to crack, removed them and they were perfect. Very soft and the honey/citrus flavor was incredible. I'm can't wait to make them again!
November 29, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Great cookies! Really easy. Delicious buttery flavor, even though there are only 4 TBS butter. Definitely a step up from your regular sugar cookie.
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