Frosted Honey Graham Cookies

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Frosted Honey Graham Cookies start with a soft, chewy, and sweet graham cracker-filled cookie base. They’re loaded with cream cheese frosting, crushed graham crackers, and a drizzle of honey.

 

View of several Frosted Honey Graham Cookies stacked up, with a bite taken from the top one.

Frosted Honey Graham Cookies

These soft, chewy, sweet cookies are inspired by a favorite treat of ours at a local bakery. They serve a seasonal cookie — warm graham cracker cookies topped with frosting, a honey drizzle, and graham cracker crumbs. Since they’re not always available at the store, the boys and I decided to re-create our own version at home.

And you know what they say — homemade is always best! We couldn’t be happier with our re-creation. Frosted Honey Graham Cookies are definitely a new family favorite.

Process shots: combine butter and sugars; mix until smooth; add egg, yolk and vanilla; mix again until smooth. Graham Crackers

For the cookie base, there are actual graham crackers mixed into the dough. This creates a strong graham presence and flavor and contributes to the softness and sweetness of the cookies.

A couple of tips:

  • Thoroughly crush the graham crackers. While you can crush the graham crackers in a bag with a rolling pin, I highly recommend a high-powered blender or food processor. It’s important to have fine crumbs throughout the entire cup of graham crackers. If you have larger un-crushed chunks it will mess up the texture of the cookies.
  • Measuring. Once the crackers are thoroughly crushed, we can get the exact measurement. Spoon the crushed crumbs into a measuring cup making sure to fill the cup to the very top and level off the top with the back of a table knife. While the crumbs don’t necessarily need to be packed into the measuring cup, be sure to completely fill the cup to get the right measurement.

Egg yolk

These cookies call for one large egg and one egg yolk. The additional egg yolk contributes to richer flavor and softer texture. You can save the egg white and add it to breakfast the next morning (we love this egg skillet) or use it in our favorite egg wrap

Process shot: process graham crackers into fine crumbs; add to dry ingredients and combine; add dry to wet ingredients; mix to combine.

Frosted Honey Graham Cookie Tips

Image of cookie dough rolled into tall cylinders; image of the baked cookie.

Frosted Honey Graham Cookies Tips, continued

Image showing how to push in the edges of the just-baked cookies. This creates crispy edges!

Cream Cheese Frosting

We tried these Frosted Honey Graham Cookies with both honey-butter frosting and buttercream frosting first. Unfortunately, the cookies were way too sweet (and that is coming from a sweets lover!).

After that, we turned to our trusty cream cheese frosting recipe which ended up being a really nice complement to the sweet cookie base.

Here are a few cream cheese frosting tips:

  • Set out the butter and cream cheese about an hour before baking to get them to room temperature. If these ingredients aren’t at room temperature, they won’t combine smoothly, and there will be unpleasant cream cheese chunks in the frosting. Here are some tips for how to bring the cream cheese and butter to room temperature quickly.
  • Don’t forget the flavor enhancers. Salt and vanilla add so much to the frosting. The salt helps to intensify flavors and balance the sweetness; the vanilla gives an overall improved flavor to the frosting.
  • Slowly add in the powdered sugar. Add more or less powdered sugar, according to personal taste preferences. More sugar will make the frosting sweeter and firmer, and less sugar will leave the frosting tangier and softer.
  • Frosting the cookies. Wait for the cookies to fully cool and firm up before frosting them. While you can apply frosting with a table knife, these cookies are so soft that they hold up better when you pipe on the frosting instead.

QUICK TIP

To frost these cookies, fill a plastic bag with frosting; squeeze it down to one corner, and cut off the very tip. Then, holding the cookie in one hand and the frosting bag in the other, swirl the frosting from the inside of the cookie outward.

Process shots: Make the cream cheese frosting by creaming together the room-temperature butter and cream cheese; add salt, vanilla and powdered sugar; mix until smooth and creamy.

Frosted Honey Graham Cookie Toppings

  • Additional graham cracker crumbs: There will probably be some leftover crumbs from crushing graham crackers for the cookie base — and this is where you can use them! If not, break up a few crackers directly over the cookies. It’s not too important the size of the crumbs here; a variety in crumb size is nice!
  • Broken graham cracker pieces: For a bakery-style cookie appearance, I like adding a larger piece of graham cracker into the center of the cookie. This is totally optional, but it adds a nice visual touch.
  • A drizzle of honey: Here’s where the “honey” element comes in with these cookies! Right before serving, warm up some honey and drizzle on the cookies. Be careful though: a little goes a long way and can easily overpower the cookies!

View of Frosted Honey Graham Cookies with frosting, garnished with crumbs and a big graham cracker piece.

Frosted Honey Graham Cookies Storage

Because of the cream cheese frosting, these cookies don’t store or freeze well once they’re frosted. If you’re going to have extra cookies that won’t be enjoyed the same day, I recommend storing the frosting and cookies separately and frosting right before serving. The frosting needs to be stored in an airtight container in the fridge, while the cookies do best when stored at room temperature. Allow the frosting to soften/come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before frosting the cookies; it’s very stiff right out of the fridge.

View of several Frosten Honey Graham Cookies, one of them with a bite take out of it.

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Honey Graham Frosted Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Frosted Honey Graham Cookies start with a soft, chewy, and sweet graham cracker filled cookie base. They're loaded with cream cheese frosting, crushed graham crackers, and a drizzle of honey.
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Honey Graham Frosted Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Frosted Honey Graham Cookies start with a soft, chewy, and sweet graham cracker filled cookie base. They're loaded with cream cheese frosting, crushed graham crackers, and a drizzle of honey.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Honey Graham Frosted Cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 16 cookies
Calories 483kcal
Cost $5.12

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 12 tablespoons (3/4 cup; 170g) unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup (100g) white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (120g) light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 large egg YOLK (discard or save the white)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 3/4 cups (230g) white all-purpose flour measured correctly (See Note 1)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup (113g) graham cracker crumbs (lightly packed), (about 9 full sheets)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces (115g) cream cheese (the block cream cheese, not spreadable), softened, not melted
  • 4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter softened, not melted
  • 2 cups (238g) powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • BUTTER AND SUGARS: Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. Set aside and let cool to room temperature, about 5 minutes. (If the butter is hot when it is added to the sugars, it will melt the sugars and cause greasy cookies.) Once the butter has cooled, pour it into a large bowl. Add in the brown and white sugar. Stir well until completely incorporated and smooth.
  • EGGS AND VANILLA: Add in 1 full egg and then 1 egg yolk (discard the white or save for another recipe). Add in the vanilla and stir until smooth.
  • DRY INGREDIENTS: In another bowl, toss together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add whole graham crackers to a blender or food processor and crush until you have 1 cup of very fine crumbs (gently pack in the measuring cup). Add the graham cracker crumbs to the dry ingredients. Stir everything to combine.
  • COMBINE: Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until just combined avoiding over-mixing.
  • ROLL COOKIE DOUGH BALLS: Using a tablespoon measuring spoon, get 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie (45g if you have a food scale per cookie). Roll the cookie dough balls large and tall (rather than round). Place on a parchment paper-lined plate, cover tightly and chill for 1 hour and up to 4 hours.
  • BAKE: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (162 degrees C) and line a pan with parchment paper or a Silpat liner. Space 6 cookies per cookie sheet (because they spread a lot). Bake for 10-14 minutes or until slightly browned at the edges. Remove from the oven and immediately use the back of a spoon to press the edges of each cookie into the center. (See video or photos.) Work quickly-- the cookies firm up quickly. This will give each cookie a great crispy edge. Let stand on the tray for 4 more minutes then use a spatula to remove the cookie from the sheet pan to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before frosting.
  • FROSTING: Meanwhile, make the frosting. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or a large bowl and a hand mixer), beat the softened (not melted) cream cheese and butter until creamy for about 2 minutes at medium-high speed. Add the powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla. Beat until the frosting is soft and creamy. Avoid overbeating the mixture or you'll get whipped frosting. (If the frosting does happen to be too wet, add a bit more powdered sugar and if it is too dry, add a touch of milk or cream.)
  • FROST AND DECORATE: Transfer the frosting to a plastic bag and cut off the tip of the bag. Pipe in a swirl around each completely cooled cookie. If desired, crush a bit of graham cracker on top of the cookie and garnish the center of each cookie with a piece of graham cracker. Drizzle a little bit of warm honey on top of each cookie. This is optional; a little goes a long way. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: If you press a measuring cup into a bag of flour, you will pack in way too much flour; use a spoon to scoop it into a measuring cup and then level the top with the back of a table knife.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 497IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Made these today. Taste great—exactly like Crumbl’s. Followed directions exactly…cookies spread a little more than I expected. Crumbl’s cookies are definitely thicker. I had to make a second batch of frosting to cover all the cookies. I will definitely make these again.

  2. Looks delish!

    Can I use graham wafer crumbs instead of wafers? If so, how much (e.g. how many cups of crumbs)?

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