Home > Desserts > Frosted Honey Graham Cookies Frosted Honey Graham Cookies November 30, 2020 | 3 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. 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. 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. 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. Frosted Honey Graham Cookie Tips Let the melted butter cool: Once the butter melts, it needs to cool back to room temperature. If the melted butter is still hot, it will melt the sugars and cause greasy cookies. Chill the dough: Since the butter gets melted, the dough needs time to chill so the butter can re-solidify. Don’t rush the chilling time or you’ll likely find yourself with pancake-flat cookies. On the flip side, if the dough is chilled too long, it does have a tendency to dry out. The cookies also don’t spread as nicely when baking, if the dough is chilled too long. Measure carefully: The most important measurement is the flour. If you press a measuring cup into a bag of flour you are likely packing in way too much flour, which will yield poofy and less-flavorful cookies. Spoon the flour into a measuring cup and level the top with the back of a table knife. Frosted Honey Graham Cookies Tips, continued Bake on a Silpat® liner or parchment paper. This helps bake these cookies evenly without burning or browning too much on the bottoms. Plus the clean-up is effortless! Press the edges of the cookies in. Working quickly, right out of the oven, use the back of a large spoon to press the edges of the cookies into the center. (Watch the video or see the picture below for a visual!). This creates really great crispy edges and ensures the cookie has a nice chewy center. You’ll need to work quickly as the cookies set up quickly and resist being pressed inwards after sitting out for more than a minute or two. Bake at 325 degrees F (162°C). Most of my cookie recipes bake at 350 degrees F (176°C), but Frosted Honey Graham Cookies are best at 325 (162°C). The temperature is an easy thing to miss, and it makes a big difference in the softness of these cookies. 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. 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! 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. More cookie recipes Cinnamon Roll Cookies with a cinnamon-sugar topping Soft Pumpkin Cookies with chocolate chips Edible Cookie Dough made food safe Lemon Cheesecake Cookies with a lemon glaze Avalanche Cookies no baking required! FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Honey Graham Frosted Cookies 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe 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. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Honey Graham Frosted Cookies 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe 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 IngredientsCookies12 tablespoons (3/4 cup; 170g) unsalted butter melted1/2 cup (100g) white granulated sugar3/4 cup (120g) light brown sugar, lightly packed1 large egg YOLK (discard or save the white)1 large egg1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract1 and 3/4 cups (230g) white all-purpose flour measured correctly (See Note 1)1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt1 cup (113g) graham cracker crumbs (lightly packed), (about 9 full sheets)Cream Cheese Frosting4 ounces (115g) cream cheese (the block cream cheese, not spreadable), softened, not melted4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter softened, not melted2 cups (238g) powdered sugar1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt1 teaspoon vanilla extract InstructionsBUTTER 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! Video Recipe NotesNote 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 FactsCalories: 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 We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.