Honey Spice Hazelnut Cookies

Honey Spice Cookies with glaze

Honey Spice Hazelnut Cookies ~ these nutty, glazed cookies are a perfect way to ease into fall baking, and they’ll provide a little old world spice for your holiday cookie assortment later in the season.

Honey Spice Hazelnut Cookies on parchment paper

The wonderful play between the brown sugar, honey, and spices skew these cookies a little toward the adult side, even before they get their crosshatching of spiked glaze. Set them out with after dinner coffee and be prepared for recipe requests! (You can leave out the alcohol in the glaze for family noshing.)

Honey Spice Hazelnut Cookies stacked on a white table

The glaze will harden for stacking and packing, so no need to leave it off if you’re giving or shipping these cookies.

Honey Spice Hazelnut Cookies stacked on a cooling rack

I’ve always thought that if I’m going to go to the trouble to bake homemade cookies they should be something that I can’t find in the cookie aisle of my supermarket, and that’s certainly the case with these spice cookies. They have a simple, vintage vibe that’s really appealing, I think you’ll love them. Hazelnuts make a good choice for special occasion cookies because they’re a relatively expensive ingredient that you don’t see very often in commercial cookies and desserts. They also give these cookies a really nice texture.

honey spice hazelnut cookies on a plate with ribbon

Cookie season is upon us and you can never have enough recipes at the ready. Here are a few more of my favorites ~

Chewy Ginger Cookies

These are definitely one of the most popular fall and holiday cookies in America, everybody has their own version of this classic recipe, but we’ve been making ours for years and think it’s the best!

a stack of chewy ginger cookies with parchment paper dividers

Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

I can’t resist sprinkles on cookies, and I bet you can’t either. Every cookie assortment needs a colorful sprinkled cookie front and center!

hands holding a colorful stack of sprinkle sugar cookies

Cardamom Walnut Crescent Cookies

This is another old world cookie that conjures up holiday memories for so many. I love the snowy coating of powdered sugar.

Cardamom Crescent Cookies on a baking sheet

Recipe adapted from Saveur.

Honey Spice Cookies with glaze
4.05 from 24 votes

Honey Spice Hazelnut Cookies

Honey Spice Hazelnut Cookies ~ these nutty, crunchy glazed cookies are a perfect way to ease into fall and holiday cookie baking season!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Yield 36 cookies
Author Sue Moran


  • 12 tbsp 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 cups flour plus a little extra for rolling dough
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 tsp salt

For the glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • Hazelnut liqueur e.g. Frangelico to thin


  • Preheat your oven to 350F
  • Beat butter, honey, sugar, and spices in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, or an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Add the flour, chopped hazelnuts, and salt and continue to mix until the dough comes together.
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until about 1/4-1/2 inch thick
  • Cut out cookies (I used a small cup about 2.5 inches in diameter), and bake on a baking sheet (I lined mine with parchment paper) for about 10 minutes, they should be lightly golden on the bottom and will firm up as they cool.
  • Cool on a rack.

For the glaze

  • Thin the powdered sugar with the liqueur until it is a pourable consistency by adding a little bit liqueur at a time to the sugar and whisking until smooth. Drizzle over the fully cooled cookies and let the glaze harden before stacking.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make these Honey Spice Hazelnut Cookies your own ~

  • Make them without the booze ~ omit the liqueur in the glaze and add a bit of hazelnut extract, or a bit of spice. If you use the extract, try 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon, and then thin the glaze with a little milk or water to get the right consistency.

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  • Reply
    Maria Amélia
    September 18, 2019 at 5:31 am

    the cookies look great, I’ll try to make, thank´s

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    October 2, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Could you use ground hazelnuts instead of chopped? If so what amount would you use? I’m supposed to stay away from nuts unless ground.

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      October 2, 2018 at 8:20 am

      If you’re using ground hazelnuts I might use a little less than the amount of chopped nuts, maybe 1/2 cup?

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    October 1, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    I adore these cookies for fall baking!

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    September 30, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    These look gorgeous and sound delicious! And 2/3 cup of hazelnuts isn’t too much? I noticed at the source that half that amount is used. I’m looking forward to trying these!

    • Reply
      October 2, 2018 at 8:19 am

      That amount works fine, Janey, and gives the cookies a really nice nutty flavor and texture.

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    September 22, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Sue! I’m on the west coast of Florida, and it’s 89° at 4:00 p.m. so I’m going to make believe it’s early fall. I am going to attempt these gluten free and use my hazelnut flour for 1 cup & something else for the other cup. And make sure the liquid amts. are right for the 2 flours. Other g.f. recipes can probably help me. Reproducing your texture might be harder, but I’m going to take a shot at it. Are yours chewy or crispy or both? They look gorgeous and yummy. I will let you know!

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      September 22, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Alene, I feel your pain, we’re in the high 80s most days here too :/ These cookies are basically crisp/crumbly, if that makes any sense!

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    September 21, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love Frangelico but haven’t had it for years! How wonderful these cookies must be with that amazing drizzle. Beautiful shots 🙂

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      September 21, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      For baking I buy the tiny airplane sized bottles so I can experiment with flavors 🙂

  • Reply
    September 21, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Hi Sue,
    These look really appetizing. I think I’ll try them this weekend.

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    September 21, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Hi Sue! Your Honey Spice Hazelnut cookies look wonderful! I am a recipe-follower cook and when you say that the hazelnut liqueur can be omitted and hazelnut extract used instead, how much are you talking about? Won’t the glaze require a good amount to turn the powdered sugar to a pourable consistency? Thanks.

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      September 21, 2018 at 8:16 am

      Yes, you’re right Lynne, I would use about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of the extract, and then water or milk to thin it to the right consistency, I’ll update that.

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    September 21, 2018 at 6:00 am

    They look fantastic and the icing makes them even more enticing!

    • Reply
      September 21, 2018 at 8:43 am

      You can’t make ‘enticing’ without ‘icing’ 😉

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    September 21, 2018 at 4:48 am

    Perfect little cookies and I’m loving the ground hazelnuts in them! Must be delicious 🙂

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