Honey Ginger Cookies

Honey Ginger Cookies
I needed to make a quick trip to the grocery store last night, and as I was rushing through the aisles I literally ran into an old acquaintance and knocked down the cereal box that she was holding.
After the, “I’m so sorrrryyy! OH HI!! How are you!?”, we got into a catch-up chat and at one point during the conversation I asked her if she was following Lent.
Verbatim: “Are you following Lent?” Her response, “No!? What channel is that on?!?”
Before I allowed myself to LOL, I listened to my question in my head and it still sounded correct. I proceeded – with a chuckle – to rephrase my question and then we LOL-ed together. πŸ™‚
Lesson learned: I’m not Grammar Girl. (I still don’t know if I worded that question correctly, and “LOL” has become a part of my every day lingo…)
…And speaking of Lent… here’s a batch of cookies that I make every year during Lent; they are mildly sweet, incredibly soft, and extremely tasty.

Honey Ginger Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Soft and incredibly flavorful cookies made with honey, sprite and ginger.
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Macedonian
Servings: 24 Cookies
Calories: 112 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Sprite
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and ginger; mix well and set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl combine the honey, vegetable oil, and sprite.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until you get a shiny cookie dough.
  5. Drop the cookie dough by the spoonful onto a lightly greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Remove cookies from oven and let stand on baking sheets for a couple of minutes before transferring to wire racks.
  8. Cool completely.
  9. Serve with a cup of coffee or tea.
Nutrition Facts
Honey Ginger Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 112
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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68 Responses
  1. Jenny

    With April snowstorm om the way here in MN, this is just the thing to do while we are holed up again. I even have all the ingredients! Well, I have ginger ale on hand, but I am thinking I’ll add a bit of lemon juice to it. I have a near endless supply of honey from my sister’s farm and my family usually hates honey (yeah, I don’t know whats wrong with them, either). I hope this will be a hit! Thanks!

  2. Patti

    Thanks for posting this recipe, I have made the cookies twice and we love them except mine are soft and puffy. Do you know what I am doing wrong?

    1. Hi Patti! SO happy to hear you enjoyed these cookies! I make them quite often and we can’t keep our hands out of the cookie jar! πŸ™‚

      I am not sure why they are coming out puffy, but the solution may be using a bit less flour – cut it by a 1/4 cup – and grease the baking sheet a little more. Let me know if this helps!!

  3. O…My….Gawd, Awesome! I altered a little (I always do!) In place of sprite I used WoodChuck Peach Cider, added a splash of orange extract, instead of lemon zest (lacking lemons or limes atm) I grated some fresh ginger into the liquid. I added the ground ginger also. Then right before they finished backing I sprinkled some turbinado sugar atop each cookie. Gorgeous in appearance and taste!

  4. OK… I LOL’d at your story!! However the cookies are nothing to laugh about, love the honey!! Sprite is interesting and intriguing, I think I know a couple of kids who would enjoy these!

  5. This is hilarious!

    Your cookies look amazing, and you and I are totally on the same page in terms of communication. It’s all about the speed and sometimes that may result in a hilarious misunderstanding or two.

    But what I really need to know is: What channel is that awesome show ‘Lent’ on?

  6. I followed Lent a few years back and gave up all desserts for 40 days since it’s really the only food I can’t live without. Not this year though. Very interesting that you use Sprite in the recipe. Never seen that before.

  7. Funny! Well, I don’t “follow,” or “do” (or whatever the right word is!) lent, but that wouldn’t stop me from enjoying a nice crispy cookie … the Sprite really is such a clever idea!

  8. I was 100% sure that I left a comment here..I know I saw it today, I guess I am getting old:))) Your cookies look amazing, loving the photos, and recipe is fantastic! My mom sometimes using Sprite instead of the baking soda..it kind of working the same, but without soda taste:) Funny story for sure!

  9. Girl…. THOSE LOOK AWESOME!!! I love how simple these are, and can just imagine how amazing it would be with my pots of coffee I devour a day! (ok it’s only one pot… but still haha!) I am so making these soon!

  10. What a great lent tradition! I want to make a batch of these beauties tomorrow. Thanks for sharing your creativity in the kitchen! Your words, recipes and photos always bring a big smile to my face. Have a great Monday!

  11. Tomorrow I’m going to call my cable provider, i don’t get that channel :)))
    I used to follow Lent years ago before I become vegetarian.

    Your cookies look delicious. I’ve used mineral water in baking but not Sprite. Thanks for the idea.

  12. hahahaha, too funny!
    great looking cookies… I remember how my grandma was explaining the lent to me: give up meat, give up milk, give up everything you like, including cookies, all of them… :))

  13. ah so glad you posted these! they look and sound delicious and I love how thin they are (make my silly mind think that there’s less calories, hehe). I have to try the Sprite idea too… what a neat idea!

  14. I love the honey and ginger combination, especially in a cookie! The sprite/sparkling water thing I have heard of, but haven’t tried yet….I am going grocery shopping today….hmm….idea!!!! Thanks for sharing the cookies and the funny lent story….made me chuckle and dare I say it…..LOL!

  15. I may be dumb, or just baking naive, but what’s AP flour? I love your story, and totally identify with the person asked the question. I could see myself answering in the same manner. These look really yummy though, and once I know what AP flour is, I may give them a try!

      1. I was walking through Whole Foods the other day looking at the flour, trying to find AP. Then it hit me. Talk about a “what a dummy” moment! My baby’s old enough for honey now so these will be made soon. Is it ok to repost, crediting you, of course?

  16. Such a cute story! And I’m intrigued about the use of Sprite…I’ll have to try these out: ginger and honey are two of my favorite flavors, especially in combination…

  17. You worded that question just fine, I am betting she simply wasn’t in the mindframe to realize what you were talking about! These cookies look so delicious and thin, and I am intrigued by the Sprite!

    1. My mother’s sister owns a very successful bakery in Australia and she, once in a while, will spill a ‘secret’ or two about their baked goods. One was about using sparkling water (I went one up on her and used Sprite :)) that will work together with the baking soda and act as an acid, and it will help you in obtaining a fluffier cookie dough – at least this is how I understood her explanation. πŸ™‚

  18. That is just SO funny, Kate! Love the look and sound of your cookies. Anything with ginger in it has me on my knees. I’d eat them at any time, not just for lent πŸ˜‰ Still laughing…

  19. they looked perfectly baked. I have a quick question for you πŸ™‚ last weekend we bought these dry ginger.. like dry ginger with sugar coated .. not even sure what they are called . DO you think I could blend them in a processor and use those ?

  20. Oh Kate… this makes me want to go out and buy some AP flour! We’re out here at the house πŸ™ It bums me out. Probably for the best since I’ve got these two papers to write. But, making some cookies would really cheer me up now as I’ve been in a blah mood all day. I just want to clarify–you mean ginger powder/ground ginger, right? I saw the brown stuff in the dry mix but I want to make sure πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing! Major LOL moment, indeed!

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