Cornbread Sugar Cookies with Honey Butter Frosting

Published February 24, 2012. Updated January 12, 2024

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Cornbread lovers are going to want to make these Cornbread Sugar Cookies with Honey Butter Frosting ASAP! They’re still sweet and soft like traditional sugar cookies, but the nice texture of cornmeal and the balanced sweetness of honey butter for the frosting make them more cozy with Southern flair. 

Cornbread meets sugar cookies!  Some of you may be thinking hmm, that sounds strange.  Let me just tell you these are some of the best sugar cookies you will ever eat, yes I’m going to brag a little =).  They are such an exciting twist on the classic bakery-style sugar cookies.  These still hold true to all the wonderful characteristics you find in a perfect sugar cookie.

Cornbread Sugar Cookies

They are fluffy, tender, sweet, and undeniably delicious.  These are some of my family’s favorite desserts.  I have to give some away or I will just devour them all on my own. Plain sugar cookies can be a little too sweet if you want to eat more than one, but these? The cornbread cuts some of that sweetness but leaves all of the perfect flavor!

Cornbread Sugar Cookies with Honey Butter Frosting and sprinkles
You could also make Cornbread Sugar Cookie Squares with Honey Butter Frosting which are nearly the same but in bar form.  I adapted both that recipe and this one from my Sugar Cookie Squares and Sugar Cookies recipes, I decided to experiment one day and came up with these.

They are everything you love about honey-buttered cornbread and soft, frosted sugar cookies combined into one.  If you ask me I think they are good enough and exciting enough to be the next new cookie craze!

Cornbread Cookies with sprinkles and honey butter

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Cornbread Sugar Cookies with Honey Butter Frosting

Fluffy tender cornmeal based sugar cookies topped with a rich, sweet honey butter frosting!
Servings: 24
Prep20 minutes
Cook20 minutes
Ready in: 40 minutes


Honey Butter Frosting


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together, all-purpose flour, corn flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer whip together butter and sugar until light and fluffy about 3-4 minutes. Stir in egg and egg yolk. Mix in sour cream, vanilla and lemon juice. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Form dough into balls by the heaping tablespoon fulls then place on cookies sheets and flatten dough balls evenly to about 1/2" with your hands. Bake in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting with Honey Butter Frosting.

Honey Butter Frosting

  • In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together all ingredients until light and fluffy about 1 - 2 minutes.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


*You can usually find this in the health foods section or gluten free section of the grocer or supermarket. If you can't find it there you can also purchase it online here.


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  • Carolyn S.

    In your introduction to this recipe you talk about
    “one of my families favorite desserts”. How many families do you have? Or did you mean:’ my family’s favorite’ ?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Hi Carolyn! I meant “my family’s favorite” desserts. One thing you will learn about me is that I am terrible with punctuation and spelling! Thanks for the heads up!

  • Whitney D.

    Amazing recipe – perfect for sweet cornbread lovers. Just made there and they are insanely good. Thanks for sharing! I will definitely be making these again!

  • Julia

    How well do you think this recipe would roll? Or would that ruin the soft texture too much? I’m trying to find a different recipe for Christmas gifts, but I’m hoping to make them into snowflakes, decorated according… Thanks!

    • Jaclyn

      Julie – I think these would roll great, just refrigerate the dough until its not sticky then roll on a lightly floured surface or between to sheets of parchment paper. I hope you love them!

  • Jaclyn

    Sara- I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment to let me know =)! They’re my favorite comments! And you’re so welcome!

  • Sara

    Hi there, just wanted to let you know that I made this recipe and LOVED it – you’re totally right, the cookies are the perfect combo of sugar cookie and cornbread! So yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

  • Jen @ Jen’s Favorite Cookies

    This look just unusual enough to be fabulous! Very intriguing recipe.

  • Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Sounds fantastic! I think my daughters will have lots of fun making these cookies – they love spreading frosting and sprinkles :)Thank you so much for sharing! Have a wonderful day, Jaclyn!