These Tempting Honey Desserts Will Have Everyone Buzzing Back for Seconds

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Cranberry Pie with Honey Meringue
Photo: Blaine Moats

These sweet honey desserts feature more than just a drizzle or drop of honey. The natural sweetener stars—in ample amounts—in these honey cake recipes, honey cookies, honey fruit cobblers, honey sorbets, and more. Just sweet enough and jam-packed with flavor, these desserts made with honey are destined to become family favorites.

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Peach-Berry Hot Honey Crisp

Peach-Berry Hot Honey Crisp
Blaine Moats

This sweet honey dessert recipe is on fire, in the most welcome way. That's because we drizzle the fresh raspberry, blueberry, and peach crisp with plenty of hot honey before garnishing with the buttery streusel topping. All of the above bubbles and browns to golden brown perfection on the grill or in the oven. Warning: It will be a true test in patience to wait the 20 minutes for this hot honey crisp to cool before diving in.

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Cranberry Pie with Honey Meringue

Cranberry Pie with Honey Meringue
Blaine Moats

Pumpkin pie and pecan pie are mainstays on the Thanksgiving menu, true. But prepare to add a third must-have treat to your repertoire. This honey dessert recipe starts with a warmly-spiced, citrus-infused cranberry pie filling in an all-butter piecrust. It finishes with a cloud-like honey-sweetened meringue topping. As tough as it might be to believe, this is one pie that tastes even better than it looks.

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Lavender-Honey Lemon Tart

Lavender-Honey Lemon Tart
Carson Downing

Allow us to perk things up with this delightfully tart citrus dessert. To balance out the tangy lemon curd in the filling, we call for crowning the tart with whipped cream and a simple homemade lavender honey. After whipping up this sweet honey dessert recipe at home, one BH&G fan says, "The lavender honey just complements the tart so perfectly, I don't know if I will ever make lemon tarts without it again. This was so, so good!"

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Sheet-Pan Shortcake with Mascarpone Cream and Pears

Sheet-Pan Shortcake Mascarpone Cream Pears
Blaine Moats

Please a crowd with this big-batch honey cake recipe. After just 25 minutes of hands-on time, you'll have enough of this showy, delicious dessert to feed 16. Honey stars in both the mascarpone cream and the cardamom-spiced pear topping, both of which top the buttery shortcake batter. Call it brunch, call it dessert...whatever you do, call it essential for your party menu.

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Sopapillas with Spiced Honey

Like a puffy, sweet fry bread, these desserts made with honey are like the Mexican, American Southwest, and Spanish cousin of beignets. They're typically served with regular honey, but for a south-of-the-border twist, we suggest adding spice. As the dough rests, stir together a mix of honey and red pepper flakes or cinnamon. Then slice and fry the puffy triangles until golden brown, drizzle generously with the spiffed-up honey, and enjoy warm.

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Honey-Rosé Plum Cobbler

Honey-Rose Plum Cobbler
Andy Lyons

A stone fruit cobbler is the perfect vehicle for honey. In this honey dessert recipe, the sweetener really amplifies the natural sweetness of the fruit while balancing the citrus note in the rosé wine. Pair that all with a tender biscuit topping and melty, salty goat cheese and you have one remarkably complex (and craveable) late-summer dessert.

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Baklava Monkey Bread

Baklava Monkey Bread
Brie Passano

This is not your grandma's monkey bread! (Although we'll never say no to stealing bites off of that buttery, cinnamon-sugar masterpiece.) This honey cake recipe combines the concepts of baklava—a nutty, flaky Turkish treat—with family-friendly pull-apart bread. Each bite is showered in sweet honey and salty pistachios and walnuts. Alongside the cinnamon and splash of citrus, the final product tastes like something you'd order from a fancy bakery. Only you need to know it started with canned biscuits.

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Orange-Honey Sweet Rolls

Orange-Honey Sweet Rolls
Blaine Moats

Cinnamon rolls get a cozy makeover in this sweet honey dessert. It starts with a fairly standard yeast bread dough. The filling is where things really get interesting, thanks to delightfully-chewy golden raisins, bright-tasting orange zest, decadent butter, and ooey-gooey honey. Roll and bake, then once cool, frost with the ultra-easy orange icing.

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Almond Honey Cake with Citrus and Cream

Almond Honey Cake Citrus Cream
Maryanne Cabrera

In Russia, layered, cream-filled honey cake recipes are a mainstay at many celebrations. Far from traditional—but totally delicious nonetheless—this thoroughly modern honey cake is one of our go-to desserts when winter citrus fruits are abundant and at their flavor peak. Nutty ground almonds and sweet honey in the cake batter make the crumb moist, dense, and delicious. We don't stop there, however; while the cake is still warm after baking, use a skewer or toothpick to make this a poke cake and drizzle on a honey-orange juice combo. After the cake has completely cooled and that syrup has fully soaked in, take things over the top with a honey-mascarpone cream, fresh citrus, and chopped almonds.

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Pistachio-Honey Cake with Berries and Cream

Pistachio-Honey Cake with Berries and Cream
Andy Lyons

Come spring and summer, this honey cake recipe is the one we have on repeat. The cake itself is like a mash-up of honey-drizzled cornbread and classic cake. Once you've mastered the bake, poke, frost method, you'll know (and ace) the process for this delectable dessert.

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Honey-Cinnamon Pears

Honey-Cinnamon Pears
Jacob Fox

Atop pound cake, ice cream, or even on their own with a dollop of yogurt, these pears are our pick whenever we're craving the fall fruit. Calling for just 6 ingredients, this dessert made with honey really allows the fruit and the sweetener to shine. The warm cloves and cinnamon sticks and the bright citrus notes help this homemade canned fruit recipe taste so much better than store-bought.

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Honey-Butter Cookies

Honey-Butter Cookies
Scott Little

Since honey as a sweetener is more liquid than sugar, baking honey cookie recipes can be tricky. But we tried, tested, and perfected this cut-out cookie recipe so it's pretty much foolproof. What's the key to ensure the dough is easy to handle and doesn't spread out too much while baking? After mixing, chill the cookie dough for about 1 hour before rolling and cutting (otherwise it will be too sticky).

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Pear-Honey Sorbet

Pear-Honey Sorbet
Justin Coit

Don't sweat it if you don't own an ice cream maker. As long as you have a saucepan, a blender, and a freezer, you're all set to whip up this 5-ingredient sweet honey dessert. Simply simmer pears in a ginger, citrus, and honey syrup until the fruit is soft. Then blend that pear recipe until smooth, freeze overnight, and prepare to devour the lusciously creamy treat.

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