You don’t have to look far to find recipes that include honey as an ingredient, but today our focus is a touch different: these are the best 5 ingredient (or less!) honey recipes that you must know to be an expert at cooking and baking with honey. When you have these recipes in your back pocket, everything you make in the kitchen will taste even better. Consider the following recipes as your foundation for taking any dish or recipe from standard to delectable.
Raise your hand if you hate butter! Nobody? That’s what I thought. Butter is delicious on pretty much anything and everything. So, how do you make butter even better? Add honey. Check out this recipe for compound butter from Ima White via All Recipes.
How to use it: Spread this butter on any baked good that fills your heart with joy. Try it on scones, biscuits, toast, or muffins, preferably fresh out of the oven, but you can’t go wrong at any temperature.
Take it to the next level: If you’re feeling zesty, try this recipe with some fresh citrus zest. Lemon and grapefruit get top scores from us. You can also add cinnamon, cardamom, or allspice to make a compound butter that’s perfect for fall.
Let’s get a little savory. If you like making compound butter to put on your baked goods, try this savory version to put on meats, vegetables, or to dip bread in. This recipe from Cafe Delites capitalizes on the fact that sweet and salty elements taste fantastic together.
How to use it: Drizzle this unctuous butter on seafood or poultry before serving. You can also toss root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, or turnips in it before roasting in the oven. Do you know that fancy move they do on cooking shows where they repeatedly spoon butter over meat to give it that beautiful crust? Go ahead. I dare you.
Take it to the next level: Why stop at parsley? Toss some oregano, thyme, or rosemary in the mix to create a sumptuous honey garlic herb butter you will be looking for excuses to use.
Coming in at number three is a recipe for honey mustard from The Novice Chef. This recipe is incredibly versatile and it will become a refrigerator staple. We’d put money on it.
How to use it: The better question is, “Is there anything I can’t use this on?” The answer is a resounding no. Marinate meat or vegetables in honey mustard. Toss your salad in this. Spread it on sandwiches. Dip your fries in it. This recipe knows no boundaries.
Take it to the next level: This recipe is only a few ingredients away from a South Carolina-style barbecue sauce, which is one of the most underrated barbecue sauces out there. Add some apple cider vinegar, a little garlic, that one sauce nobody can pronounce… but you didn’t hear it from us.
Before we get into all the sweet stuff, let’s talk about salad dressing. Everybody needs a basic, but delicious, salad dressing recipe to whip up quickly and use liberally. This is that recipe. Thanks, Barefeet In the Kitchen, for setting us up for success.
How to use it: Put this on any salad you make. No ifs ands or buts, just do it.
Take it to the next level: Try this recipe with white balsamic vinegar. It’s a slightly lighter taste than the traditional balsamic vinegar, and perfect for an end of summer salad with stone fruit, feta, and crunchy roasted nuts.
You can’t ignore the beauty of texture when it comes to snacking and sampling delicious food. This honey taffy recipe from Taste of Home is an exploration in texture. It’s wonderfully chewy and perfect for making with family or friends.
How to use it: Eat these by the handful. Share with a loved one, but not too many; you won’t want to part with these amazing treats.
Take it to the next level: If you’re tired of trying to figure out what to get people for the holidays, save yourself the trouble and make them honey taffy. You can wrap these taffies up beautifully in parchment paper (or edible rice paper if you’re feeling fancy) and package them with a bow. Perfection.
If you want your honey candy to last longer, try this recipe from Traditional Cooking School for hard candy made with honey. The only extra you need is a candy thermometer to make sure you get the right texture.
How to use it: No complicated instructions here, folks. Just pop one of these in your mouth and enjoy it. In fact, if you’re feeling a touch under the weather, the combination of honey and apple cider vinegar can be soothing on your throat.
Take it to the next level: The recipe has instructions for making these candies using nut butter. Honey pairs beautifully with nuts, so we are on board. If you make it, let us know!
Souffle gets a bad rap for being difficult to make, but this recipe for honey souffle from Save the Bees couldn’t be easier. Light and fluffy in texture, it’s a crowd-pleaser. Give your loved ones the restaurant experience at home!
How to use it: Cap off an amazing meal with this dessert. Though it’s sweet, it’s not overwhelming, and it’s the perfect end to an otherwise rich meal.
Take it to the next level: You don’t have to add anything to this recipe, but if you want to play around with flavors, add spices, cocoa powder, or citrus zest to these souffles.
We saved one of the best 5 ingredient honey recipes for last. Honey. Chocolate. If you haven’t been adding honey to your chocolate recipes, now is the time. This recipe for honey truffles comes from Waxing Kara, and it’s divine.
How to use it: Roll these truffles in anything from cocoa powder to crushed nuts to spices. You could even try beet powder for a beautiful fuschia hue.
Take it to the next level: Infuse the cream with earl grey tea before incorporating it into the mixture. Tea and honey are a beautiful marriage and the only thing that could make it better is chocolate.
These are 5 ingredient honey recipes to master and keep on hand for special occasions or desperate moments in need of a treat. We wish you happy mixing, stirring, drizzling, and baking, and if you’re looking for more honey recipes, check out the links below.