Homemade Honey Bars

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Honey bars

This is a favorite recipe of mine from the Amish archives.  Homemade honey bars were featured in The Amish Cook’s Baking Book and the photo that appears here is a wonderful

one that photographer Betsy Dellaposta took, sort of an artistic shot of the bars.  I love this recipe because it is so easy to make and I must say the first time I made it I raised my eyebrows at the mayonnaise in the glaze but it really does come out to be a tasty treat.  Now you can try them with the recipe below. Hint: I leave the walnuts out when I make them but for “crunch lovers”, of course, leave them in. This is a picture of a pan of these bars that one of our readers made. Yum!

Recipe of Honey Bars

1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 cup walnuts, chopped


1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, stir the sugar, flour, baking soda, and cinnamon until evenly mixed. Then add in the egg, vegetable oil, honey, and nuts. Stir until the mixture is smooth. Spoon into an ungreased jelly-roll pan or 9 by 13-inch pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

To make the glaze: In a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar, vanilla, water, and mayonnaise until smooth and creamy. Spread onto the honey bars while they are still warm.

Store the bars in a sealed container or cake safe. These will stay fresh for 3 to 4 days.

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The Discussion

  1. lorraine stoddard says:

    I’ve made these honey bars and they are very delicious!
    Why is everything now continue reading with an arrow?

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  2. Hay Kevin, just FYI, when you are on camera, please stop talking with
    your hands. It is very distracting. Thanks for what you do.


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  3. These honey bars are delicious!

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