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I ate two of these healthy sugar cookies straight from the oven:

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It’s officially December now, which means you have a great excuse to make cookies. Why not go ahead and bake a batch of these to find out if your self-restraint is better than mine?

(As if anyone needed an excuse to bake cookies.)

The perfect sugar cookie should be soft, buttery, and so incredibly delicious it makes you want to polish off the entire batch in a single sitting.

This healthy sugar cookie recipe fulfills all of the above requirements… and yet these cookies are whole-grain, lower in sugar, and cholesterol-free at the same time.

Yes, healthy sugar cookies!

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Healthy Sugar Cookies

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  • 3/4 cup spelt,  ww pastry, or all-purpose flour (Update! Click for Grain Free Sugar Cookies.)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt (just under level)
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, or sucanat, coconut sugar, or evaporated cane juice (or xylitol for a sugar-free version)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup butter-type spread, such as Earth Balance (Some readers say you can use coconut oil, but I haven't tried it. I wouldn't recommend using a low-fat buttery spread.)
Total Time: 15m


Healthy Sugar Cookies Recipe: Combine dry ingredients and mix very, very well. In a separate bowl, melt the vegan butter, then stir in vanilla and milk. Pour dry into wet and mix again. Form balls or roll out (not too thin), then use a cookie cutter to make shapes. If you want soft cookies, you’ll need to get the dough very cold. (So roll the balls first, then fridge until cold.)  Cook in a 325F preheated oven for 9 minutes. They will look very underdone when you take them out, but that’s ok!! Just let them cool for 5 minutes before touching. (I know it’s hard!) These cookies will keep at least four days, in a lidded plastic container. As a general rule, you should store soft cookies in plastic containers and crispy cookies in glass ones.

These are the same vegan sugar cookies I decorated as baby animals and brought to the football party.

Do you bake cookies during the holidays?

My grandma loved baking Christmas cookies more than anyone else I know. Each year, she’d make at least ten different kinds of cookies. Michelle and I liked to help: she helped by rolling out the dough… and I helped by eating all the finished cookies! My grandpa nicknamed me “Cookie Monster” because, even before my head was tall enough to reach the table, I was stealing cookies off the tray. Some things haven’t changed much.


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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Last year took part in the office’s ‘cookie exchange’ where you made 6 dozen cookies and packaged up 6 in a bag and then you got 12 different 1/2 dozen cookies in return. Lots of different things to try.

    Only I realized I like MY cookies better than most other people. I’m a fan of butter, not margarine, and I like knowing what ingredients went into the cookies. So this year I am thinking if I do make cookies, I’ll just make 1/2 batches so there’s less scattered around tempting me. 🙂

  2. Maya says:

    I am totally like your grandma! I love baking tons of different things at Christmas and making platters for people.

    Katie I have a totally random question for you! What is your system for storing ingredients? I love buying different types of flour, sweeteners, etc. etc. but it’s hard to keep them organized. maybe because my pantry is deep rather than wide/shallow, but things seem to get lost in there! Do you have containers you’ve found that work really well?

    1. I’m definitely not a good person to ask lol. I guess you could say that I’m organized in that I know where everything is… but it certainly doesn’t LOOK organized! 😕

      1. Maya says:

        Haha I am totally the same way. I do know where everything is, but it is just one big mess in there. I’d like to count myself as a “organized mess” but I secretly think it’s just because I have a good memory.

    2. Anonymous says:

      Hello Katie and THANK YOU!!!!! AND a BIG THANKS to WFAA Chanel 8 for bringing your story to the public. I work in a highschool setting and needless to say there is no lack of “goodies” that teachers/staff bring to share. Well my personal motto this year is “I want to bake the cake and eat it too in a healthier way”. I’ve always been conscious of how I bake and cook leaving just a little sugar or butter that is normally called for and it really doesn’t change the taste or texture but thanks to you I’m omitting/exchanging alot more than that. With that in mind I made the chocolate chip/garbanzo cookie and brought it to work. I’ve let everyone taste it and they LOVED it!!! When I told them the ingredients the mouths dropped and wanted the recipe. Thanks again and I’ll be “having my cake and eating it too” and sharing it with family and friends.

      1. Aww thanks for such a sweet comment! I’m so glad you found my site :).

  3. I’ve never made sugar cookies before so I’ll try this recipe! The colours of those photographs are beautiful!

  4. Esther says:

    Wow, yum! Will have to try.

    Question – how’d you make the icing? 🙂

    1. It’s actually just Pillsbury. The sugar cookies taste so yummy without icing, but I decided to use it for the photoshoot to make them LOOK prettier. (Oddly enough, Pillsbury frosting is vegan!)

  5. Natalie says:

    Did you make that frosting? I love frosted cookies!

    1. It’s actually just Pillsbury. The sugar cookies taste so yummy without icing, but I decided to use it for the photoshoot to make them LOOK prettier. (Oddly enough, Pillsbury frosting is vegan!)
      But if you did want to make a frosting, maybe try my vanilla-fudge frosting?

      1. R says:

        Pillsbury frosting contains partially hydrogenated oil… so it’s REALLY bad for you.

        1. Liamlol says:

          A.K.A trans fat

  6. Jessie Patterson says:

    I am TOTALLY making these within the next hour.

  7. Krystina says:

    Isn’t the point of sugar cookies to have a good amount of…sugar in them. By making “lower sugar sugar cookies” with 1/4 cup sugar, this doesn’t make them sugar cookies, it makes them whole wheat biscuits.

    1. No, because they still TASTE like regular sugar cookies, not biscuits.

      1. Anonymous says:

        And for those of us who have to watch our sugar intake (diabetes) a lower sugar option that still tastes just like a sugar cookie is very much appreciated!!
        (And even if they did taste like whole-wheat biscuits, pretty sure any recipe of Katies would be delicious)

  8. Looks amazing! Sugar cookies have too much sugar, this is a great alternative for those who love cookies but don’t want that much sugar!

  9. Em says:

    LOVE your pictures, Katie!

  10. About how many cookies did you get from this recipe? Looks great!

    1. It depends on how big you cut/roll them. I really don’t know, because I made some balls and some cookie-cuttered shapes.

    2. Paige says:

      I rolled them into one ounce balls and I got 9 cookies that came out about 2 inches in diameter. They were kind of puffy. If you roll them out and cookie-cut them you should be able to get about a dozen in the same 2 inch size.

      They’re really yum 🙂

      1. Anonymous says:

        Just wanted to say thank you for writing a really helpful answer.

        1. I want to echo that – thanks so much!

  11. Great idea grandma! These cookies looks so bright and beautiful! Want one right now! Thanks Katie!

  12. I am having a christmas cookie decorating party in a few weeks and this seems like the perfect recipe to whip up for the kids to decorate! But, how do they bake, would they hold their shape well if made with christmas cookie cutters?

    I bet we will be eating a TON of cookies that day, so a healthier version might be a great idea!

    1. Yes, you can totally use cookie cutters!

  13. Jennifer JCD says:

    Oh, delicious!!!

    I LOVE baking cookies year-round, and at Christmas is my favourite. Instead of regular presents, most people I know get a huge tin of cookies from me instead. Gingerbread, ANZAC biscuits, shortbread, sugar cookies, oatmeal raisin, and lots of slices and squares too. Mmm… I think I’ll start some Christmas baking this weekend!

    1. Maya says:

      Ahhh I love Anzac biscuits! Are you from Australia?

  14. Yum! Did I miss a link to the frosting – I didn’t think I could see it in the post…but these look amazing! Can’t believe the calorie count!

    1. It’s actually just Pillsbury. The sugar cookies taste so yummy without icing, but I decided to use it for the photoshoot to make them LOOK prettier. (Oddly enough, Pillsbury frosting is vegan.)

  15. LOVE sugar cookies!!!! That is truly one great idea of inspiration! 🙂 Mmmmmmm!

  16. I have never heard the tip on cookie storage – plastic vs glass. Thanks for sharing. These cookies look delicious! 🙂

  17. The holidays is when I baked the most, my oven is working non-stop. I love that I get to try all different recipes and I get to have a taste and then give them away to friends and family during our holiday parties.

    Love the pink icing. Do you have a recipe for that too?

    1. It’s actually Pillsbury. The sugar cookies taste so yummy without icing, but I decided to use it for the photoshoot to make them LOOK prettier. (Oddly enough, Pillsbury frosting is vegan!)
      But if you did want to make a frosting, maybe try my vanilla-fudge frosting?

  18. I always bake tons of cookies during the holidays! I love making a bunch of different kinds, and then giving out cookie platters to friends, neighbors and family! It’s such a great excuse to bake.

  19. I am always looking for a healthier sugar cookie recipe – might be trying these tonight! 🙂

  20. Lisa Broadley says:

    Yes I do bake for the Holidays. This year I’m going to be giving some vegan cookies along with presents. I think it’s a nice way to open people’s minds.

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