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Healthy Sugar Cookies!

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

healthy sugar cookies


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!

Do you bake cookies during the holidays? My grandmother 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 grandfather 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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Healthy Sugar Cookies

Healthy Sugar Cookies!

Total Time: 15m
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Healthy Sugar Cookies!


  • 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.)


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.



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Published on December 1, 2011

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  1. Ali @ Peaches and Football says

    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. 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.

      • 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)

    • Beth says

      1/4 cup of sugar doesn’t sound like a lot, but this is a TINY recipe. It only makes about a cup of dough, so proportionally it’s still a decent amount of sugar.

  3. Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life says

    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!

  4. 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!

  5. Lea @ Healthy Coconut says

    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?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      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?

  6. 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.

  7. Kristin @ STUFT Mama says

    I just have to say that your hair is gorgeous in your last post. Like, gorgeous. Cen we please trade?
    Ohhhh… these cookies. I’m going ot have to try them and attempt to refrain from eating more than two out of the oven. ha! And sprinkles just make everything better.
    My mom makes the best sugar cookies, but I swear she uses soooooo much butter. I’m going to have to give her some competition with these. 🙂

  8. Leanna C says

    When I read “Healthy Sugar Cookies” in my twitter feed, it felt like pretty much all of my dreams came true. I LOVE those darned soft sugar cookies (I usually get my daily chocolate requirement from my coffee, or actual chocolate, don’t worry) and knowing that I can make them healthier is so. Super. Exciting!!!

    Totes making these when I have oven access! 🙂

  9. Krysten says

    Oh HECK YES I am making these tonight! I have been WAITING for a sugar cookie recipe! The snickerdoodle one was awesome, and I have been looking for any excuse to bake those again. My fiance gets so mad at me for baking because he can’t help himself eating all the cookies, but now that I’ve found healthy ones he BEGS me to bake them all the time! So thanks, Katie!

    And LOL at how many people don’t read the other comments before asking. The frosting is Pillsbury! YUM!

  10. Gen says

    Yum!!! These look fantastic!!! I’m thinking about baking a lot of goodies this holiday season and giving out bags of them as Christmas presents.

  11. Meredith says

    YES, who doesn’t bake cookies during the holidays? My mother always make her traditional Hanukkah-shaped sugar cookies, with a frosting and sprinkle topping. They look somewhat like what you’ve got above, except in dreidel shapes, with blue and white frosting, and likely far less healthy.

    I usually bake some treats for my friends; this year I’ll be trying out some of YOUR recipes!

  12. Amanda says

    These look great! I love that you managed to make a delicious sugar cookie with minimal sugar, too. 🙂

    The pink icing is very cute, and I’m a fan of anything with those rainbow sprinkles. Adorable!

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