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An overhead photo looking at a plate of healthy sugar cookies. Some of the cookies have been decorated with white icing and red, green or white sprinkles and some of the cookies are plain.
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4.69 from 19 votes

Healthy Sugar Cookies

These healthy sugar cookies are made with whole wheat flour and are naturally sweetened with maple syrup. They have a delicious, buttery flavor and the perfect texture for making cut-out cookies!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Chill Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 18 minutes
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy sugar cookies
Servings: 16




  • In a medium bowl, mix together whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
    Whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder and salt being mixed together in a bowl.
  • In a stand mixer or a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together butter and maple syrup on medium high speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract, mixing on medium speed until combined.
    An egg and vanilla extract added to a bowl of creamed butter and maple syrup. A hand mixer is ready to mix them together.
  • Slowly add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix on low speed, until just combined. Dough should be soft, but not sticky. Add a little more flour if it seems too sticky, 1 teaspoon at a time.
    Flour mixture being added to the egg, vanilla, butter and maple syrup mixture by a spoon. The hand mixer is in the bowl.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap or place the entire bowl in the fridge and let dough chill in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours, or overnight.
    A hand is using saran wrap to wrap up a ball of sugar cookie dough.
  • When dough is chilled and you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350ºF, line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Remove dough from fridge and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly. On a clean rolling surface (or a parchment lined surface) sprinkle 1-2 Tablespoons of flour on surface and rolling pin. Roll out dough, using a rolling pin, until it's about 1/4-1/3″ thick. The thicker your cookies are the softer they’ll be.
    Two hands using a small rolling pin to roll out healthy sugar cookie dough onto parchment paper. Two star shaped cookie cutters are nearby as well as a bowl of extra flour.
  • Use your favorite cookie cutter shapes to cut out the dough and place them about 1 inch apart on your cookie sheet. Gather and re-roll the dough scraps as many times as needed until all the dough is used. Add additional flour to the surface and rolling pin as needed to prevent the dough from sticking.
    A hand using a star shaped cookie cutter to cut out cookies from rolled dough. The cookies are being placed onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges and bottoms are lightly golden.
  • Allow cookies to cool a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
    Freshly baked star shaped healthy sugar cookies on a wire cooling rack.
  • Once cookies are cool you can frost and decorate them. To make homemade icing, combine powdered sugar, vanilla and almond milk in a small bowl. Whisk until all lumps of sugar have dissolved and icing is the thickness you desire. You don't want it to be super thick, but also don't want it to be too runny where it melts off the cookies. Frost cookies with icing and add sprinkles right away, before the icing has a chance to set.
    A wire rack with various sized star shaped cookies that are being decorated. There are small dishes around the wire rack with assorted sprinkles. A hand is apply icing to one of the cookies.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g