Healthy Sugar Cookies

Delicious and Healthy Sugar Cookies

kid friendly recipe

These healthy sugar cookies are so good that you won’t miss the real thing! Using raw honey and lemon essential oil in place of the sugar and a mix of white whole wheat flour and spelt flour! This is also a clean eating sugar cookie recipe, so enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Traditional sugar cookie recipes are full of sugar! It’s hard to fault them since sugar is in their name, but this is the first year my kids tried a real one and they are hooked.

So when they asked me to make a sugar cookie recipe, I knew had to try to clean it up before they got to it!

We have been living the clean eating lifestyle for about 5 years now and I wasn’t about to start feeding them straight sugar. Trust me, there would be no going back! That’s how these healthy sugar cookies were created.

sugar cookie recipe with honey

I started looking for a clean eating sugar cookie recipe and I just couldn’t find one. So I had to create one through trial and error! The final healthy cookie recipe that we came up with was so easy and so delicious! I added 3 drops of lemon essential oil for an added burst of flavor and it did not disappoint. The lemon flavor was so mild and delicious that I prefer these cookies with no frosting. Of course, the kids preferred the chocolate frosting!

Easy Vegan Sugar Cookies

Along with being healthy sugar cookies, this easy cookie recipe is also vegan, which is awesome since we are primarily dairy free these days. I used a flax egg in place of a real egg. As a result, there is some flax in the cookie too (always a good thing). So lets get started!

vegan lemon sugar cookies

Healthy Cookie Recipe Substitutions:

White FlourI used a blend of White Whole Wheat Flour and Spelt flour. It is possible to use all White Whole Wheat but the Spelt helps to add a fluffier texture.

White Sugar I went back and forth on this one between honey and maple syrup but I am glad I chose honey. It was just enough sweetness and still allows the lemon flavor to shine

Lemon ZestI don’t like to use fresh lemons because I don’t think they ever have enough flavor. This was my first time cooking with essential oil and I might be hooked. Just 3 drops and there was so much flavor!

healthy sugar cookies

Easy Christmas Cookies too!

One last note and then I’ll get to the healthy sugar cookies recipe! These cookies are so much fun to make with the kids. I love making cookies around the holidays and I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss it a little since we started eating clean.

Traditional cut-out sugar cookies were just out of the picture. This recipe for healthy sugar cookies gives us a chance to bake and experiment together.

The kids cut the cookies and my daughter topped them with clean eating chocolate frosting.

making cut-out cookies with clean eating cookie dough

Healthy Sugar Cookies Clean Eating Recipe

Healthy Sugar Cookies
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Healthy Sugar Cookies

Stop searching for a healthy sugar cookie recipe. This is the one! Soft and Delicious, these are sure to become a favorite!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword clean eating cookies, clean sugar cookie, easy christmas cookie, easy sugar cookie recipe, healthy sugar cookie, vegan lemon sugar cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 117 kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 Tbsp Butter Vegan
  • 1/4 Cup Honey
  • 1 egg flax egg or regular egg
  • 3 drops Lemon Essential Oil Optional
  • 1 Cup White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Spelt Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 + 1/8 tsp Baking Soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ยฐ F

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat together the honey and butter (you can use a hand mixer too). Mix until smooth, about 2 minutes

  3. Add the flax egg and lemon essential oil

  4. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until well combined.

  5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. I like to roll it between Silpat and a piece of parchment paper. You could also use two pieces of parchment paper.

  6. Cut out the cookie shapes and bake for 6 minutes. Bake until cooked but not brown.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 91mg 4%
Potassium 14mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 3%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 2.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

36 Comments

  • Katie November 8, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Yum! I love a good cookie recipe.

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  • Janice November 8, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Love to read about heathly cookies

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  • Angela November 8, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Looks like a yummy healthy twist to an old favorite, well done! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Lisa November 8, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    I recently completed a 21-day sugar detox! Wish I had happened upon this post then lol! I will save this for next time around!

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  • Christa November 9, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Now I need a clean icing recipe! Just kidding. These look really good.

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    • NaturalDeets November 9, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      Yes! I was actually trying out a few but nothing was working. That’s why we went with the chocolate icing, just cocoa powder, almond milk and honey ๐Ÿ™‚ Not quite the same but still good!

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  • Erin November 9, 2018 at 12:58 am

    What a great recipe! Looks yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Junell November 9, 2018 at 2:00 am

    I Would have never thought to sub essential oil for a sweetener.

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  • Janine November 9, 2018 at 3:42 am

    I’m a fan of anything that lets me eat sugar cookies without the guilt!

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    • NaturalDeets November 9, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      Same here! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Nicki November 9, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    This looks like a great alternative! Thanks!

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  • Jocelyn November 9, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I’m interested! I’ll have to give these a try!! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Susan Franklin November 9, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    What a great healthy alternative! Thanks for sharing!!

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  • Katie November 9, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I love the idea of making them healthier with the lemon oil and honey! Iโ€™m gluten free, but this gives me a great starting place to make a GF healthier sugar cookie! Thank you!

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  • Deanna November 9, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Healthy sugar cookies, I’m totally in. Love this! I’ve never tried spelt flour, is it easy to find?

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    • NaturalDeets November 9, 2018 at 4:40 pm

      It is surprisingly easy to find! In our grocery store it is in the healthy/Organic section.

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  • Michele November 9, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Healthy Sugar Cookies? Who would’ve thought? Can’t wait to try them!

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    • NaturalDeets November 9, 2018 at 4:40 pm

      Exactly! Just a little less guilt this holiday season haha!!

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  • Amie November 9, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    I need to try these. Iโ€™ll be honest. Iโ€™m a bit skeptical that these will be sweet enough to qualify as awesome sugar cookies but it is worth a try!

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  • Rosanna November 10, 2018 at 6:07 am

    I love using essential oils in my baking.

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    • NaturalDeets November 13, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      This was the first recipe where I’ve baked with essential oils and I may be hooked!

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  • Mary November 10, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    This looks like a great recipe! Love how you research for your daughter’s health. Great post!

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  • Kathryn at QuestFor47 November 11, 2018 at 1:10 am


    Great recipe! Honey is an awesome substitute for white sugar.

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  • Melanie November 11, 2018 at 6:23 am

    We do a lot of holiday baking. Having a healthier option is going to be such a wonderful treat. These sound delightful, and I know my kids will love helping to bake them.

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  • Arianny November 11, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Looks like a fantastic recipe! Love the simple holiday decorations.

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  • Dennis November 12, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Healthy and delicious! Always love finding new healthy treats! People don’t realize that eating can be fun and healthy! Nice post!

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    • NaturalDeets November 13, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      Right? That’s what I struggled with at first, but you find that you don’t need to give up delicious, fun food!

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  • T.M. Brown November 12, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Wow! Lemon cookies sound really good right about now and the recipe looks so clean. May have to give this one a try!

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  • Kirsten November 12, 2018 at 12:51 am


    I will have to try these for Christmas!

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  • Tonya | the Writer Mom November 12, 2018 at 2:25 am

    I’m not normally a fan of sugar cookies, but this recipe sounds delicious, especially with the lemon essential oil.

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  • Courtney November 12, 2018 at 6:33 am

    I have to eat gluten free but I want to try this recipe using my gluten free flour. Looks super good!

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  • Monica November 12, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    These look good! I never heard of spelt flour. I have seen recipes that use almond flour instead too. Will check it out the next time I go to the super market.

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    • NaturalDeets November 13, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Almond flour is great too and it naturally has a little sweetness!

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  • Kathy November 12, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing. It is great to have a treat for the kids and know that they are still eating healthy.

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  • Jennifer November 12, 2018 at 9:35 pm


    These look delicious! I love it when a treat can be changed into a better version of itself! So much less holiday guilt!

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    • NaturalDeets November 13, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Exactly! ๐Ÿ™‚ Less guilt and no sugar crash at night!

      Reply

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