There is no need to wait for December to enjoy crisp sugar cookies in fanciful shapes. Capture the spirit of fall by baking maple leaf- or pumpkin-shaped cookies. And when the festive season arrives, have fun with holiday shapes like stars and wreaths. Use the Cinnamon-Sugar Topping for crisp cookies that make perfect teatime treats or finish with Decorator Icing for more elaborate cookies (see Cookie-Decorating Tips, below).

Patsy Jamieson
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2002


Recipe Summary

3 hrs
Nutrition Profile:


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

  • Puree tofu in a food processor. Add egg, sugar, oil, butter and vanilla; process until smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides. Add the dry ingredients and pulse several times just until dough clumps together.

  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead several times. Divide in half and press each piece into a disk. Dust disks with flour and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper or coat with cooking spray.

  • Working with one piece at a time, on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough slightly less than 1/4-inch thick. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. Gather scraps and re-roll. Place cookies about 1/2-inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. If using Cinnamon-Sugar Topping, add it now.

  • Bake cookies, one sheet at a time, until light golden around the edges, 12 to 16 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.

  • If using Decorator Icing, decorate cookies as desired. Let stand until frosting has set, 30 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

85 calories; protein 1.5g 3% DV; carbohydrates 14.2g 5% DV; dietary fiber 0.5g 2% DV; sugars 7.2g; fat 2.5g 4% DV; saturated fat 0.4g 2% DV; cholesterol 6.8mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 20IU; vitamin cmg; folate 21mcg 5% DV; calcium 11mg 1% DV; iron 0.4mg 2% DV; magnesium 5.7mg 2% DV; potassium 21.8mg 1% DV; sodium 36mg 1% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 7% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
My daughter and I made these last year and will make them again this year for the holidays. Everyone enjoyed them and didn't know that they were healthy!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These are great! I love that they are sweet but not TOO sweet. I made them with my 2 1/2 year old and we "painted" them with icing. I didn't have pasteurized egg whites so I just made a powdered sugar icing (with vanilla and milk) and that turned out great as well. It still hardens it's just not shiny like the decorator's icing would be. Thanks for the recipe for a cookie that has a little nutrition in it! Read More