23 Cookie Recipes Without Baking Soda

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies on wire cooling rack

These recipes for cookies without baking soda are the perfect baking activity for this weekend. Even without baking soda, your cookies will still be delicious and chewy. Feel free to add in any nuts or dried fruit you have to make these cookies even better. Recipes like Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cinnamon-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies are fluffy, tasty and the perfect dessert.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


Kids and adults alike will love this easy peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe, which--unlike most cookie recipes--doesn't call for flour. These gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are soft and chewy and, with only five simple ingredients, they can easily be whipped up by young chefs and enjoyed as an after-school treat. They're also perfect for a holiday party or for a cookie swap. Source: EatingWell.com, November 2019

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Flourless Chocolate Cookies


These flourless cookies get their volume from whipped egg whites (like a meringue) instead of grains, making them gluten-free and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. A chocolate chip in each bite adds to the rich chocolate flavor. Source: EatingWell.com, February 2018

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Cinnamon-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies


This recipe takes oatmeal cookies up a notch with its cinnamony, buttery, delicious take on a much-loved classic dessert. Source: EatingWell.com, October 2017

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Spritz Cookies


It's time to break out your spritz cookie press for these festive Christmas spritz cookies! These easy Christmas cookies can be decorated with sprinkles or flavored with citrus, spices or sweet sugar glaze. And if you're looking for healthy cookies, these fit the bill thanks to whole-wheat pastry flour that keeps their texture soft while giving them a boost of fiber. For ideas on how to dress up these spritz cookies even more with different flavorings or a glaze, see Tips below. Source: EatingWell.com, November 2019

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Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

This healthy sugar cut-out cookie recipe uses white whole-wheat flour, honey and lemon zest to make a delicious cookie perfect for decorating. Pull out all your cookie cutters and decorate these adorable cookies with natural decorating sugar and icing.

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Shortbread Cookies with Blueberry Sparkling Sugar


Store-bought decorative sugars just add color and sweetness to baked goods. But when you make your own, like the blueberry sugar here, you add flavor and antioxidants as well. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2020

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Cranberry-Almond Thumbprint Cookies

A dip in egg white and a quick roll in sugar adds a delightfully crisp crust to these holiday cookies. You'll have leftover jam--perfect for spreading on toast or for glazing the Cranberry Galette with Sesame Frangipane (see Associated Recipes). Source: EatingWell Magazine, December 2019

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Healthy Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies


Here's your new cookie jar staple. This recipe for classic oatmeal chocolate chip cookies gets a healthy boost with whole-wheat flour and uses less sugar and butter than traditional recipes. Don't hesitate to make a double batch--they're so satisfying they'll be gone fast. Source: EatingWell.com, November 2017

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Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

These airy coconut cookies get an upgrade with a simple dark chocolate drizzle in this healthy dessert recipe.

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Spiced Poppy Seed Shortbread Cookies


Renowned author and spice aficionado Lior Lev Sercarz loves these French sablé-style cookies so much, he sells a collection of five different flavors twice a year. In this variation, he uses tart amchoor (ground dried green mango) to give them a citrusy brightness. These healthy cookies will get you in the holiday spirit. Source: EatingWell Magazine, December 2019

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Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

Enjoy these lemony cookies with a warm cup of tea. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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Chocolate Polvorones (Mexican Wedding Cookies)

Chocolate Polvorones (Mexican Wedding Cookies)

These melt-in-your-mouth polvorones (Mexican wedding cookies) get a chocolate makeover by replacing all the nuts in the traditional version with ground chocolate. Addictive just as they are, you can also grate a little cinnamon stick over them before serving. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2018

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Stained Glass Sugar Cookies

You won't believe how easy it is to make these seriously impressive cookies. Crushed hard candy melts in the center of these festive sugar cookies, making a gorgeous stained-glass effect. Use any shape cookie cutter you like, just make sure you have two--a big one for each cookie, and a slightly smaller one for the hole in the middle. Source: EatingWell.com, October 2018

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Cranberry-Almond Chocolate Cookie Thins

This healthy chocolate cookie recipe makes thin, sugar-kissed cookies speckled with dried fruit and nuts and topped with slivered almonds and dried cranberries arranged in a flower pattern. These thin chocolate cookies are perfect for accompanying tea or coffee.

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Raspberry-Fig Linzer Cookies

Linzer torte, made with a nut crust and filled with raspberry jam, is a favorite treat in Austria. This is a low-calorie, lower-fat version of that classic dessert. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies with Cranberries & White Chocolate


Our classic oatmeal cookie recipe gets a flavor twist with coconut, white chocolate chips (which have a more delicate flavor than milk or dark chocolate) and tart dried cranberries. The result is a chewy, sweet treat that's sure to leave you coming back for more. Source: EatingWell.com, November 2017

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Chocolate Snowcap Cookies

This fudgy chocolate crinkle cookie recipe is a hit with chocolate lovers. Bake the cookies right after rolling them in confectioners' sugar: if they sit, the sugar absorbs into the dough and the rich chocolaty cookies lose their snowcapped look. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014

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Apricot-Almond Sandwich Cookies

Elegant and delicious, these cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday spread. For a variation, try with raspberry preserves; you can show off the jewel-like filling by cutting the center out of half of the cookies. If giving these as a gift, be sure to pack them carefully with a layer of wax paper between each cookie. Source: EatingWell Magazine, December 2006

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Hint-of-Herb Butter Cookies


By topping these buttery slices with an assortment of fresh herb leaves and seeds, you can create a cookie jar full of unique treats. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

A quick stir-in of grated carrots not only makes these easy drop cookies reminiscent of spicy carrot cake, it also adds sweetness and keeps these cakey cookies moist. A drizzle of cream cheese frosting on top finishes off these better-for-you goodies perfectly. Source: EatingWell.com, November 2017

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Lemon Thins


These lemon cookies are made healthier with whole-wheat pastry flour and they get their zippy flavor from fresh lemon zest and juice rather than lemon extract. This lemon cookie recipe would be the perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2013

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Almond-Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

These diabetic-friendly cookies, made with cherries and almonds, pack a chocolaty punch. With few ingredients, they are easy to make and are perfect for any occasion. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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Chocolate-Drizzled Gingerbread Cookie Thins

This healthy gingerbread cookie recipe incorporates white whole-wheat flour and uses less butter than traditional gingerbread cookies. These thin, sugar-kissed cookies are then drizzled with white and chocolate icing in a crisscross pattern for a beautiful presentation.

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