Healthy Sugar Cookie Recipes

Find healthy, delicious sugar cookie recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Red and White Wreaths

Suit your taste by using your choice of almond or mint extract for these crisp cookies.

Soft Sugar Cookies

Rating: 5 stars 1
These easy and classic cookies incorporate mild-tasting white whole-wheat flour for extra fiber and nutrients.

Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

Rating: 4 stars 1
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.

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

Rating: 5 stars 2
Everyone can get in on the festive fun with this gluten-free cut-out sugar cookie recipe. Use naturally-dyed sugar and icing to decorate these easy cookies.

Citrus-Kissed Honey Buttons

Rating: 4.83 stars 7
These citrus-flavored sugar cookies are a lovely addition to any holiday cookie platter.

Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Rating: 1 stars 1
Here's a low-calorie, lower-fat version of traditional sugar cookie dough. Roll out and shape it for all your favorite holiday cookies.


This recipe for the famous pretzel-shaped Scandinavian cookie has been remade so it's lighter but still just as tasty.

Almond Cream Cutouts

These cream cheese-based sugar cookies are flavored with almond paste. They're beautiful right out of the oven but try one of our decorating ideas for added pizzazz.

Vegan Sugar Cookies

Rating: 5 stars 1
It's hard to imagine a classic buttery sugar cookie without the butter, but trust us, it's possible. Here, we use coconut oil instead of butter for dairy-free eggless cut-out cookies that taste delicious and are fun to make and eat. Decorate with a citrus glaze colored with a little food dye, sprinkles and/or sanding sugar as you wish.

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.

Easy Slice & Bake Cookies

Rating: 3.17 stars 2
It's quick and easy to mix together these slice-and-bake cookies whenever you need something sweet. The recipe makes enough dough so you can bake half and put the other half in the freezer--ready to pull out and bake up a few fresh cookies anytime.

Peppermint Checkerboard Cookies

The red and white design makes these white chocolate and peppermint cookies especially colorful for holiday cookie trays and casual gatherings.

Inspiration and Ideas

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies
These classic treats can be made ahead and frozen for holidays and bake sales.
Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
Everyone can get in on the festive fun with this gluten-free cut-out sugar cookie recipe. Use naturally-dyed sugar and icing to decorate these easy cookies.
Crackled Sugar Cookies

Classic sugar cookies are a treat for lunchboxes, after school, or with a fresh pot of hot tea or coffee.