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Foolproof Recipes for Low-Fat Sugar Cookies

Updated on March 8, 2011
See "Linzer Cookies" under Variations
See "Linzer Cookies" under Variations

Sugar cookies are a staple of the confectioner's kitchen. With this foolproof recipe, anyone can make a delightful, low-fat sugar cookie (with a sugar-free option). If you've got an electric mixer, most of the work is done for you, but even without, you're sure to turn out with something tasty.

Easy variations on this recipe are shown below it, to provide variation for the sophisticated palate, including sugar cookie mini-tartlets and the classic thumbprint cookies you may so fondly remember from childhood.

Low Fat Sugar Cookies

Sugar-free optional


  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar or Splenda
  • 1/4 cup Egg Beaters or other fat-free egg substitute
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in medium-sized mixing bowl and set aside. In large bowl or electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar (or Splenda) until creamy. Add egg substitute and vanilla extract and stir well. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring constantly, until combined, but still somewhat crumbly. Divide dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to chill for at least 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly flour counter or other working surface, and turn out one half of dough onto it. Roll out to between 1/8- and 1/4-inches in thickness, then used lightly floured cookie cutters to cut desired shapes (eg hearts for Valentine's Day or stars, trees, etc for the winter holidays). Gather scraps, and roll out again, until no more cookies can be cut. Discard scraps. Place cookies at least 1 inch apart on lined baking sheet and bake 9-10 minutes or until edges turn golden. While the first batch are baking is a good time to repeat the rolling and cutting process with the second half of the dough. Let baked cookies sit 1 minute on baking sheet, then remove to wire racks or cut-open brown paper bags to cool. Decorate as desired with powdered sugar, icing, and/or small candies.


Orange Sugar Cookies:

Reduce vanilla to ½ tsp and add 1 tsp orange extract plus ½ Tbsp freshly grated orange rind.

Lemon Sugar Cookies:

Add 1 tsp fresh lemon juice and ½ tsp lemon zest.

Almond Sugar Cookies:

Reduce vanilla to ½ tsp and add 1 tsp almond extract plus 2 Tbsp ground almonds.

Sugar Cookie Mini Tartlets:

Roll cookies on the thin side, then layer two with 1 Tbsp mincemeat or pie filling in between, and seal edges with a fork.

Thumbprint Cookies:

Roll cookies on the thick side, make a slight indentation with a thumb, and place a spoonful of no-sugar-added fruit preserves in the indentation.

Linzer Cookies:

Cut smaller shapes out of the half of the larger ones, and, after baking, spread fruit preserves over one whole cookie, dusting the one with the cutout with powdered sugar, then place on top so jam shows through.


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      Stephanie 5 years ago from Canada

      Great recipe! Love finding low fat and low sugar cookies that are yummy! I have shared this with my readers and voted it up! :) Take care!

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      Nina 6 years ago

      You can also substitute no-sugar-added applesauce for the butter content for a really low-calorie recipe! :)

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      GREAT MEN 7 years ago


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      Ben Guinter 7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Very nice! If you can't resist cookies then lowering the sugar content is one step toward making them healthier...

      But I wonder how these recipes would turn out if you used unbleached wheat flour instead? It'd be a healthier and hardier version that would keep you feeling full longer. Worth a shot!

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      Heather F. 9 years ago

      What a fabulous recipe for low fat/sugar free sugar cookies! I made a regular full fat batch today with my kids and thought there has to be a lower fat version! I am looking forward to trying your recipe. Thank you for sharing :) Your other recipes look great too. Thanks again!!

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      SaraCoutodaSilva 10 years ago from Honolulu