ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Best Light Cookie Recipes: How To Make Delicious Light Recipe Sugar Cookies

Updated on March 7, 2011

Revamped Sugar Cookie Recipe

Again the cookbook The Best Light Recipe cookbook from has come through with this 90-calorie version of an all-time favorite. Please note my suggestions below for variations.

Makes 24

NOTE: In order to assure proper cooking, measurement in 1-tablespoon balls is essential and baking only 1 tray at a time as per directions is essential.


  • 3/4 cup (3-3/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups (9-1/3 ounces) sugar - DIVIDED - ONLY 1 CUP FOR COOKIE DOUGH
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten (or 1/4 cup egg substitute)
  • 1 tablespoon (that is correct) vanilla extract but for a variation I have tried almond extract and different flavored extracts for a unique flavor.


  • Adjust oven rack to middle position of oven and heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Whisk the flours, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and 1 cup of the sugar together at medium speed until light and fluffy (3-5 minutes), scraping down the sides of bowl with rubber spatula as needed.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and continue beating at medium speed until combine (30-60 seconds).
  • Add the flour mixture and continue to beat at low speed until just combined (30-60 seconds) scraping down the bowl as needed.
  • Place the remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a shallow bowl.
  • Working with a level tablespoon of dough at a time, roll the dough into 1-inch balls. (If the dough is too soft, refrigerate until it is firm).
  • Carefully roll the balls in the sugar and place them on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2-1/2 inches apart. (You will fit 12 cookies on each sheet)
  • Bake the cookies 1 tray at a time until the edges are light golden and centers are just set (9-11 minutes), rotating the tray halfway through baking. (Do not overbake)
  • Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then serve warm or transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Bake the second tray while the first tray cools.

Cookie Stats

Cal 90
Fat 2.5 g
Sat fat 1.5 g
Chol 15 mg
Carb 16 g
Protein 1 g
Fiber 0 g
Sodium 40 mg

Almond Sugar Cookies

  • Follow the recipe for Sugar Cookies, reducing the vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon and adding 1/2 teaspoon almond extract along with the vanilla.
  • Before coating the cookies, process the remaining 1/3 cup sugar with 1/4 cup sliced almonds in a food processor until finely ground (10-15 seconds).
  • Coat, bake and cool the cookies as directed.


Lemon Sugar Cookies

Lime or orange zest can be substituted as well for the lemon zest.

  • Follow the recipe for Sugar Cookies, adding 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest with the egg.
  • Before coating the cookies in sugar, process the remaining 1/3 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest in a food processor until fragrant, about 10 seconds.
  • Coat, bake and cool the cookies as directed.


Resources and Supplies


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)