Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

Thanksgiving is almost here, and now is the perfect time to start rolling out the gingerbread recipes!  Here’s a healthier version of an old favorite, the gingerbread cookie.  The gingerbread cookie is a great recipe to do with your kids.  My daughter, Meadow, helped me make and cut these gingerbread cookies out.  She also dumped flour all over my kitchen counter and spooned handfuls of dough in her mouth when she thought I wasn’t looking.  Gotta love kids.

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Gingerbread Cookies - My Whole Food Life

Most gingerbread cookies I have made in the past end up hard as rocks.  I love that these cookies are a bit on the softer side.  Probably due to the applesauce I put in them.  These cookies have very little fat and contain no processed sugar so feel free to have a few!

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

Prep Time 2 hr Cook Time 8 min Serves 18 Cookies     adjust servings



  1. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl.
  2. Mix wet in another.
  3. Add dry to wet and mix only until combined.
  4. Remove the dough from the bowl and cut into two equal parts.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350.
  7. After two hours, remove the dough from the fridge.
  8. Roll the dough onto a floured surface until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Please use additional flour if necessary.
  9. Cut dough into desired shapes and place them onto a lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes and then let them cool a bit before removing.
  11. Set them aside to completely cool before decorating. Enjoy!


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117 thoughts to “Healthy Gingerbread Cookies”

  1. Made these today and they were brilliant! Beautifully soft and tasty. Used plain whole wheat flour and decorated with dark chocolate which made me even more delicious. Love the recipe x
  2. I am constantly searching for healthier cookie & muffin recipes ... for my one-year-old, and for me, since I'll eat more than he does :) but I want to keep his sugar to a minimum. These were fantastic - made plenty, and the dough was very pliable and cooperative (I was very generous with the applesauce). Thank you!
  3. your blog has the simplest easy to follow healthy recipes ,I come here for all my healthy alternatives ,I hope this turns out as good as it looks
    1. Did you sub the coconut oil for the applesauce or just add it to the original recipe? I wanted to use some as well but wasn't sure how to.
    2. Did you sub the coconut oil for the applesauce or just add it to the original recipe? I wanted to add coconut oil as well but wasn't quite sure how to.
  4. hello. I made these today but now I’m very concerned about what Casper wrote about flax eggs. I make a lot of your recipes and they are all great! But most of your baked recipes are with flax eggs… Did you get any additional information about it? Read more at
  5. What is the caloric count of these cookies? I plan to try them, however we cannot get flax egg here in Israel. I'll use normal eggs. Thank you. My husband is diabetic and we are vegetarians.
    1. I'm not sure the exact amount, but you can upload the recipe into my fitness pal to get a rough estimate. Real eggs work great too! :)
  6. Love this recipe! Do you think it would work to substitute Honey for the maple syrup, and if yes, would the ratio be 1:1? Thanks

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