Healthier Sugar Cookies

This is the season when the holiday goodies are everywhere.  It’s hard to resist those delicious looking sugar cookies. That is why I created a healthier sugar cookie option.

When I was pregnant with my first daughter, Meadow, I had envisioned the days when I would get to make holiday cookies with her.  Now, at three, she is able to help a bit.  She loved helping me roll out the dough and cut the pieces out.  That is why they may not look perfect.  Sometimes, as a mom, you need to just let that go and let them make their imperfect cookies. 🙂  I knew I was making memories for her.

Healthier Sugar Cookies

Healthier Sugar Cookies

Prep Time 70 min Cook Time 7 min Serves 18 Cookies     adjust servings


  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 T applesauce
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg (I used a flax egg)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Soften the coconut oil and place it in a large mixing bowl with the sugar and applesauce.
  4. Mix until smooth.
  5. Add in egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  6. Slowly add the flour and mix just until everything is combined.
  7. Gather dough up in a ball, wrap and throw into the fridge for at least an hour.
  8. Roll out dough on a floured surface, cut into shapes and place onto a lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake for about 5-7 minutes. Enjoy!


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16 thoughts to “Healthier Sugar Cookies”

  1. Well, it seems I have all the ingredients except for the coconut sugar. I have never seen that before. Is it in liquid or crystalized form? Where would I find it in the grocery?
    1. It is in crystals. I get it at Sprout's which is our local farmers market. You can find it in Whole Foods as well or whichever health food store is near you. It is just a less processed form of sugar. It should be in the section with all the sugars in the grocery store.
    2. Those times when our children are geittng along and helping one another are a joy and a treasure. As your father would say, these times make fantastic memories .
    1. Sure. I just used gluten free because I had bought some to make a gluten free recipe for a family member on Thanksgiving. Normally, I would have used all spelt.
  2. Are these chewy or crunchy? Im going to try them with using all homemade gluten free baking blend...Hope they come out good!!
    1. They are chewy. I hope you like them! It was one of my earlier recipes and I want to go back and try it again myself.
  3. I was getting ready to try this since I am looking for a healthier sugar cookie for the holidays, and I just noticed in the directions it stated to mix the oil with the sugar and the coconut yogurt. I didn't see coconut yogurt listed in the it the applesauce instead? I am looking forward to trying them :)
    1. Yes! I used to use coconut yogurt, but now I replace it with applesauce. The coconut yogurt contains carrageenan and that's why I avoid it. :( I updated the directions so they will seem less confusing.
  4. Hi Melissa, would love to make these for the holidays. What can I sub the spelt flour for? Doesn't have to be gf. Thanks so much & Happy holidays!

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