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I’ve told you time and time again, I suck at baking cookies.  Cookies are so much harder to healthify than cakes or other desserts because they require a different ratio of butter:sugar:flour…  or maybe they are so much harder to make because I don’t use butter, sugar or processed flour.
I have always struggled with making cookies, even if I followed a cookbook recipe.  For some reason they just never turn out well for me.  My cookies are usually either muffin-like or cracker-like.  Or they are too dry.  Or they crumble between your fingers.  Or I burn them…  oops.
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But the most irritating cookie-result I come across is when my cookies are soft and chewy when warm out of the oven, but turn into molten rock the second they cool.
But finally, some good news:  these sugar cookies!!  These cookies were unlike anything I have come across in my kitchen before  – a breakthrough, a triumph.  These cookies are soft and moist, and stay like that.  From the cooling rack to the next day.  They are perfectly sweet, ultimately buttery and surprisingly healthy.  They taste like Pillsbury sugar cookies sans the dangerous hydrogenated oils, unhealthy white sugar and bad-for-you bleached flour.  Everyone who tried one of these loved them, from savory-lovers to Pillsbury-lovers!
Soft Sugar Cookies

Yield: ~19 cookies

Ingredients

Instructions

    For the Cookies:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg replacer and water. Whisk in the shortening.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the oat flour, brown rice flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond milk, erythritol and extracts. Whisk the egg/shortening mixture into the almond milk mixture.
  5. Slowly add the dry to the wet while stirring, then fold the mixture well (the dough should look like a thick and fluffy muffin batter, it should not be firm and should not be liquidy)
  6. Scoop chunks of dough and roll into 1.5" balls, then flatten into a patty between your palms, fixing any cracks that may come about on the edges. Place "patties" on the baking sheet and bake for ~10-12 minutes (they shouldn't brown around the edges at all, they should just hold their shape and feel slightly soft when tapped)
  7. For the Frosting:
  8. Stir all the ingredients together and in bowl and spread onto the cookies.

Notes

Store cookies on a tightly covered plate at room temp.

This recipe is: eggless, sugar free, low fat, gluten free, vegan!

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/soft-sugar-cookies/

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I decided to compare the nutrition labels of my recipe and the Pillsbury sugar cookies since they taste so similar.  The Pillsbury nutrition label is on the left,  the DWB label is on the right:

Pillsbury Nutrition Label  DWB Nutrition Label

For two cookies that taste almost identical, the difference between the labels are pretty drastic.  The DWB version has:

  • 80 less calories
  • 3g less fat
  • 2g fiber, unlike the Pillsbury
  • zero grams trans fat, unlike the Pillsbury
  • zero grams sugar, unlike the Pillsbury, which has about 1 tbs of sugar per cookie!

And because the ingredients matter too, I thought I’d share the ingredients Pillsbury cookies contain:
Pillsbury Ingredients

Ahh!  My eyes!  My eyes!

Okay, I’m being a little dramatic, but seriously?  Sugar, bleached flour, hydrogenated oils?  The first 3 ingredients alone can kill you.  I wish I could slap some sense into the old me and tell myself to never eat that cookie dough again, because you know me, I went through package after package of chemically processed sweets!

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And for this reason, I thought I would host another giveaway, this time, for erythritol.  A natural sugar substitute (unlike Splenda, Sweet n Low, Equal, aspartame, etc) that has only 48 calories per cup rather than 768 (!!!) like regular white sugar.  I have been using erythritol for years now with amazing results, in both the kitchen and in my body.  Because erythritol has a low glycemic index, you won’t get a sugar-rush and sugar-crash, your blood sugar does not spike, and you get the sweet taste without the excess calories!

I am giving away one 16oz bag of granulated erythritol + one 8oz box of powdered erythritol to THREE people!  Yes, three.

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GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!

How to Enter the Giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment!

For Extra Entries:

  1. Follow me on Pinterest  (and leave a separate comment saying you did so)
  2. Like the Desserts with Benefits Facebook page  (and leave a separate comment saying you did so)
  3. Subscribe to DWB posts by email  (and leave a comment saying you did so)

Giveaway Rules:

  • Open to US residents only
  • Giveaway begins now and ends 2/28/13 at 11:59pm  (I will use this program to choose the winners)

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!

The Winners:
winner 1
Winner #1:  Laura J
winner 2
Winner #2:  Nicole
winner 3
Winner #3:  Kira
Congratulations to those who won and thank you all for entering the giveaway!  There are many more to come  :)4

Labels: Brown-Rice-Flour, Cookies-and-Crackers, Eggless, Erythritol, Gluten-Free, Icings-Frostings-and-Spreads, Low-Fat, Nutrition-Label, Oat-Flour, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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Comments (163)

  1. Allison: February 19, 2013

    Love your website. I have been meaning to try erythritol. Here’s a great opportunity!

  2. Alyssa: February 19, 2013

    I follow you on Pinterest :)

  3. Alyssa: February 19, 2013

    Oh and I love your desserts with healthy benefits, thanks for all the recipes!

  4. Rebecca: February 19, 2013

    I love healthy sugars!

  5. Rebecca: February 19, 2013

    I’m following you on pinterest! http://www.pinterest.com/rebeccaablock

  6. Rebecca: February 19, 2013

    I like your facebook page

  7. Chef Amber Shea: February 19, 2013

    Count me in! I love erythritol, and your recipes that use it.

  8. Chef Amber Shea: February 19, 2013

    I now ‘like’ the DWB FB page!

  9. Linda rose: February 19, 2013

    Love erythritol! Just started using it last month

  10. Miche: February 19, 2013

    These cookies sound as delicious as they are pretty. They look like they would be great to bring to a little boy’s baby shower that I am attending next weekend, and I just might have to go hunt these erythritol items down before the contest is over so I can make it in time! Thanks for sharing :)

    I signed up to receive the e-mails, followed you on Pinterest, and I gave you a thumbs up on Facebook. Good luck to everyone on the giveaway!

  11. Laura J: February 19, 2013

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. I love cookies!

  12. Amanda: February 19, 2013

    What is erythritol made out of? Is it chemically made in a plant?

  13. marlies: February 19, 2013

    I totally agree with you on being grossed out about what I used to eat! Yikes :-/

    These cookies look delicious!

  14. marlies: February 19, 2013

    I already follow you on pinterest :)

  15. marlies: February 19, 2013

    I already like your facebook page :)

  16. marlies: February 19, 2013

    I already get your emails :)

  17. dessertswithbenefits: February 19, 2013

    Erythritol is a naturally-derived sugar substitute that exists in many fruits/veggies, not a manmade/artificial sweetener, like Splenda.
    Here is a good link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythritol

  18. Vicky: February 19, 2013

    I recently stumbled upon your website and it’s really made me challenge my views on the foods I’m eating. Just because something is “lower calorie” doesn’t mean it’s better for me. Thanks for sharing all of this info! (And of course I’d love a chance to win some of your favorite products. I’d love to switch to everything “good” and “honestly healthy” but it’s expensive!)

  19. Vicky: February 19, 2013

    I now ‘like’ the DWB FB page!

  20. Vicky: February 19, 2013

    I’m happily following you and your pins on Pinterest!

  21. Kerry: February 19, 2013

    These cookies look delicious! I’ve wanted to try erythritol for a while, I so it would be wonderful to win this! I stay away from artificial sweeteners, so it would be nice to have a healthier natural sweetener option.

  22. Kerry: February 19, 2013

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  23. Kerry: February 19, 2013

    I subscribe to you posts by email!

  24. Erika: February 19, 2013

    You are amazing! These cookies look fabulous. I’m a little gunshy of new-ish sweeteners, but I’m totally down to try this!

  25. Erika: February 19, 2013

    I’m following you on Pinterest!

  26. Erika: February 19, 2013

    I liked your fb page :)

  27. Erika: February 19, 2013

    I subscribed to your blog by email!

  28. Kira: February 19, 2013

    I’ve wanted to try erythritol but can never find it anywhere. This seems like a great recipe to test it out, thanks!

  29. Kira: February 19, 2013

    I follow you on Pinterest(:

  30. Kira: February 19, 2013

    I receive your emails(:

  31. Jessica: February 19, 2013

    I’ve never tried Erythritol, but I’ve been trying to cut down on how much sugar I use in my recipes!

  32. Jessica: February 19, 2013

    I followed you on Pinterest :)

  33. Jessica: February 19, 2013

    and liked your facebook page!

  34. Judy M.: February 19, 2013

    I have been wanting to try Erythritol for quite some time. This will be a great opportunity to finally do it.

  35. Judy M.: February 19, 2013

    I subscribe to your posts

  36. Liane: February 19, 2013

    I would love to try Erythritol!!

  37. Judy M.: February 19, 2013

    I follow you on pinterest

  38. Judy M.: February 19, 2013

    I like you on Facebook

  39. jessica w: February 19, 2013

    Those look amazing! I have used Erythritol but never the powdered kind, that looks awesome. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  40. jessica w: February 19, 2013

    I Follow you on Pinterest

  41. jessica w: February 19, 2013

    I Like the Desserts with Benefits Facebook page

  42. jessica w: February 19, 2013

    I Am Subscribed to DWB posts by email

  43. AJ: February 19, 2013

    I love your website! I just recently came across it and I plan to try out some of these recipes soon! I love baking but have pretty much given it up since I started eating healthy. It’d be great to start baking again, and baking stuff that’s good for me. :)

  44. AJ: February 19, 2013

    I followed you on Pinterest! (And have been repinning recipes!)

  45. Zoey: February 19, 2013

    These look amazing! I’ve been looking for powdered erythritol for forever.

  46. AJ: February 19, 2013

    I receive your e-mails.

  47. Mila @ Simple Harmonic Motion: February 19, 2013

    Oh.my.stars.pretty.please. I’d bake every damn day if these were in my kitchen.

  48. Mila @ Simple Harmonic Motion: February 19, 2013

    Pinterest Follower Mila C

  49. Mila @ Simple Harmonic Motion: February 19, 2013

    Liked the FB Page :)

  50. AJ: February 19, 2013

    I liked your Facebook page!

  51. Nicci: February 19, 2013

    hi Jessica,
    Do you think I can substitute brownrice flour & out flour with 2 cup whole wheat flour in this recipe?

  52. Nicci: February 19, 2013

    I liked your FB page!

  53. Nicci: February 19, 2013

    I followed you on Pinterest

  54. Nicci: February 19, 2013

    I subscribed to your posts.

  55. dessertswithbenefits: February 19, 2013

    I haven’t tried it but I’m sure the WW flour will work… I would also use 1+3/4 cups of flour, 2 cups might make the cookies dry. I guess you can add the 1/4 cup if the dough seems wet. Good luck!!

  56. Liza McGowen: February 19, 2013

    These look really great. I feel you on the cookie difficulties.

  57. Liza McGowen: February 19, 2013

    Also, I signed up for emails!

  58. Basil: February 19, 2013

    Love all the healthy desserts you post!

  59. Basil: February 19, 2013

    liked your facebook page

  60. Basil: February 19, 2013

    subscribed to your email

  61. Kammie: February 19, 2013

    Yay I hope I win :)

  62. Kammie: February 19, 2013

    I already follow you on Pinterest

  63. Kammie: February 19, 2013

    Already subscribed to your blog but via rss

  64. Kammie: February 19, 2013

    Liked the fb page as Kamila

  65. Helen: February 20, 2013

    These cookies look amazing!

  66. Davida K: February 20, 2013

    Cookies are so hard to healthify, but these look fantastic! Can’t wait to make them.

  67. Rachel H: February 20, 2013

    I’ve used erythritol a few times before, and it works great! Can’t wait try out these cookies. :)

  68. Rachel H: February 20, 2013

    I follow you on pinterest.

  69. shannon c: February 20, 2013

    I’d love to finally try using erythritol :)

  70. shannon c: February 20, 2013

    And I subscribe via email on my Google reader.

  71. Amy: February 20, 2013

    Wow, I had no idea that there was another sugar replacement like erythritol! I only knew about stevia, which has given me mixed results…

  72. bianca @ sweet dreaming: February 20, 2013

    i’d love to try erythritol!

  73. bianca @ sweet dreaming: February 20, 2013

    i follow you on pinterest!

  74. bianca @ sweet dreaming: February 20, 2013

    liked you on Facebook!

  75. Dina: February 20, 2013

    great recipe! i love the frosting. i featured your blog on my blog today. your recipes are great!

  76. Katie: February 20, 2013

    these are making my mouth water while I sit in class! haha

  77. Katie: February 20, 2013

    oh, and I follow you on pinterest

  78. Christin@christinjoyful: February 20, 2013

    wow those cookies look great! I would love to win and try the recipe! :)

  79. April: February 20, 2013

    I love your blog so much! Thanks for the giveaway!

  80. April: February 20, 2013

    Already following on FB!

  81. April: February 20, 2013

    Already on Pinterest!

  82. April: February 20, 2013

    Already subscribed!

  83. Shelley: February 20, 2013

    Great recipe, i’d like to try it soon(: i can’t find erythritol anywhere! so it would be fantastic if i win this(;

  84. Shelley: February 20, 2013

    Oh yeah, and i’ve been following you on pinterest(love that site!)

  85. Ellen: February 20, 2013

    Oh wow! These look delicious. I keep meaning to order some erythritol!

  86. Ellen: February 20, 2013

    Also I followed you on pinterest!

  87. Ellen: February 20, 2013

    Aaand I liked you on facebook!

  88. Ellen: February 20, 2013

    Finally, I subscribed to your email list ;)

  89. Stephanie: February 20, 2013

    I used to looove those soft Lofthouse sugar cookies from the supermarket before I started eating clean — THANK YOU for providing a healthy alternative!

  90. Stephanie: February 20, 2013

    p.s. I am following your Pinterest boards!

  91. Ashley: February 20, 2013

    Love your site! Every time I’m at the health food store, I remember that erythritol is on my list of things to pick up that I want to try… it’s kind of expensive, so…hope I’m the winner! :)

  92. Heather: February 20, 2013

    soft sugar cookies are my FAVE! i’ve been trying to find a good GF recipe for a while – the ones i make usually turn crisp…love that these are ALSO sugar free!

  93. Julia: February 20, 2013

    Those look awesome! If only I had the ingredients… :(

  94. Carly: February 20, 2013

    I’ve seen xylitol everywhere, and I thought stevia was the fad…hmm you’ve definitely intrigued me to do some research on what the difference is!

  95. Carly: February 20, 2013

    I also follow you on Pinterest now!

  96. Carly: February 20, 2013

    I like you on facebook!

  97. Carly: February 20, 2013

    And of course I subscribed by email! Your new blog looks awesome and you’ve been having such great giveaways!

  98. Jessica: February 20, 2013

    These look delicious! I absolutely love all of your recipes!

  99. Jessica: February 20, 2013

    I’m following on Pinterest!

  100. Jessica: February 20, 2013

    I’ve subscribed via email!

  101. Annette: February 20, 2013

    I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time; I just never got around to ordering some.

  102. Annette: February 20, 2013

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  103. Annette: February 20, 2013

    I liked the Desserts with Benefits Facebook page.

  104. Annette: February 20, 2013

    I subscribed to DWB posts by email.

  105. Karen: February 21, 2013

    Love the store cookies with that thick sugary icing, but they always were too much. I definitely am going to try making them at home soon!

  106. Karen: February 21, 2013

    Follow Desserts with Benefits by e-mail

  107. Karen: February 21, 2013

    Follow Desserts with Benefits on Pintrest

  108. whitney: February 21, 2013

    Wow! Great giveaway..I hope I win!

  109. Nicole: February 21, 2013

    Hey Jessica!
    I am constantly amazed by how much you know about the science of foods to completely recreate recipes and still get amazing results! I was wondering, in your recipes where you use brown rice flour, can I sub with another flour or is that pretty essential to the recipe?

  110. Nicole: February 21, 2013

    Also, I follow you on Pinterest :)

  111. dessertswithbenefits: February 21, 2013

    Many gluten free flours can replace brown rice flour (like sorghum flour, more oat flour, quinoa flour, etc), I just like the mild flavor of brown rice flour. I find sorghum flour to be a little bitter, so I only use it in recipes with strong flavors, such as chocolate or cinnamon. The same goes with quinoa flour. Oat flour is very mild, but when it is used as the one and only flour in a recipe, it makes whatever you are baking smell like oatmeal… which isn’t bad necessarily, just not authentic. You can experiment using other flours if you like, but I would avoid coconut flour because it absorbs so much liquid :)

  112. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance: February 21, 2013

    I’d love to win these sweeteners, as I don’t like using sugar but would like to try some more baking!!

  113. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance: February 21, 2013

    I follow on Pinterest!

  114. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance: February 21, 2013

    I like you on Facebook!

  115. Haley: February 21, 2013

    I follow you on pinterest!

  116. Haley: February 21, 2013

    I would love to win some healthy baking supplies!

  117. teddi: February 21, 2013

    I have tried coconut sugar, but not erithritol ( sorry if I botched that spelling!). I,d love to give it a go!

  118. teddi: February 21, 2013

    Subscribed!

  119. Maura: February 21, 2013

    These look yummy!!!

  120. Joyce: February 21, 2013

    I’ve been subscribed!

  121. Joyce: February 21, 2013

    And I’ve liked your Facebook page!

    (and just by the way, I’ve really always loved your pictures)

  122. zosia: February 21, 2013

    Beautiful cookies!

  123. zosia: February 21, 2013

    I like DWB on Facebook!

  124. Jordan D: February 21, 2013

    I love your healthy dessert recipes, they always taste amazing. I use splenda baking blend usually, but I’d love to try the erythritol! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  125. Jordan D: February 21, 2013

    I follow you on pinterest
    pinterest.com/jmosh

  126. Jordan D: February 21, 2013

    I like your page on facebook, too :)

  127. Gina: February 22, 2013

    These look great, I am constantly searching for new gluten-free sugar cookie recipes without refined ingredients!

  128. Annmarie: February 22, 2013

    Yea!! I love DWB I always follow you on pinterest!

  129. Annmarie: February 22, 2013

    I subscribed to your blog! I’m excited to see all the yummy desserts you’ve made!

  130. Rosalind: February 22, 2013

    I also struggle with cakey (healthified) cookies! these look great though :)

  131. audrey: February 22, 2013

    I would love to win!

  132. audrey: February 22, 2013

    I follow you on Pinterest

  133. audrey: February 22, 2013

    I like you on FB

  134. Katie Kohn: February 22, 2013

    Been reading since it was chockolawty! Loves.

  135. Katie Kohn: February 22, 2013

    Facebook like.

  136. katherine d: February 23, 2013

    super fantastic giveaway!

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  137. katherine d: February 23, 2013

    like you on fb

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  138. katherine d: February 23, 2013

    follow on pinterest @kad5243

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  139. Kelsi: February 23, 2013

    Never tried Erythritol, but I’m always looking for new and healthier sugar substitutes!

  140. Ttrockwood: February 23, 2013

    I love cookies! Would be awesome to try this!!

  141. Ilanore: February 23, 2013

    AAH! We don’t have powdered erythritol here in a small town, so it’d be an honor! DWB is extravagent, and follong on pinterest: Spree Guanta

  142. Robyn J: February 23, 2013

    I would love to try those sweeteners.

  143. Robyn J: February 23, 2013

    I followed via email.

  144. Julie: February 23, 2013

    Love your blog and also follow you on Pinterest! Thanks for great recipes that work.

  145. Julie: February 23, 2013

    Follow you on Pinterest.

  146. Julie: February 23, 2013

    Also just “liked” your Facebook page, didn’t know you had one. Thanks.

  147. Elspeth: February 23, 2013

    Hi Jessica,

    I am trying to figure out when I should powder granulated erythritol for a recipe. In some recipes I can detect a grainy texture and in others I can’t.

    Love your blog! I make Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Shortbread Bars on a regular basis!

  148. dessertswithbenefits: February 23, 2013

    Hi Elspeth,
    For the frosting, you can powder the erythritol yourself if you want but I always buy it powdered. I can never get the fine texture like storebought out of my own food processor, and I usually process the erythritol for a couple of minutes. Maybe a tablespoon of cornstarch will help the powdering process. I get my powdered erythritol here:
    http://www4.netrition.com/zsweet_zero_cal_sweetener.html
    The cookies don’t need powdered erythritol and they don’t have a grainy texture :)
    And I’m so glad you like the PB&C Shortbread Bars! I love those too ;)
    -Jess

  149. Liz G: February 24, 2013

    Hi! I am just so excited I found your website! you are SO inspiring and I am so excited to never bake bad things again! yahoooo! The first thing I need to do though is buy the pantry staples…these ingredients would really be a great start! Take care!~!

  150. Maria B.: February 24, 2013

    I don’t think I’ve seen erythritol in the stores around here. I might have to take a closer look when I’m shopping next time.

  151. Maria B.: February 24, 2013

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  152. Tamar: February 25, 2013

    Love your blog :) Thanks!

  153. Crystal: February 26, 2013

    I love your blog!

  154. Crystal: February 26, 2013

    Liked on FB!

  155. Crystal: February 26, 2013

    followed on pinterest!

  156. Brooke Guevara: February 27, 2013

    wow, what a great sugar cookie recipe and an awesome giveaway! as a college student I often want to buy these great sugar replacements..but they can just get rather pricey. It would be so great to win this! thanks again for the opportunity. keep up the great work with your healthier desserts (:

  157. Alex: February 28, 2013

    I liked your facebook page! Love your blog.

  158. Sarah: February 28, 2013

    Wow! Those cookies look exactly like those soft sugar cookies you can buy at the store! Except I can eat these without the sugar rush. Awesome!

  159. Maren: March 1, 2013

    I had no idea what erythritol was until I came across your blog!
    I’m so glad I did. You have a wonderful way of connection with people and you seem very dedicated to your craft.
    Thanks for this new adventure for me!!

  160. Maren: March 1, 2013

    And I just like you FB page!!

  161. Sapna: July 9, 2013

    Would it be a straight swap for the same amount if I used butter instead of the shortening? I avoid sugar and gluten, but I personally don’t think anything is wrong with butter (in reasonable amounts).

  162. dessertswithbenefits: July 9, 2013

    Sapna- I think butter would replace the shortening no problem :)
    I agree, I think butter is perfectly fine as long as it is organic or hormone-free and if you don’t have high cholesterol or are at risk for heart disease… I just try to avoid it in my recipes because high cholesterol and certain diseases are so prevalent these days :(

  163. April: November 15, 2013

    I just made these and they are really delicious! However mine are grainy (not in a bad way- almost as though I put in cornmeal or something) and quite crumbly. No chew about them at all. I didn’t have butter extract so they don’t taste buttery but with the frosting they are really delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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