Healthy Soft Sugar Cookies (and Some Handy Hints for Thanksgiving!)
Healthy Soft Sugar Cookies — sweet, buttery, rich and delicious, you’d never know they’re made without the refined flour, butter, and yes, sugar! 😳😁
Sugar free, gluten free, dairy free and vegan SUGAR COOKIES?!?
I’ll take 7 😍
Cookies are very difficult to “healthify” compared to other desserts like cake and ice cream since they require a specific ratio of butter:sugar:flour. Or, maybe they’re just difficult for ME to healthify because I don’t use butter, sugar and flour.
I’ve always struggled with baking cookies… they either turn into soft and puffy muffin tops or crunchy cracker thingies. They’re either to moist or too dry. Or they crumble between your fingers. Or I burn them (oops).
But finally, some good news: these Healthy Soft Sugar Cookies!
These cookies are a breakthrough. A triumph 🙌
They’re soft and chewy, sweet and rich, addictive yet satisfying… and surprisingly healthy. They taste like Pillsbury sugar cookies sans the dangerous hydrogenated oils, unhealthy white sugar and bad-for-you bleached flour.
As a baker and food blogger, my kitchen is constantly pumping out yummy new treats. True story, one day I made 2 layer cakes, a batch of brownies, and 3 batches of cookies 😳
I live alone, though, so it’s physically impossible for me to eat all of it in time before it’s no longer good for consumption.
Thank goodness for freezers, and thank heavens for Hefty® Slider Freezer Bags 🙏
Cookies and bars and brownies store amazingly well in the freezer. Just stick ’em in a bag and place them in the freezer! When you want a cookie without the hassle and commitment of baking an entire batch, just grab one from the Freezer Bag, place it on a plate, and pop it in the microwave for ~20 seconds.
BOOM. “Freshly baked” cookie in literally 30 seconds 👌
It’s super easy to freeze other foods, besides these ahhhmazing cookies, too — from pie doughs to dinner rolls to cranberry sauce! Here’s a little helpful guide to make Thanksgiving prep a little easier:
I think this guide might help us ALL maintain our sanity during the cooking-for-Thanksgiving-dinner chaos.
Bake some of these deliciously sweet and chewy, secretly healthy Soft Sugar Cookies ahead of time for Thanksgiving this year! Simply store the freshly baked (and cooled) cookies in a Hefty® Slider Freezer Bag in the freezer for up to one month.
Healthy Soft Sugar Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
- 180g (1½ cups) Oat Flour
- 96g (½ cup) Granulated Erythritol (or dry sweetener of choice)
- 1 tsp Double-Acting Baking Powder
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 112g (½ cup) Coconut Oil, soft
- ¼ cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, room temperature
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 tsp Natural Butter Flavor
- 1 tsp Stevia Extract
- 30 drops Almond Extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the oat flour, erythritol, baking powder and salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla extract, butter flavor, stevia extract and almond extract.
- Dump the dry ingredients over the wet ingredients and fold together. Fold until the mixture can form into a dough ball (it will look sticky at first, but then the oat flour will absorb the liquid and turn into a play-doh/cookie dough texture).
- Use a medium cookie scoop to portion out the dough onto the prepared cookie sheet. Roll the dough portions into balls, then use your fingers to press them into patties. Form them just a tiny bit thicker and smaller than you prefer your cookies -- they spread out a little. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until baked through (when you tap the center of the cookie, it should be soft, but shouldn't leave a permanent fingerprint indentation).
- Slide the parchment paper off the cookie sheet and let the cookies cool completely. Serve immediately, or transfer them to a Hefty® Quart Size Slider Freezer Bag and store in the freezer for up to one month. To thaw, place the Hefty® bag in the fridge overnight. For a "freshly baked" cookie straight from the freezer, place a cookie on a plate and microwave for ~20 seconds!
Here is the recipe’s nutrition label:
For a cookie that tastes almost identical to a Pillsbury sugar cookie, the difference in health is pretty drastic. Pillsbury sugar cookies have 3g of trans fats and nearly 1 tablespoon of sugar PER cookie, while mine have 0g of both 👌
Are you curious to see the ingredients inside a Pillsbury sugar cookie? Look no further:
Ahhh! My eyes! My eyes! 😖
Like, seriously? Sugar, Bleached Flour, Partially Hydrogenated Oils? The first 3 ingredients alone are incredibly detrimental to your body. I can’t believe I used to eat that crap for the holidays (and any other festivity that included cookies) 😒
Enjoy the cookies y’all! 😘