Healthy Soft Sugar Cookies


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.


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 Healthy Soft 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!

Healthy Soft Sugar Cookies (sugar free, gluten free, vegan)

Yield: ~19 cookies



    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.


Store cookies on a tightly covered plate at room temp.

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


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!


Erythritol is a natural sugar substitute (unlike Splenda, Sweet n Low, Equal, aspartame) 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.


How to Enter the Giveaway:  Leave a comment!

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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)


169 comments on “Healthy Soft Sugar Cookies

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

  2. I follow you on Pinterest :)

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

  4. I love healthy sugars!

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

  7. I now ‘like’ the DWB FB page!

  8. Love erythritol! Just started using it last month

  9. 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!

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

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

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

    These cookies look delicious!

  13. I already follow you on pinterest :)

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  15. I already get your emails :)

  16. 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!)

  17. I now ‘like’ the DWB FB page!

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

  19. 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.

  20. I follow you on Pinterest!

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

  23. I’m following you on Pinterest!

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

  27. I follow you on Pinterest(:

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

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

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  34. I would love to try Erythritol!!

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

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  41. 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. :)

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

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

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  45. I’d bake every damn day if these were in my kitchen.

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

    • dessertswithbenefits

      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!!

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