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Easy Healthy Sugar Cookies

These are the best homemade Soft Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies ever!
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These are the best homemade soft Healthy Sugar Cookies ever! This simple recipe has a life-changing hack to make the sugar cookie dough so easy to roll out.

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Today you can mark it as the day you learn how to roll healthy sugar cookie dough that isn’t rock hard and makes you want to scream.

The word “hero” gets thrown around a lot. In this instance, however, it is earned.

We include sugar cookies in our neighbor and church friends goodie plates (along with My Nana’s Almond Roca, S’mores Bark, Candy Cane Bark, and Old-Fashioned Fudge), and it is usually a fun afternoon of baking for us.

But each and every year I dread the process of rolling out that stupid cold cookie dough. So we hacked the problem!

This healthy sugar cookie recipe has you roll out the dough while it is still easy to work with, and then refrigerate it. I mean really.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Look for whole wheat pastry flour for the best results.
  • You can reduce the sugar down to only 1/4 cup without impacting the texture.
  • Since the dough is very sticky at first, please follow all the notes in the recipe about flouring the parchment and the dough.
  • Take these healthy sugar cookies to the next level with homemade vanilla extract.
  • Use round cookie cutters and make cookie sandwiches with Mocha Frosting or Peanut Butter Frosting between them.
  • If you prefer using sprinkles or flavored sugar, add to the warm dough after they have been baked.
  • Will keep in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to a week. 
  • Cookies need to be stored in an air-tight container to avoid getting stale. If the cookies get left out, check out my tips on how to soften cookies.

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Easy Healthy Sugar Cookies

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Chill time1 hr 40 mins
Total Time2 hrs 9 mins
These are the best homemade Soft Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies ever!



  • Cream the butter, cream cheese, and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy; about 3-4 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, vital wheat gluten, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla, almond extract, and orange zest to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix until incorporated.
  • Add the flour mixture and beat until well combined and the dough is smooth.
  • Place a large sheet of parchment on your counter, and tear off three additional pieces the same size. Set aside. Flour your hands and divide dough into half.
  • Flour the first piece of parchment well, and place half of the dough in the middle. Flour the top of the dough.
  • Work the dough with your hands to lightly press it out in all directions.
  • Place another piece of parchment over the dough.  Using a rolling pin over the parchment, roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Place on a large baking sheet.
  • Repeat with the other half of the dough and the other sheets of parchment, stacking the rolled dough/parchment sheets on the same baking sheet.
  • Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F) and place racks in the top third of the oven. 
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment. Using cookie cutters lightly dipped in flour, cut out your desired shapes.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes or until the edges have turned the slightest brown.
  • Allow cookies to sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Decorate as desired.
  • Store in an air-tight container at room temperature.


Dough is very sticky right after it is made. Make sure the parchment and top of the dough are well-floured prior to rolling between the pieces of parchment. 
If you are planning to use traditional flour, there is no need to add the vital wheat gluten to the dough.
Feel free to sub in lemon zest for the orange.
Recipe inspired by The Slow Roasted Italian.
If you want to use sprinkles and no frosting, add them to the dough prior to baking.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Healthy Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving (2 cookies)
Calories 111 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 80mg3%
Potassium 63mg2%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 comments on “Easy Healthy Sugar Cookies”

  1. I love a soft cookie!5 stars

  2. whole wheat makes so much sense especially when the taste isn’t any different (and many times it better, like these cookies)5 stars