Low-Fat Holiday Sugar Cookies

Low fat holiday sugar cookies recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 30 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
53 Calories
3g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 30
Amount per serving
Calories 53
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 66mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 17mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

With almost half the butter of most sugar cookies, you can treat yourself to one of these low-fat holiday cookies without feeling too guilty. Top with sprinkles before baking or add a glaze afterward using confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, and some food coloring.


  • 5 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for low-fat holiday sugar cookies
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  2. Using a mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy.

    Beat butter and sugar
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  3. Add the egg and vanilla, mixing well.

    Add eggs and vanilla
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  4. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually stir the flour mixture into butter and sugar until dough forms. Don't worry if the dough seems a little crumbly at first; it will come together.

    Whisk together flour
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  5. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for two hours in the refrigerator.

    Wrap dough in plastic
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  6. Heat the oven to 350 F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/4-inch or 1/8-inch thickness.

    Roll out dough
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  7. Use holiday cookie cutters dipped in flour to make cutouts. Gather scraps and re-roll until all the dough is used.

    Cut out flowers
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  8. Place cookies 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Wait 1 minute and then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Place cookies on parchment
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  9. Serve and enjoy!

    Low fat holiday sugar cookies
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  • Store tightly covered for up to two weeks.