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Healthier Sugar Cookie Cutouts - A fun and lightened up recipe perfect to make with kids! @cookinrd -

Healthier Sugar Cookie Cutouts

  • Author: Sara Haas


Less sugar and whole grain flour helps make these sugar cookies the perfect little treat.



For the Sugar Cookies

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the Strawberry Icing

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
  • 23 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons powdered freeze-dried strawberries*


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the baking powder, flours and salt. Set aside.
  2. Beat the butter in a large mixing or in the bowl of a stand mixer until fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until sugar is well incorporated, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the vanilla extract then gradually add the dry mixture and beat until combined.
  4. Divide dough in half and shape into two discs. Wrap each disc in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 375’F and line 2-3 large sheet pans with parchment paper.
  6. Remove dough from the refrigerator, dust a clean counter top with flour and roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using your favorite cookie cutters, cut out cookies and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 8 minutes, or until golden. Cool on racks. Repeat the process with remaining dough.
  7. Once completely cooled, ice the cookies.

Strawberry Icing For Cookies

  1. Mix all ingredients together, thinning with extra milk, if needed.


  • *You can find freeze-dried strawberries in the dried fruit section of your grocery store. To turn into a powder, either blitz in a coffee or spice grinder or place in a plastic bag and roll over with a rolling pin.
  • This makes 88 cookies when using a small cookie cutter. Note amount will vary based on the size cutter you use.


  • Serving Size: 88
  • Calories: 39
  • Sugar: 3
  • Sodium: 16
  • Fat: 1
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 6
  • Protein: 1
  • Cholesterol: 8

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