The Ultimate Healthy Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
Yields: 28 heart-shaped cookies
 
This easy recipe yields cookies that taste the same as ones from a bakery or your grandma’s kitchen—but with none of the guilt! They’ll stay fresh for at least 4 days if stored in an airtight container on the counter. If the cookies have been drizzled with the optional icing, store the airtight container in the refrigerator instead.
  1. To prepare the cookies, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, egg, vanilla extract, and butter extract. Stir in the honey and vanilla stevia. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Transfer the dough to the center of a large sheet of plastic wrap, and shape into a 1”-tall rectangle. Cover the top with another large sheet of plastic wrap. Chill the dough for at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  3. Leaving the cookie dough between the sheets of plastic wrap, roll it out until ⅛” thick. Lightly flour your cookie cutter, and press it into the dough, making sure each shape lies as close to its neighbors as possible to minimize unused dough. Peel the unused dough away from the shapes, and place them onto the prepared baking sheets. Reroll the unused dough, and repeat.
  4. Bake the cut out cookie dough at 350°F for 8-10 minutes. (The rerolled dough may require a little less time.) Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To prepare the icing, stir together the confectioner’s style stevia and milk in a small bowl. Spoon into a zip-topped bag, and snip off the corner. Pipe onto the cooled cookies.
Notes: Whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour may be substituted for the white whole wheat flour. Regular whole wheat flour may be substituted in a pinch, but the cookies will have detectable “wheat-y” taste.

Coconut oil may be substituted for the butter, but the cookies will have a prominent coconut flavor.

Vanilla extract may be substituted for the butter extract, but the cookies will not have the same iconic taste.

You cannot substitute additional honey for the vanilla stevia because cookies require a precise balance of wet and dry ingredients. However, you may substitute ½ cup + 2 tablespoons (120g) coconut sugar (or granulated sugar, if you aren’t concerned about keeping these cookies clean eating friendly) for both the honey and stevia, but the cookies will appear “speckled” if using coconut sugar because it doesn’t dissolve as well.

This is the exact cookie cutter that I used.

I recommend re-rolling the scraps of cookie dough only once. If you re-roll the scraps too many times, the cookie dough becomes tough and the baked cookies won’t have the same soft and chewy texture.

Any milk may be substituted for the nonfat milk.

As written, the icing recipe only yields enough for a “minimalist” decorated appearance. If you like more icing, feel free to make more!

{clean eating, low fat, low calorie, low sugar}
Recipe by Amy's Healthy Baking at https://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2016/01/24/the-ultimate-healthy-cut-out-sugar-cookies/