Sweeter No-Sugar Cookies

Imagine…sugar cookies without sugar! Doesn’t make sense, right? Well, this recipe is exactly that…a no-sugar sugar cookie. These sugar cookies were discovered when my daughter tested different sweeteners in a sugar cookie recipe. Of course, regular sugar cookies taste better, but these are “sweeter” to me because they are healthier!!!

A bonus when using honey or maple syrup – it requires less sweetener. Usually you can use a ¼ – ½ less of the sugar substitute when you sub in honey or maple syrup for sugar. For example, this recipe called for 1 cup of sugar, but we only used ½ cup of honey.

I was short on time, so I did not try rolling them out and cutting them in shapes. I think it would work…will try that next, but I simply used a cookie baller and dropped them on a cookie sheet and into the oven they went. My son said, “they look like mini scoops of ice cream!” You know – they kind of do!

No Sugar Cookies

Sweeter No-Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 2 dozen


  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Beat the butter in a mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the honey and continue to mix for 1 minute.
  3. Add egg and vanilla.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix well.
  5. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350.
  7. Remove dough from refrigerator. Either scoop dough into 1 inch balls on cookie sheet or roll out and cut into shapes (note: I have not tried baking in shapes yet).
  8. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until slightly brown around edges.
  9. Enjoy as is or decorate (if only we could make icing without sugar!).

Do Ahead Prep

Set butter out to soften.


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