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Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies Recipe

Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies Recipe

I love baking sugar cookies for the different holidays throughout the year. I have amassed quite a collection of cookie cutters. However, I do try to limit the amount of sugar that my family consumes, and my classic sugar cookies have a whopping 200 grams of sugar per batch. I also love experimenting in the kitchen, so I recently played around with my sugar cookie recipe to lower the sugar content. Instead of 200 grams of sugar, I swapped out the full cup of white sugar for 1/3 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce. The modified recipe is pretty close to the classic but contains only about 90 grams of sugar per batch.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • colored sugar

Directions

  1. Cream together the sugar and butter.
  2. Add the vanilla, unsweetened applesauce, and egg to the butter and sugar. Mix thoroughly.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the flours and baking soda.
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients.
  5. Cover the sugar cookie dough and place in the refrigerator for at least three hours.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  7. Roll the sugar cookie dough in a fourth-inch sheet on a floured surface.
  8. Cut the dough using cookie cutters.
  9. Place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  10. Decorate with colored sugar.
  11. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until golden.
  12. Allow the cookies to cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet.
  13. Allow the cookies to cool thoroughly.
  14. Store the lower-sugar rolled sugar cookies in an airtight container.

Butter for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies Sugar for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies

Applesauce for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies Egg for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies

Vanilla for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies Dry Ingredients for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies

Dough for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies Chilled Dough for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies

Cutting the Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies Cut Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies

Decorating the Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies Baked Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies

Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies Tray of Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies

Also try my classic rolled sugar cookies, dairy-free rolled sugar cookies, and gluten-free sugar cookies.

Image Credits

Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies Recipe © 2018 Heather Johnson
Butter for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Sugar for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Applesauce for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Egg for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Vanilla for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Dry Ingredients for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Dough for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Chilled Dough for Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Cutting the Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Cut Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Decorating the Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Baked Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Tray of Lower-Sugar Rolled Sugar Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson

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