These healthier almond sugar cookies are light and super satisfying!

Healthier Almond Sugar Cookies

These healthier almond sugar cookies are light and super satisfying, making them a better-for-you holiday dessert tray options.  
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 76kcal
Author Alyssa


  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, chopped
  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting


  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter, egg, vanilla extract, almond extract, honey, and lemon juice. Add sugar to bowl with butter mixture and mix until well-combined.
  • Pour wet ingredients into bowl with the flour mixture and stir until everything is just combined. Stir in chopped almonds until a cohesive dough has formed and all ingredients are mixed. If the dough is still exceedingly sticky, add additional flour a teaspoon or two at a time and mix in. Press dough into a rectangular shape approximately 1" thick and wrap snugly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a nicely floured surface (and with a rolling pin coated in flour), roll out chilled dough to an approximately 1/8" thickness. Cut out cookie shapes and place cookies on the parchment-lined baking sheets. Brush off any additional flour from cookies before baking.
  • Bake cookies for 8-11 minutes, or until edges have slightly browned. Let cookies cool on pan for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to wire rack for cookies to cool completely. Once cookies have fully cooled, dust with confectioners' sugar for serving, or decorate with icing.


Prep time includes approximately 2 hours for chilling.
Adapted from Skinny Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookies by Amy's Healthy Baking.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.1g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 2.6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 5.7g | Calcium: 1% | Iron: 3%