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Lightened Up Holiday Cut Out Sugar Cookies

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Lightened up Holiday Cut Out Sugar Cookies made with half the sugar, a blend of healthy flours and are gluten and dairy free adaptable! Bonus – this is a one bowl, no mixer and no chill recipe! 

One of my favorite childhood memories is hosting my friends to decorate sugar cookies.  I love to continuing the tradition with my kids.  This year we are not hosting friends but we are making them all month long!  

While I am totally ok with a lot of sugar for special occasions I don’t love us having it all the time.  So I developed a lightened up version that is healthier for us to enjoy on a more frequent basis. To lightened up these cookies I cut the sugar in half the sugar and used a little less butter (we are not dairy free but personally prefer earth balance dairy free butter).   I have also tested them with their avocado spread and avocado oil.

Healthy Reindeer Sugar Cookies - Photo

Additionally, instead of just all purpose flour I made them with a blend of all purpose and oat flour.  If you are gluten free there is an adaptation to make them with all oat flour.   This does have a slightly different taste which is not my kids favorite.  I actually like it better (more of a whole wheat graham cracker taste).  If you have a gluten free child you could also use a blend of a gluten free 1-1 mix and oat flour.  Even with all of these changes I promise you won’t even notice – especially if you put icing and sprinkles on.  

If you don’t want the mess of icing and sprinkles or want even less sugar – make my easy reindeer cookies!  The addition of the oat flour gives them a slightly darker color which is perfect for these cookies!

Lightened up Holiday Reindeer Sugar Cookies - Photo

AND if you want all the sugar and butter I have an easy one bowl no chill sugar cookie recipe.   

So what are you waiting for – make some holiday cookies this weekend!

Lightened up Holiday Reindeer Cut Out Sugar Cookies - Photo

Lightened Up Holiday Cut Out Sugar Cookies

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keyword:Cookies, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Holiday, Kid Friendly, Kids in the Kitchen


  • 3/4 cup melted dairy free unsalted butter or coconut oil or avocado oil or regular butter * if using all oat flour reduce the butter to 2/3 cup
  • 1/2 cup organic granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 3/4 - 3 cups blend of oat flour 1 1/2 cups and all-purpose flour (1 1/2 cups) It is usually almost 3 cups but I like to add the 3rd cup in slowly as you do not want crumbly dough. I keep about 2 tbsp aside for rolling. ** For a gluten free version you can use 3 cups of gluten free oat flour or 1 1/2 cups all purpose gluten free 1-1 blend + 1 1/2 cups gluten free oat flour


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • In a large bowl melt the butter or coconut oil and let cool for 1 minute
  • Add in the sugar and whisk together
  • Whisk in the egg, vanilla, baking powder and salt
  • Fold in the flour with a spatula 1 cup at a time (I add in the last cup 1/2 of a cup at a time)
  • Don't chill the dough
  • Divide the dough into two balls (or more if using for a party) and roll out to about 1/4" thick on a piece of parchment paper (dust lightly with flour to prevent sticking)
  • Cut out desired cookie shapes and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet (leave room for spreading)
  • Gather the scraps into a ball and re-roll and cut out until all the dough is done
  • Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes
  • Let cool before decorating & have fun being creative - see notes in recipe for an easy 2 ingredient icing or my original no chill sugar cookie for a buttercream icing.


Easy Icing:
2 cups 10x confectionary Sugar
2-3 tbsp unsweetened almond or regular milk 
1 tsp vanilla
1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine
2. It will be very thick! If it is too thin it will run off too much
Buttercream Icing can be found in the notes of this post.  
Did you make this recipe?I would love to see your creations! Snap a picture and tag @kristanwatson or #foodplaygo on Social Media!

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