Low Sugar Cookie Recipe

Hey Green Americans, remember me? I’m the editor who bragged about kicking her sugar addiction. Well the sugar-free fast is no more. While I don’t eat much sugar nowadays, every once in a while I do break down.

I’m not proud. But because of the fast, normal desserts are just too sweet for me. So, instead of making a straight-up batch of cookies when my inevitable fall to delicious cookie temptation occurred, I made a low-sugar variety.

To compensate for the decrease in sweetness, I added more vanilla extract, and a dash of cinnamon. I’d really love to do a vegan version of this, and I’m planning on trying out a low sugar version of this vegan cookie  recipe next.

Ingredients:low sugar cookie recipe

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar*
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract*
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon*
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate*
  • 1/2 cup broken walnuts

* Starred ingredients are moderately common in Fair Trade form.


You know the drill: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then grease the cookie sheet unless you want to live dangerously. Mix the wet ingredients together in one bowl, and the dry ingredients together in another bowl. Then mix them together. Warning: if the butter is too hot, it will melt some of the chocolate chips (you can see by my photo that this happened to me).

Final word of warning: don’t go eating three times as many cookies just because it has 1/3 less sugar. That sabotages the whole effort.

“I’d never do that!” you say.

Yes you would. These cookies are so darn good.


  1. Please use your ingenuity to create easy to make treats with low sugar and NO wheat. Wheat is the addictive cause of sugar craving. Look at the stores, it is in all processed foods. Aldi, parent of Trader Joe’s. sells corn chips with wheat in them. Aldi is an Italian company. Italy has one third of school kids allergic to wheat. Don’t be afraid to go against wheat, there is plenty left to eat.

    • Hi Karen, I’ve never had much luck with no-wheat baking. Do you have a cookie recipe that’s worked well for you? I’d love to try it — especially if the wheat substitute isn’t too hard to find. I live in a bit of a food desert.

      • I have lived in too many real deserts: too hot to run an oven so I have never been much of a baker. The point of eating no wheat for me is to get off of sugar which I did. There are plenty of other snack things to eat that are sugary like fruits and nut butters mixed with honey and something to thick like ground flax seed or milk powder…….no baking. Almond meal and coconut flour are easy to get by ordering from Bob’s Red Mill. And remember no wheat is no the same as no gluten. Corn and rice are OK if they are organic.

  2. Your cookie may be low on sugar but it is loaded with saturated fat, cholesterol and carcinogens from dairy and not to mention animal cruelty. I do like your suggestion of making it vegan, no saturated fats, no cholesterol, no carcinogens and best of all no cruelty!

  3. I also forgot to mention that you cookie recipe is not green or environmentally friendly either. Using animal derived ingredients are also the most devastating to the environment. Do it vegan……

  4. I have been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this website. Thanks , I will try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your site?

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