Healthy Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

Healthy Lofthouse sugar cookies that are soft, moist, and cake-like topped with a light glaze and pretty sprinkles. Made with only simple and clean ingredients, these easy sugar cookies are the perfect delicious healthy dessert. Ready in 15 minutes and made gluten-free, low-carb, and grain-free!

Best ever healthy Lofthouse sugar cookies with glaze & sprinkles! The perfect soft sugar cookies recipe by Healthful Blondie.

The Best Ever Healthy Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

I just love love love soft sugar cookies! I have to admit out of all the types of sugar cookies, my favorite is definitely a cake-like cookie. There is just something about a soft pillow sugar cookie that brings me back to my childhood. Plus, every bite just melts in your mouth.

I adapted this soft and healthy sugar cookie recipe from the original Lofthouse cookies you can find in any major grocery store. But, instead of all the preservatives and random ingredients, I opted to only use feel-good and good-for-you ingredients. In fact, this recipe only calls for 10 simple ingredients rather than 25+ ones you can’t even pronounce.

Also, instead of making the classic buttercream frosting, I went for a lighter, sweet glaze on top – making this healthier soft sugar cookie recipe that much better!

In combination with the light glaze, each bite has the perfect about of sweetness. The texture is soft, almost cake. The taste is a light vanilla. Each bite is soft and tender. They are not overly-sweet.

These healthy Lofthouse sugar cookies are going to be your new favorite sugar cookie recipe! One that your family, friends, kids, and relatives will love. I have to admit they are just perfect for athletes and active people looking to stay fit but wanting to enjoy a light dessert! They make for the best healthy Valentine’s Day treat 🙂

Best ever healthy Lofthouse sugar cookies with glaze & sprinkles! The perfect soft sugar cookies recipe by Healthful Blondie.

How I Made These Soft Sugar Cookies Healthier:

These soft and tender sugar cookies are clean, nutritious, and incredibly tasty! To make these copycat healthy Lofthouse cookies, you only need a few very simple ingredients, all of which are healthier alternatives to what you’ll find in store-bought brands. There are no preservatives or random ingredients in this recipe!

Here are three ways that I made these gluten-free sugar cookies more nutritious and health-friendly without taking away from the taste!

  1. Used maple syrup instead of refined sugar. By using this type of healthier sweetener, I am removing all refined sugars, and sweetening naturally!
  2. I used greek yogurt for protein and healthy fats! Also to make these sugar cookies light and soft.
  3. Used almond flour to make these soft sugar cookies gluten-free and low-carb!

Ingredients in lofthouse cookies

You’ll only need a few, simple ingredients to get this easy sugar cookie recipe going! I am all about simplicity and ease, so don’t worry, you won’t need to go to the supermarket and buy a lot of expensive ingredients and spices. You probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry already. For this easy low-carb sugar cookie recipe, you’ll need Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and of course, some powdered sugar!

  • Egg
  • Greek Yogurt (I used 2%) – You can use plain or vanilla flavored. The greek yogurt makes for the perfect pillow sugar cookie and is essential for the soft and moist texture of a lofthouse sugar cookie.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Coconut oil
  • Maple syrup – I naturally sweetened these sugar cookies with maple syrup!
  • Almond flour
  • Coconut flour
  • Baking powder
  • Frosting Glaze: powder sugar, almond milk, food coloring
  • Topping: sprinkles of choice

Easy Ingredient Substitutions for grain-free lofthouse sugar cookies

You guys probably know by now that I love simple and easy recipes! If you don’t love every ingredient in this one, I am here to help you out with a list of the very best substitutions!

2 % Greek Yogurt: Simply substitute with 5% Greek yogurt. You can you a low fat, 0% as well – should work perfectly as well!

Coconut Flour: If you do not have coconut flour, you can substitute with more almond flour 1:3 ratio (meaning 1 Tbs of coconut flour for 3 Tbs of almond flour).

Almond Flour: You can use gluten-free flour here as well!

Best ever healthy Lofthouse sugar cookies with glaze & sprinkles! The perfect soft sugar cookies recipe by Healthful Blondie.

What You’ll Need to Make Healthy Pillow Sugar Cookies

For this easy gluten-free cookie recipe, you’ll only need a couple of kitchen tools making the clean up super easy! You’ll need a mixing bowl to make these vegan sugar cookies and an oven to bake them.

  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Stirring Utensil
  • Measuring cups: 1 tsp, 1 Tbsp, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, 1 cup.
Best ever healthy Lofthouse sugar cookies with glaze & sprinkles! The perfect soft sugar cookies recipe by Healthful Blondie.

How to Make the Best Ever healthy Lofthouse sugar cookies with icing

My favorite thing about this simple and easy sugar cookie recipe (besides the taste of course) is how easy they are to make! This recipe is the absolute perfect healthy dessert; plus, these healthy sugar cookies are grain-free, gluten-free, and low-carb!

First, preheat your oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Next, in a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg. Then, add in the greek yogurt, vanilla extract, melted coconut oil, and maple syrup. Whisk until fully combined.

After that, add in the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda. I used a spatula here!

Once the cookie dough is ready, using your hands, form 18 – 22 balls (about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough) and evenly space them across the lined baking tray. You can make bigger cookies as well (just cook for additional 1 -2 minutes). Gently press down to form a cookie shape.

Bake and make your frosting. The cookies will be pale when you take them out of the oven – do not over-bake!

Once cookies are ready, let them rest for 15 – 20 minutes before icing and decorating.

I highly recommend storing them in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 -6 days!

Best ever healthy Lofthouse sugar cookies with glaze & sprinkles! The perfect soft sugar cookies recipe by Healthful Blondie.

How to Store Extra Healthy Pillow Sugar Cookies

Make extra grain-free soft sugar cookies? No worries, I love to save my extras in a sealed airtight container at room temperature for 4 to 5 days!

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Healthy Lofthouse Sugar Cookies


  • Author: Tati Chermayeff
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 22 cookies 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Healthy Lofthouse sugar cookies that are soft, moist, and cake-like topped with a light glaze and pretty sprinkles. Ready in 15 minutes and made gluten-free, low-carb, grain-free!


Ingredients

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Sugar Cookies:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain (used 2%)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup 100% maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar, optional for sweetener cookies
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp almond milk
  • Food coloring of choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk egg.
  3. Whisk in greek yogurt, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and maple syrup until fully smooth.
  4. Add in almond flour, coconut flour, and baking powder. Mix with a spatula until fully combined.
  5. Form 18 – 22 balls (about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough) and evenly space them across the lined baking tray. Gently press down to form a cookie shape.
  6. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes. They will be pale in coloring!
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze frosting. Divide into smaller individual bowls if using multiple colors.
  8. Let cookies cool for 15 minutes before icing and add sprinkles.
  9. Enjoy!

Notes

Can substitute 2% greek yogurt with 5%. 0% should work as well.

Can substitute coconut oil with melted unsalted butter.

Can substitute almond flour for regular gluten-free flour.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: lofthouse cookies, healthy cookies, healthy lofthouse cookies, gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar free, frosted cookies, healthy sugar cookies, lofthouse sugar cookies, healthy lofthouse sugar cookies, almond flour cookies, greek yogurt, sugar cookies, soft sugar cookies

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5 Comments
  • Nevia
    Posted at 14:45h, 03 February Reply

    Holy cow…. these were so good!!!

    • Tati Chermayeff
      Posted at 14:52h, 19 February Reply

      Nevia, YAY!!! So happy to hear you loved these cookies. They are my fav too.

  • Z
    Posted at 07:52h, 29 March Reply

    These were good and the texture was actually pretty similar to a loft house cookie!
    The only thing is they weren’t very sweet even with icing so I would double the amount of agave next time.
    Used heavy cream in the icing which made it really yummy

  • Lelia
    Posted at 10:24h, 29 March Reply

    Not too sweet, which I personally like! If you like a sweeter cooking a reccomened adding the extra sugar the recipe calls for. The icing was awesome.

  • Meredith
    Posted at 06:53h, 02 April Reply

    Made these with cashew yogurt to make dairy free and added some sprinkles prior to baking. Delish!

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