Healthy Snickerdoodle Recipe

Who doesn’t love a snickerdoodle? Unfortunately, like many cookies, they aren’t the healthiest treat available to you. With that in mind, I set out to modify the traditional snickerdoodle recipe and make it healthier.

Healthy Snickerdoodle Cookies

So how exactly can a cookie be healthy? Well, while I wouldn’t call this a health food, it definitely has fewer insubstantial ingredients than your standard snickerdoodle. The primary exchanges that improve the nutrition of this cookies are replacing ¾ C packed brown sugar with Sucanat and replacing ½ C butter with the applesauce+butter combination (which is why you need the additional tablespoon of flour to combat the additional moisture). This recipe will yield 2-3 dozen depending on how large or small you shape your dough balls.


  • 1 ½ C + 1 tbs whole wheat flour
  • ¾ C Sucanat*
  • ¼ C unsweetened applesauce + 2 tbs butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

*You can also use ½ C + 1 tbs honey and 2 ¼ tsp molasses instead if you want to make a more natural sweetener. If you choose this option increase your flour to 1 ¾ C .


  1. Preheat your own to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine your white sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well; set aside.
  3. Using a pastry cutter (or a fork will do), cream the butter and brown sugar then cut in the applesauce. Beat in vanilla extract and egg. Add your remaining dry ingredients.
  4. Cover and chill for 10 minutes in the refrigerator (this makes the dough easier to handle).
  5. Form the dough into one inch balls and roll them in your cinnamon-sugar mix. Position them two inches apart on a non-stick cookie sheet, then gently flatten them with the bottom of a glass.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.

Nutrition Information Using Sucanat

3 dozen – per cookie

Calories: 40.9, Fat: 0.88g, Sodium: 2.11mg, Carbs: 7.45g, Fiber: 0.59g, Sugar: 6.83g, Protein: 0.87g

2 dozen – per cookie

Calories: 61.34, Fat: 1.33g, Sodium: 3.17mg, Carbs: 11.18g, Fiber: 0.88g, Sugar: 10.25g, Protein: 1.31g

Nutrition Information Using Honey and Molasses

3 dozen – per cookie

Calories: 48.31, Fat: 0.9g, Sodium: 2.51mg, Carbs: 9.65g, Fiber: 0.64g, Sugar: 8.94g, Protein: 0.98g

2 dozen – per cookie

Calories: 72.47, Fat: 1.35g, Sodium: 3.77mg, Carbs: 14.47g, Fiber: 0.96g, Sugar: 13.42g, Protein: 1.47g

Nutrition Information Using Original Ingredients (Butter and Packed Brown Sugar)

3 dozen – per cookie

Calories: 61.96, Fat: 2.77g, Sodium: 3.64mg, Carbs: 8.81g, Fiber: 0.54g, Sugar: 8.16g, Protein: 0.87g

2 dozen – per cookie

Calories: 92.94, Fat: 4.16g, Sodium: 5.46mg, Carbs: 13.21g, Fiber: 0.81g, Sugar: 12.24g, Protein: 1.3g

As you can see, using Sucanat or the honey+molasses combo reduces the number of calories, fat, and sodium per cookie. While only eating one cookie of the unhealthy version won’t ruin your diet, most people can’t stop at a single cookie. Calories add up quickly, so consider giving these healthy snickerdoodle cookies a try instead!