Sugar cookies are versatile. With most recipes you can use cookie cutters to make fun shapes or pictures. You can eat them without frosting. Though I prefer them with some sort of topping. Though the name sugar cookie implies the use of some sort of refined sugar. Imagine my delight when I found a recipe that used no refined sugar.
While searching for no refined sugar recipe I found this Honey Sugar Cookies on the Back Road Bloom blog. I just had to try it out. Originally I was not going to add any frosting because I did not have the cream cheese put in the frosting recipe. Instead I added cinnamon and nutmeg to give flavor. At the last minute before serving, I found a coconut sugar recipe from A Healthy Life for Me blog that I added. Here is my version of sugar cookies.
A delicious cookie that mimics sugar cookies without the refined sugar.
- 1 cup butter/margarine
- 9 tbsp honey (that’s 1/2 cup +1 tbsp)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour (add an extra tbsp if needed)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 tbsp milk (add more if needed)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed util well combined
- Add egg and vanilla and mix well
- Add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg
- Mix until well combined. The dough should feel almost sticky yet nothing comes off on fingers
- Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 min
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- When dough has chilled remove from fridge
- Roll out to desired thickness, most cookies are about 1/4 inch thick
- Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes and place cookies on parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are just barely starting to turn golden.
- Frost when cooled if you like.
- Whisk together the coconut sugar, flour, milk, and vanilla until smooth
- Spread or pour on cookies
First I tasted a cookie without the glaze. It tasted pretty good. I could taste a little cinnamon. Unfortunately the sugar cookies were a little dry. That’s when I decided to add the glaze. The glaze elevated the cookie. The sugar cookie was no longer dry and had an added depth of flavor.
I tested the cookies out on my husband, children and a few friends. My husband had the opportunity to taste the cookies without the glaze and agreed they were a little dry. He loved the added glaze. My children loved them, as did our friends. One friend commented that they tasted like Christmas cookies.
These sugar cookies turned out really well. They were delicious and easy to make. As a bonus they kept there cut out shapes better than any other sugar cookies I have tried. My husband commented that they tasted really good and like sugar cookies even though he knew they had no refined sugar. I have to admit this recipe and glaze wins. I will definitely make them again. Maybe I will make them especially as Christmas goodies.