Recipe: Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies for Santa

Recipe: Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies for Santa

Prep: 20 minutes; Cook: 12 minutes; Chill: 4 hours.

Recipe makes 24 (3 inch) cookies

Help keep Santa’s heart healthy this year with a plate of delicious, festive sugar cookies topped with a sweet, lemony glaze. By using egg whites and minimal butter, you can keep saturated fats and cholesterol low. A touch of whole-wheat flour adds a fiber and nutrient boost. Win-win!

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract


  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

How to Make It:

Step 1

For cookies, whisk together 1/4 cups flour, 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in a medium sized bowl.

Step 2

Beat butter and sugars together in a separate medium sized bowl until fluffy and light. Scrape down sides and bottom of  the bowl. Add the egg white, vanilla and almond extracts then beat until combined.

Step 3

Add flour mixture and stir until incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours.

Step 4

After 4 hours have passed, preheat oven to 325°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 5

Dust a work surface with flour. Roll dough out on the work surface to a 1/4-inch thickness. Use festive cookie cutters to cut shapes in the dough and gently transfer them to baking sheets.

Step 6

Bake cookies for 12 minutes or until set but not browned. Remove cookies from oven and cool for 5 minutes or so.

Step 7

For the icing, whisk together all the icing ingredients (listed above) in a large bowl until completely smooth. Mixture should have consistency of a glaze. (If it’s too thin, add a bit more sugar. If it’s too thick, add a few more drops of lemon juice.)

Step 8

Transfer icing to a pastry bag (or a zip-top plastic bag with a small hole in one of the bottom corners). First, outline the cookie or desired design, then fill it in. Let icing harden before serving. Garnish with sprinkles or festive design.


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