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Healthier Ginger Cookies Recipe! If you are looking for healthy Christmas cookie recipes, this is a great one. It uses whole grain flour and no refined sugar. Everyone loved these and no one had a clue that they were made with healthier ingredients. Win!

Healthy Ginger Cookies


With whole grain flour and no refined sugar, these ginger cookies are a healthier option for your holiday treats.


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2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup vegetables shortening

1 cup coconut sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup molasses

1/4 cup sugar (for rolling the dough in)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the first six ingredients.

3.  In a large bowl, beat together the shortening with a mixer on medium for 30 seconds.  Add 1 cup coconut sugar and beat until combined.  Beat in the eggs and molasses.  Finally, beat in the flour mixture.

4. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and roll them in the 1/4 cup sugar. Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet, 1 1/2 inches apart.

5.  Bake for 8-9 minutes or until the bottoms are light brown and the tops are puffed.  Do not overbake.  Cool on a cookie sheet for one minute, and then gently transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Enjoy!


Note: I haven’t tried making these with coconut oil, but I do think that is a substitution you can safely make. If you don’t want coconut flavor, use refined coconut oil.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 91
  • Sugar: 7.1g
  • Sodium: 53.75mg
  • Fat: 4.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.5g
  • Protein: 1.1g

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