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Low Sugar Festive Spiced Cookies – The Perfect Holiday Cookie

There is a perceptible change in my house that announces Christmas is coming. I play my favourite festive playlist  on repeat (Folksy Christmas on Spotify if you’re looking for a good one). My oven seems to be permanently on and a cookie production line manifests in my kitchen. This year I have created my own healthier version of a sugar cookie recipe – Festive Spiced Cookies. Festive Spiced Cookies are refined sugar free and freezer friendly. They hold their shape well so perfect for cutters. They make a beautiful homemade gift,

If you do a quick Pinterest or Google search you will soon see there are a gazillion recipes for sugar cookies. So why should you try mine? Well because they are soo good! The spices are delicate but are all things Christmas. But the best bit is that these are better for you that a lot of the cookies out there. My Festive Spiced Cookies are refined sugar free and only contain a third of a cup of maple syrup. They are a delicious, low sugar, fun and festive holiday treat for your kids. I call that win/win! These cookies are made for cutters – they hold their shape really well and they are great for decorating.

The other thing I love about these cookies – they freeze really well and even after defrosting retain their crispiness. And this means you can make a batch or three in November and have these ready to go for gifting in December. If your social calendar in December is anything like ours you want to be able to prep in advance. And because they are low sugar they are great for class parties or to give as gifts.

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Festive Spiced Cookies

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  • Author: Bernadette - Goodie Goodie Lunchbox
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 41 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category: baking


These Low Sugar Festive Spiced Cookies are the perfect edible gift. This simple recipe will be a favourite with your family and because they are low in sugar they are are fantastic for class parties at Christmas.


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (fresh if available)
  • 100g butter softened
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat your oven to 180c and line your baking tray
  2. In a large bowl with an electric beater mix the butter until it’s pale and light
  3. Add the maple syrup and egg and beat into the mixture
  4. Add the baking powder and spices and mix well
  5. With a spatula, carefully stir through the flour and mix into a dough, being careful not to overmix
  6. Turn out, bring together in a ball and wrap in glad wrap and chill in the fridge for around 20 minutes
  7. When the dough has chilled roll the dough out and using cookie cutters cut the cookies from the dough
  8. Bake each cookie for around 6-8 minutes until lightly golden
  9. When the cookies are cold decorate with royal icing if desired


These cookies freeze well so perfect for preparing in November ready for the busyness of Christmas. Defrost at room temperature for around 20 minutes before eating.

I hope you enjoy making these with your families!

Happy Christmas Baking!

Bernadette x


  1. Hi..can we use almond flour?

  2. Hi, do you think i can replace the butter with same amount of coconut oil? Im looking for a dairy free low sugar xmas cookie. Thank you!

    • I haven’t actually tried making these dairy free. I think you could do it one for one. I’d be interested to hear how you get on, and I think I will try a dairy free variation too! Happy baking, Bernadette x

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