Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies

Lemon-ginger cookies--a new twist on an old classic. All of the tender texture and good flavor, with added goodness. These are chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
24 cookies



  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup canola oil

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • 1 egg

  • 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 cup icing sugar

  • 1 tablespoon margarine

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ½ tablespoon lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons low-fat milk, or more as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Combine sugar and canola oil in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add molasses and egg and beat until fluffy. Stir in flour, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and 1 teaspoon lemon zest; mix until well combined. Use a small cookie scoop to measure out teaspoonfuls of dough; place 2 inches apart on an insulated baking sheet and flatten slightly with a spatula.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until edges just start to brown, 12 to 15 minutes; do not overbake.

  4. Cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool, 8 to 10 minutes more.

  5. Meanwhile, mix together icing sugar, margarine, lemon juice, 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest, and 2 tablespoons milk for the glaze. Mix thoroughly until desired consistency, adding more milk if needed. Drizzle glaze onto cooled cookies.

Cook's Note:

I bake these on an insulated cookie sheet. If using a regular cookie/baking sheet, you will likely need to reduce the baking time by 3 to 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

283 Calories
11g Fat
46g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 283
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 166mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 187mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love