Whole Wheat Cut Out Cookies Recipe

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My whole wheat cut out cookies recipe has arrived!!

Cut-out cookies are a staple during the holidays. You can’t walk into a single bakery this time of year without finding a beautiful batch staring back at you from the display case.

Clean Eating Cut Out Cookies Recipe

Many kitchens, especially those with kids running around, generally cannot get through the holiday season without producing at least one batch either. It just can’t be helped. Cookies are an integral part of the holiday season.

I have been trying for at least a year, probably longer, to come up with a clean eating cut out cookie recipe. I tried many batches and got many different results.

Finally, I found a book called Sweet and Natural by Meredith McCarty. I fell in love with this book. With the exception of maybe one or two recipes, the entire book is filled with clean baking recipes!!

So I gave one of her cookie recipes a try and while I liked the outcome, it wasn’t quite what I was going for. So I tinkered around with the recipe a bit, and this is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy them as much as Mini Chef and I did!

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Whole Wheat Cut Out Cookies Recipe

Clean Eating Cut Out Cookies Recipe

Whole Wheat Cut Out Cookies Recipe

Cutout cookies don’t have to be a totally unhealthy indulgence during the holidays. With this recipe, you can feel a little better about what the kids (and you!) are having for treats.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 18 cookies, approximately, depending on size of cutouts
Calories: 66kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (affiliate link) + extra on reserve
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • ΒΌ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl except for the egg. 
  • Crack the egg into a separate bowl and whisk with a fork. Set aside.
  • If the dough is so wet that it is sticking to your fingers, knead in some extra flour, 1 tbsp. at a time until you have a soft dough that doesn’t stick. (I used an extra 2 tbsp.) If it’s too dry, add a little more oil.
  • Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters.
  • Transfer cookies to a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Brush cookie tops with egg wash. (you can use a whole egg or just the egg white. I used the whole egg but only used about 1/4 of the beaten egg for brushing on the cookies. No egg gets added to the dough. It’s just for brushing on right before baking.)
  • Bake for approximately 8-12 minutes, or until cookies have a nice, golden glow.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 58mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Kristine – Thanks! It is a tough one. But this one seems to do pretty well. Hope you like them!

    1. Briana Palmer says:

      I am going to try these this year. I don’t have that oil though. Would coconut oil work? I think I will use your glaze that you posted for the pumpkin donuts, and add a little food coloring to it! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait! Also, if I added some vanilla extract, how much should I add?

      1. graciouspantry says:

        Yes, you can switch oils. For the vanilla, it depends on how strong you want the flavor. But anywhere from 1/2 to 1 tsp. should do the trick. Enjoy!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Carole – Never!!! I do not own a can of Crisco and I never will!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Xrossx – Wonderful! I hope you enjoy them!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Laurie – Wonderful tip! Thanks!

  5. Not only is the recipe very simple, but it seems not too hard. Thanks so much! I can’t wait to try them.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Sylvia – I hope you enjoy them!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Thank You! Where do you buy the whole wheat pastry flour?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Stephanie – I buy mind in bulk at Whole Foods. However, Bob’s Redmill is the most popular brand. You can check out their web site to see where they sell near you.

  7. Can you make these without the oil or with a substitute for oil? My DH can’t have any fat (for health reasons)

    1. Anonymous says:

      Jen – You could try it with apple sauce, but I have my doubts.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Laurie – Wonderful!!! Yes, you can. Enjoy!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Blakleigh – Fabulous!! I’m so happy you enjoyed them!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Jennifer – It actually might if you get the consistency just right with the flour.

  11. I’m making these tomorrow! I know white frosting isn’t “clean” at all but do you think these could be frosted (and decorated by my mini chef)? πŸ™‚

    1. Anonymous says:

      Shiva – Certainly!

  12. out of honey! can i substitute agave?

      1. How about maple syrup?

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Claudia – You mean in place of the honey? It could work, but the cookies will be less sweet.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Sherrette – then something didn’t get measured correctly. The ratios are off. You have too much dry and not enough wet. Did you add extra flour?

  14. Anonymous says:

    EHF – That’s fantastic! And such great decorating ideas!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Kaitlin – Hmmmm. Sorry about that! I can’t imagine what might be going on there unless something was mismeasured. I will make them again to see if there is an error with the recipe. But I know some people have made these with success.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Holly – Glad you enjoyed them!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Sherrette – Hmmm. I’m sorry they didn’t turn out for you. Hopefully it will go better next time.

  18. graciouspantry says:

    Sophie – You can try it, but I’m not sure how the texture of the cookie will turn out. WHITE whole wheat flour would be a safer bet here.

  19. graciouspantry says:

    Thanks for the tip!

  20. graciouspantry says:

    That’s one I haven’t tried yet. I imagine you could sub with either xylitol or sucanat (if you blend it fine) and make as usual. But I’m not sure on that one. I’ve never made fondant. I’ll have to try it though!

    1. Ifigeneia Theochari says:

      Thanx a lot.. I will try it very soon πŸ˜‰

  21. My girls & I love this recipe! We decided to try something new & added two tablespoons of cocoa powder for chocolate cookies! They turned out yummie! Thanks for such a great recipe… I looked everywhere for a clean version of ‘sugar’ cookies & found your website. What a treasure mine! πŸ™‚

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Thanks so much! I’m so happy you enjoyed them!

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  23. graciouspantry says:

    Awww, that’s awesome! I hope she enjoys them!

  24. graciouspantry says:

    Glad you enjoyed them!

  25. We made these this morning and I am in love!!! Thank you so much for your recipe! The girls loved ‘testing’ the dough and it was so easy to make. I used regular white whole wheat flour and didn’t do the egg wash so we could decorate them later. Thank you everyday for your recipes and blog!

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  27. My final batch is in the oven! I was able to make 40- 2″ star cutouts with this recipe. My batch required me to add more flour but I chose to do this as I rolled out the dough each time. I’m not sure how much more I added in the end of it all. I did use vegetable oil instead of safflower just because that is what I had. According to my calculations, each 2″ star cookie is 28 calories. and 1 g of fat. The cookies have a nice sweetness to them and are tasty plain without any frosting. I am tempted to drizzle Nutella onto them though. I think this is a perfect cookie with tea or coffee.

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  29. graciouspantry says:

    Sorry, typo on my part. All fixed now. πŸ™‚

  30. These cookies were very tasty! My little chef and I had a fun making them. He loves helping me in the kitchen. He’s 4.5.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Fantastic! πŸ™‚

  31. Can I use olive oil in place of safflower oil? I haven’t had an luck finding safflower oil yet.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I wouldn’t go for olive oil on this one. You’ll taste the oil. Use a lighter flavored oil. Almost anything other than olive.

  32. Kari Penner says:

    Just wondering what your clean eating guidelines are…I am skeptical (admittedly) about safflower oil (trans fat) and wheat flour (your body turns it to sugar in 8 seconds when you eat it). I mean no disrespect, but I find a lot of people claiming “clean” but the ingredients are questionable.
    Regards, kari

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      You can use whatever oil you feel comfortable with. My recipes are very versatile. And I don’t use refined wheat flour, I use only whole grain. If you definition of clean is different than mine, it would not surprise me. Everyone brings their own rules and ideas to the table when eating clean. The important thing is to do what is right for you and your own body.

  33. Debbie cashin says:

    Do you have any suggestions for decorating these cookies?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Debbie – Depends on what you are looking for. If you mean a traditional icing that you can design with and let harden, no. I’m sorry. But if you don’t mind going outside the box a bit, you can top with sucanat, nuts, or even clean frosting.

  34. Angela Bergeron says:

    Could I use butter, coconut oil or grapeseed oil in place of safflower oil. I’m not even sure what that is or where to get it, but I have the other 3 around all the time. Would it change measurements?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angela – Sure! I think grapeseed would be the best sub here. Butter would be my second choice. Coconut oil is great but it tends to harden too quickly and that makes it hard to properly mix in.

  35. Would you recommend melting the butter or just letting it soften if using butter instead of oil? Thanks! πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Megan – I would just let the butter soften. I don’t think you have to melt it. Let me know how it turns out!

  36. Is whole wheat flour ok, or must i be whole wheat pastry flour?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amye – you can use regular whole wheat, but the cookies will end up being much more dense and “bready” than if you use the pastry variety. A good middle ground is White Whole Wheat.

  37. Stephanie says:

    Is the cinnamon added for flavor? Can I omit it?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stephanie – You can omit it, but I recommend adding some other sort of extract or flavoring. These would be a little bland without.

  38. Can you leave out the honey? Would you need to substitute it for something?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – The honey is the sweetener. Without it, you would have something that tastes closer to a biscuit. It also accounts for a certain amount of needed liquid in the recipe. Could you use maple syrup instead? What is it you are trying to avoid?

  39. Can I make these ahead of time and refeigerate them fir a few days ?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelsey – Absolutely!

  40. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. Wholesome and tasty alternative to the regular rollout cookie. You definitely need to add more flour when rolling out. For anyone without whole grain baking experience – roll out the dough quickly or the dough won’t stay pliable.

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