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Guilt-Free Lemon Sugar Cookie Bites Recipe

Updated on March 2, 2017
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Glimmer has been writing recipes online for almost 5 years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

Guilt-Free Lemon Sugar Cookies are perfect for people looking for a lower calorie sweet treat. Less than 100 calories for 2 cookies.
Guilt-Free Lemon Sugar Cookies are perfect for people looking for a lower calorie sweet treat. Less than 100 calories for 2 cookies. | Source

In my seemingly never-ending quest to lose weight, I am always on the hunt for low-calorie recipes that will satisfy my sweet tooth. This is definitely one of those recipes. It's a simple sugar cookie that has been bumped up to another level by the addition of lemon juice and zest. It also has a dash of nutmeg, which gives the cookie an interesting taste twist.

You'll find the easy to follow recipe and step-by-step photo instructions below. At the bottom of the page, you'll also find a quick and easy glaze recipe in case you want to add a decorative drizzle to the cookie.

In about half an hour, you'll have warm, soft, lemony cookies that are only 88 calories per serving. An added bonus about this recipe is that most people already have the ingredients they need in their pantry, so you won't have to make a special trip to the store.

These sugar cookies are stepped up a level with the addition of lemon juice and zest.  It's a delicious treat for those of us watching our diet.
These sugar cookies are stepped up a level with the addition of lemon juice and zest. It's a delicious treat for those of us watching our diet. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 8 min
Ready in: 18 min
Yields: 48 cookies, 2 per serving

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest, a little less for a milder lemon flavor

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. Cream together the margarine and sugar. Slowly add in the egg, lemon juice and lemon zest. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix until well incorporated.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. If you don't have parchment paper, use a cooking spray and lightly coat the sheets.
  4. Form 1 inch balls out of the dough. Place on the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Take your thumb and make a gentle indentation.
  5. Bake approximately 8 - 9 minutes, keeping an eye on them during that last minute or so of baking. The cookies should be a light golden brown.
  6. Transfer the cookies from the baking sheets to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 cookies
Calories 88
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Carbohydrates 16 g5%
Sugar 8 g
Protein 1 g2%
Sodium 76 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Ingredients

Everything you'll need to make these cookies.
Everything you'll need to make these cookies. | Source

Step 1

Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside. | Source

Step 2

Cream the margarine and sugar with an electric mixer.
Cream the margarine and sugar with an electric mixer. | Source

Step 3

Add egg, lemon juice and zest to the creamed margarine and sugar.
Add egg, lemon juice and zest to the creamed margarine and sugar. | Source

I'm a big lemon fan so I add 1 1/2 teaspoons of zest, but if you like a milder lemon flavor, you can always cut the lemon zest back to 1 teaspoon. There are also some other options if you aren't huge lemon fan.

Why not try one of the following citrus flavors:

Lime
Orange

Step 4

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix until fully incorporated.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix until fully incorporated. | Source

Step 5

Form 1 inch balls and place them on a prepared baking sheets.  Make an indent with your thumb.
Form 1 inch balls and place them on a prepared baking sheets. Make an indent with your thumb. | Source

Step 6

Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 8-9 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cool cookies on a cooling rack.
Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 8-9 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool cookies on a cooling rack. | Source

Enjoy!

Enjoy these lemony guilt-free sugar cookies with a cup of tea or coffee.
Enjoy these lemony guilt-free sugar cookies with a cup of tea or coffee. | Source
At less than 100 calories for 2 cookies, these Lemon Sugar Cookie Bites are a treat for folks watching their weight.
At less than 100 calories for 2 cookies, these Lemon Sugar Cookie Bites are a treat for folks watching their weight. | Source

These cookies are pretty much perfect like this, but if you want to make them for a special occasion, try adding a simple powdered sugar glaze. Add some food coloring to make the glaze even more special. I think these would be lovely with a pink drizzle for Valentine's Day or Easter. For Christmas, a drizzle of red, green and white would be eye-catching too.

I'm not sure how many calories a powdered sugar drizzle would add, but I don't think it would make a huge difference.

Whether you eat them with a glaze or without, I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does.

Quick and Easy Powdered Sugar Glaze

To make this incredibly easy glaze you'll need about a cup of powdered sugar and some water. Add about 1/2 a tablespoon of water at a time to the powdered sugar and mix in thoroughly. Keep adding water until you get the consistency you desire. If the glaze is too thin, just add a little powdered sugar.

For color, add a couple of drops of food coloring until you get the color you like.

Dip a fork in the glaze and drizzle over the cookies.

Let the drizzle harden, then serve.

What do you think about this recipe?

4.8 stars from 6 ratings of Guilt-Free Lemon Sugar Cookie Bites

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      Susan Zutautas 4 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Can't wait to try these!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Here's the nice thing about being 68....you stop worrying about being your high school weight. LOL And I'm always down for a great cookie recipe, so this is a win-win for me.

      I hope this finds you well. Good to hear from you again.

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      Paul Edmondson 4 months ago from Burlingame, CA

      They look so good!

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      Margaret Schindel 4 months ago from Massachusetts

      These sound light, lemony and scrumptious! And your close-up step-by-step photos of the process are terrific.

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      Donna Herron 4 months ago from USA

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan - Another great recipe with beautiful photos and easy to follow directions! I love lemon in anything, but I'm tempted to try this recipe without the lemon and add almond flavoring with poppy seeds or coconut instead. What do you think? Thanks for posting and sharing!

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      Robin Edmondson 4 months ago from San Francisco

      Yumm, Yumm, Yumm!! I love lemon in cookies and with only 88 calories for two cookies, I'm going to have to try these. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 months ago

      Thanks so much everyone! It's nice to get feedback again. This is my first hub since February 2016. 1 year, wow! These little cookies pack a surprising punch with the lemon so they are a satisfying treat. And @purlagony, I think they'd be really good with almond flavoring. If you add coconut or poppyseed the calories go up, but these are good for people watching their weight and people aren't.

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      oliversmum 4 months ago from australia

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan. Love the look and sound of your Recipe. Will be trying these for sure. Thank you for all the photographs and step by step instructions. :) :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 weeks ago from sunny Florida

      Glimmer

      These look so good...lemon anything is a favorite of mine....hope to give these a try soon.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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