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Guilt-Free Lemon Sugar Cookie Bites Recipe

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many 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. There are less than 100 calories for 2 cookies.

Guilt-free lemon sugar cookies are perfect for people looking for a lower calorie sweet treat. There are less than 100 calories for 2 cookies.

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 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.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

8 min

18 min

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 them to cool completely.

Ingredients

Everything you'll need to make these cookies.

Everything you'll need to make these cookies.

Step 1

Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.

Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.

Step 2

Cream the margarine and sugar with an electric mixer.

Cream the margarine and sugar with an electric mixer.

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.

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 a 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

At less than 100 calories for 2 cookies, these lemon sugar cookiebBites are a treat for folks watching their weight.

At less than 100 calories for 2 cookies, these lemon sugar cookiebBites are a treat for folks watching their weight.

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 and then serve.

What do you think about this recipe?

© 2017 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 21, 2017:

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

oliversmum from australia on March 02, 2017:

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. :) :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 28, 2017:

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.

Robin Edmondson from San Francisco on February 28, 2017:

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!

Donna Herron from USA on February 28, 2017:

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!

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on February 28, 2017:

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

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on February 28, 2017:

They look so good!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 28, 2017:

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.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on February 28, 2017:

Can't wait to try these!