Weight Watchers Sugar Cookies

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: How to Survive Valentine’s Day on a Diet.

Yield: 28 cookies

Prep Time: 35 min + chill time

Cook Time: 12 min

Weight Watchers Sugar Cookies

When you're watching your calories, it's nice to be able to enjoy a treat or two guilt-free. These cookies are a delicious option.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2/3 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1 large egg white
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring, optional
colored sugar, optional


1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in a medium bowl. In a larger bowl, use electric mixer to blend together sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg white and vanilla, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add flour mixture and the sour cream alternately, beginning and ending with the flour mixture and beating just until blended. Shape dough into a disk and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper (or spray with nonstick spray).

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to a thickness of 1/4-inch. Using a 2-inch cookie cutter (I used a heart, but you can use any shape), cut out the cookies re-rolling the scraps to make a total of 28 cookies. Place cookies 1-inch apart on baking sheets.

4. Bake until cookies are very lightly browned at the edges, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack and cool completely.

5. Prepare icing: In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, water and vanilla. Add coloring, if using. Use a spoon to drizzle icing over the cookies. Add decorative sugar, if desired.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 2 cookies
Calories per serving: 122
Fat per serving: 4g
Saturated Fat per serving: 2.2g
Fiber per serving: .4g
Protein per serving: 2g
Cholesterol per serving: 10.4mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 20g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 3 Old Points Program: 3

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Weight Watchers Magazine)

4 Responses to “Weight Watchers Sugar Cookies”

  1. postedOct 17, 2011 8:31 AM

    These look delicious!
    Do you think it would be possible to substitute the sour cream for vanilla yogurt?

    • October 17th, 2011 @ 9:49 AM

      I’m not quite sure about that… it always works in cakes, but not sure about cookies!

  2. postedFeb 7, 2012 9:37 PM

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I am on Weight Watchers and do not want to sabotage my diet, but definitely will try this recipe! :) I just received my new Stampin’ Up! Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps and I am eager to use them with your recipe! :)

  3. postedJan 12, 2014 9:35 AM
    Ann L.

    I just made these cookies with my girls. Unfortunately they came out hard and dry. Has anyone tried substituting applesauce for the sour cream to increase the moisture in the cookies?

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