A close-up view of healthier lemon-ginger cookies with a drizzle of white icing on top, presented in a baking tray.

Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies Recipe | Chewy and Crispy Delights

Who doesn’t love a good cookie? Especially when it’s a delightful combination of chewy and crispy. Enter the Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies—a new twist on an old classic. These cookies boast a tender texture, vibrant flavor, and added goodness that make them a treat worth savoring. Perfect for any occasion, they promise to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping things a bit more wholesome.

The Best Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies

These Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies are a standout in the world of desserts. With the zing of fresh lemon zest and the warm spice of ground ginger, they offer a unique flavor profile that’s both refreshing and comforting. Plus, they’re made with whole wheat flour and canola oil, giving them a nutritious edge without compromising on taste.

Notes on Ingredients

  • White Sugar: Provides the essential sweetness that balances the tart lemon and spicy ginger.
  • Canola Oil: A heart-healthy fat that keeps the cookies moist.
  • Molasses: Adds depth and a rich, caramel-like flavor.
  • Whole Wheat Flour: A healthier alternative to all-purpose flour, adding fiber and nutrients.
  • Ground Ginger: The star spice, offering warmth and a slight kick.
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda: Essential for the perfect rise and texture.
  • Lemon Zest: Infuses the dough with bright, citrusy notes.
  • Icing Sugar, Margarine, Lemon Juice, Low-Fat Milk: Components of the lemon glaze that add a sweet, tangy finish to the cookies.

How to Make Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Combine the sugar and canola oil in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the molasses and egg; beat until fluffy.
  4. Stir in the whole wheat flour, ground ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest. Mix until well combined.
  5. Scoop teaspoonfuls of dough using a small cookie scoop; place them 2 inches apart on an insulated baking sheet and flatten slightly with a spatula.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until the edges just start to brown. Do not overbake.
  7. Cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely, about 8 to 10 minutes more.
  8. Prepare the glaze by mixing icing sugar, margarine, lemon juice, 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest, and 2 tablespoons of milk. Adjust the consistency with more milk if needed.
  9. Drizzle the glaze onto the cooled cookies.

How to Serve Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies

Serve these cookies as a delightful snack with a cup of tea or coffee. They’re perfect for dessert platters at parties or as a wholesome treat in lunchboxes. The vibrant lemon glaze not only adds flavor but also makes for a beautiful presentation.

How to Store Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies

Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. If you want to keep them longer, you can freeze the cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to three months. When ready to enjoy, thaw them at room temperature and, if desired, refresh them in a warm oven for a few minutes.

Nutrition Information

NutrientAmount per serving% Daily Value*
Calories141.46 kcal7%
Total Fat5.4 g8%
Carbs23.26 g9%
Sugars16.11 g18%
Protein1.18 g2%
Sodium62.9 mg3%
Fiber1.26 g5%
Saturated Fat0.54 g3%
Trans Fat0.11 g
Monounsaturated Fat3.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat1.57 g
Cholesterol6.92 mg2%
Calcium24.52 mg3%
Magnesium19.85 mg5%
Potassium93.9 mg3%
Iron0.6 mg4%
Zinc0.32 mg3%
Phosphorus40.5 mg6%
Vitamin A10.58 mcg1%
Vitamin C0.52 mg1%
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)0.03 mg3%
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)0.03 mg2%
Niacin (Vitamin B3)0.55 mg3%
Vitamin B60.05 mg3%
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)3.67 mcg2%
Vitamin B120.02 mcg1%
Vitamin D0.05 mcg1%
Vitamin E0.92 mg8%
Vitamin K3.96 mcg5%
Nutrition Information for Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies

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

FAQs About Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies

Can I use all-purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour?

Yes, you can substitute all-purpose flour, but the nutritional profile will change slightly.

Can I use fresh ginger instead of ground ginger?

Fresh ginger has a different moisture content and intensity, so it’s best to stick with ground ginger for this recipe.

What can I use instead of canola oil?

You can use any neutral oil, such as vegetable oil, or even melted coconut oil for a different flavor profile.

How do I prevent the cookies from spreading too much?

Ensure your dough is properly chilled and avoid overbaking. Using an insulated baking sheet also helps control the spread.

Freshly baked healthier lemon-ginger cookies drizzled with lemon glaze

The Best Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies

Discover the perfect balance of chewy and crispy with our Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies recipe. Packed with flavor and wholesome ingredients, these cookies are a delicious twist on a classic treat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Cookie Plate
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Cookies
Calories 141.46 kcal



  • 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


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • 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.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until edges just start to brown, 12 to 15 minutes; do not overbake.
  • Cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool, 8 to 10 minutes more.
  • 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.


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.
Keyword chewy cookies, Crispy Cookies, Lemon-Ginger
Healthier Lemon Ginger Cookies

Enjoy baking and savoring these Healthier Lemon-Ginger Cookies, a perfect balance of wholesome ingredients and delightful flavors!

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