The Best Low-Sugar Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Last Update: June 27, 2023

Equal parts spicy and sweet, a gingerbread cookie is just one of those foods that encapsulates the holidays in a single bite. 

If you’re planning a day of holiday baking but also hoping to cut down on the sugar, this revamped gingerbread cookie recipe offers the same nostalgic flavor, but uses organic molasses and monk fruit sweetener in place of the usual white sugar. 

Low-Sugar Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Yield: About 3 dozen cookies

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total time: 1.5 hours


6 tablespoons butter (or ghee), at room temperature

6 tablespoons Thrive Market Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, at room temperature

1/2 cup Thrive Market Sugar Replacement

3/4 cup (255g) Wholesome Organic Molasses

2 teaspoons Thrive Market Organic Ground Cinnamon

2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

1/2 teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Ground Allspice

¼ teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Ground Cloves

¼ teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Ground Nutmeg

¼ teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Ground Black Pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

3 2/3 cups Thrive Market All-Purpose Flour

1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon Thrive Market Baking Soda


In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter, coconut oil, sugar substitute and molasses until creamy and uniform. Add spices and salt and mix to combine.

Beat in egg, scraping mixture from sides of the bowl.

Add flour, baking powder and soda, and mix until combined. Dough will be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 350℉. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Remove dough from the fridge and roll out to ¼ inch thick, using flour to keep dough from sticking to the rolling pin. Dip cookie cutters in flour before punching out shapes. 

Space cookies out on baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes.

Once baked, allow cookies to cool on a rack completely before icing.

Icing recipe (optional): 

1 cup Wholesome Organic Powdered Sugar 

1 tablespoon milk, plant-based milk, or water

1 teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Vanilla Extract 

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. 

Whisk together until consistency is smooth and there are no lumps. 

Note: If you want thicker icing for piping, use less liquid or add more powdered sugar to reach the desired consistency.

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Amy Roberts

Amy Roberts is Thrive Market's Senior Editorial Writer. She is based in Los Angeles via Pittsburgh, PA.

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