Low Sugar Chocolate Fudge Cookies

I didn’t think I could make it happen. Why did I doubt? Cutting down the sugar in chocolate cookies is entirely possible and now we can all enjoy Low Sugar Chocolate Fudge Cookies!

low sugar chocolate cookies

Now, it doesn’t take much for me to think a treat is “plenty sweet” when, according to my boys, it is only “barely sweet” or “not even sweet.” But who was I to argue when Malachi grabbed the spoon to lick it off before it went into the dishwasher? I mean, it did look lickable.

Then when the cookies were done baking and all the boys wanted to try one, who was I to argue? I warned them. I told them the cookies might have more of a dark chocolate taste as opposed to a super sweet chocolate cookie they might be expecting.

You should have heard Malachi when he tried his first cookie. Actually, maybe you did. He was pretty loud. “Mmmm! Mom, these are so good! They taste like a brownie!” The brothers agreed.

Of course then I assumed maybe they’d be too sweet for me. I mean, if my boys thought they were great, that just might mean I’d go straight from one bite to migraine in a matter of minutes. Before trying one myself, I double checked, “Are they going to be too sweet for me? Are you sure I can eat these?” They assured me that the cookies weren’t too sweet, they just tasted good.

They were right.

This is how we know we have a winning recipe: when all the people eating it don’t realize or care that the sugar has been cut drastically and they just happily eat all the cookies like it’s just a “normal” treat.

As always I come back to the question: WHY IS THERE SO MUCH SUGAR IN ALL THE RECIPES???

Not only do we not need it, we don’t even need it. What I mean is: Our bodies don’t need the sugar overload AND treats don’t need as much sugar as we think they need in order to taste good. I’m learning that 1/2 cup of sugar is enough when a recipe calls for 1 1/2 or 2 cups. That’s a drastic cut in sugar without compromising taste.

This calls for a cup of coffee. What better way to celebrate the eating of Low Sugar Chocolate Fudge Cookies?

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Low Sugar Chocolate Fudge Cookies
Serves: 24-30
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • ½ cup sucanat or brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2⅓ cups whole wheat pastry flour (give or take)
  1. Stir together melted butter, sucanat, and cocoa powder.
  2. Add eggs, baking powder, and vanilla, mixing well.
  3. Mix in flour until your dough has reached a nice consistency (moist but not runny).
  4. If you've added all the flour and the dough is still too runny, add a little more or chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour.
  5. Scoop 1" sized cookie dough balls onto a cookie sheet.
  6. Bake in a 350° oven for about 10 minutes.

Low Sugar Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Now of course you’ll want our other Low Sugar Cookie recipes:

You should also be very excited because I don’t think it will be difficult at all to tweak this a little bit and make Low Sugar Brownies. You can bet I’ll be working on that after these cookies are gone from my house which will likely be sometime in the next couple of minutes.


  1. Diane says

    I’ve recently been caring for a Senior family member, and it’s been painful, because, no matter how hard I try, everyone has an opinion or accusation of what I’m doing wrong (though NO ONE else wants to care for this person, because they are uncooperative and belligerent). I am writing all this to say: In the midst of this current pain, your posts ALWAYS make me smile, laugh, relax. From a fellow coffee- and chocolate-lover: THANK YOU.


    Laura Reply:

    I’m encouraged that you are encouraged. Rest in the truth that you are serving God while serving your loved one, and pleasing Him is the only One that matters. Hugs to you. :)


  2. Kari Coppinger says

    I have whole wheat pastry flour coming with my Azure order tomorrow!


    Laura Reply:

    Ooh, yay! You’re going to love it!!


  3. says

    I made these for my kids for snack today. I didn’t have pastry flour but had whole wheat white (Wheat Montana) and they turned out well. I did double the coconut sugar and added a cup of it. Coconut sugar doesn’t seem to be quite as sweet as brown sugar and I don’t have sucanat. They turned out perfect for my kids. They like sweets, but this mama doesn’t like to give them overly sugary things. Thanks for sharing this recipe!


  4. Lillian says

    As much as butter costs these days, can I at all reduce the butter in these, with, say, half applesauce?


    Laura Reply:

    Good idea, but I’m just not sure how they’d work. It’s worth a try as I think they’ll still taste good. I’m just not sure they’ll hold up in a cookie shape. :)


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