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The Calories in a Sugar Cookie

author image Nina K.
Nina K. is a Los Angeles-based journalist who has been published by,, Healthy Living Magazine, Organic Authority and numerous other print and web publications. She has a philosophy degree from the University of Colorado and a journalism certificate from UCLA.
The Calories in a Sugar Cookie
Christmas tree shaped sugar cookies on a wooden table. Photo Credit: SumikoPhoto/iStock/Getty Images

Traditional sugar cookies are packed with butter -- and of course, sugar -- so they're relatively high in calories. Like most cookies, these treats are best reserved for special occasions because they provide relatively few nutrients despite the heavy calorie load. To help maintain a healthy diet, look for reduced-calorie cookies or make them at home using leaner ingredients.

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The calorie count depends on the product, but the average store-bought sugar cookie contains about 72 calories per piece. The average cookie baked from commercially prepared dough is similar, at 73 calories per cookie. You may also find reduced-calorie sugar cookies at the market, which contain about 30 calories per cookie. If you're baking your cookies from scratch, look for recipes that use trans-fat-free vegetable spread instead of butter. One version from "Good Housekeeping," which also uses healthy whole-wheat flour, contains just 35 calories per cookie.

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