Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
42 cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

Sugar, spice, and everything nice, that's what these classic cookies are made of! If you're not already sold, these cookies are low in calories and easy to make.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar, stirring with a whisk.

Step 3

Combine 1 cup of sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add the corn syrup, vanilla, and egg; beat well. Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, beating just until combined. Cover and chill for 10 minutes.

Step 4

Combine 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon, stirring with a whisk.

Step 5

With moist hands, shape dough into 42 (1-inch) balls. Roll balls in sugar mixture. Place balls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Flatten balls with the bottom of a glass. Bake at 375° for 5 minutes (cookies will be slightly soft). Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

Ratings & Reviews

Avivale's Review

February 02, 2014
These cookies were the hit of my Super Bowl party. For lower fat cookies, they spread well (though I did make sure to fully flatten them before baking) and had great texture. Crunchy around the edges and soft in the center. Will definitely make these again!

socalswar's Review

January 24, 2014

Jenni408's Review

December 27, 2013
They came out a little gooier than I typically like but they were still good

asward212's Review

April 19, 2013
very easy to make. Great when you need a little sugar but don't want the calories. I cut down on the flour by about 2 tbsp. and they came out wonderful

firedancerk8's Review

November 28, 2012
I am absolutely in love with this recipe. Just made it for the first time and am so impressed at the texture and flavor that I am making a second batch when I get home. They are soft but not too soft and for me, just the right amount of sweet and spice. And the best part is that they are relatively guilt free! As another reviewer suggested, I substituted honey for the corn syrup.

jlang1's Review

December 22, 2011
Every Christmas my dad and I bake hundreds of cookies. We decided to try out some recipes from Cooking Light this year, and by far this is one of the best cookie recipes we have made..EVER! Would definitely make again!

cookfromsocal's Review

November 15, 2011
I have made Snickerdoodles that had more flavor to them. These are good but like more taste in my cookies. Will try some of the others listed in CL.

amodiobat's Review

October 24, 2011

ecumeg's Review

November 04, 2010
All time favorite recipe! Cant wait to start making them this season!!!!!!!!! Once you make bought or knock-off ones will be history!!!!

KChadwick4's Review

August 24, 2009
This recipe turned out great. My husband said they are some of the best he's had. I followed the recipe exactly exept I used honey instead of corn syrup. I will make again!