Foodie Tips

Granulated Sugar Substitutes for Cookies 

Cookies make up the list of the easiest treats to prepare. Not only does its shelf life lasts for days, the ingredients needed to make a simple cookie recipe can be readily available. One of the primary ingredients of this yummy treat is granulated sugar. It takes a few cups of sugar to make brown and crisp cookies. But sugar is also essential in several household needs, and running out of sugar is highly possible. 

If you need tasty substitutions for granulated sugar, check the list below, and you may find one or two right in your pantry. 

Granulated Sugar Substitutes 

Quick Substitutes 

*Brown Sugar 

Brown sugar tops the list of granulated sugar substitutes because it gives the same sweetness and can be readily available in the kitchen. You can replace one cup of granulated sugar with a cup of light or dark brown sugar. It can give cookies a darker look and a denser consistency.  

*Coconut Sugar 

Coconut sugar is made from coconut palm sap and comes in crystallized form, too. You can use a 1:1 substitution with granulated sugar and still get the same flavor and tenderness. 

Liquid Sweeteners 


Did you know that honey never expires? Yes, you read that right. It is an ingredient you can store as long as you can in your pantry and can substitute your granulated sugar need. You can replace 3/4 cup of honey with every cup of white sugar. You can get a unique flavor in your cookie and a healthier alternative. 

*Agave Syrup 

Agave syrup or agave nectar is from a succulent plant called agave. Like honey, it is a natural sweetener that has a thick consistency. For every cup of white sugar in your recipe, replace it with 2/3 cup of agave syrup. This alternative can change the tenderness and browning of your cookies; thus, you need to reduce your liquid ingredients by 3-4 tablespoons and your oven temperature by 25%. 

*Maple Syrup 

Maple syrup is another liquid sweetener alternative. You can replace 3/4 cup of maple syrup with every cup of white sugar. Make sure you use genuine maple syrup and not pancake syrup. Because it is in a liquid state, you should reduce your other liquid ingredients by 3-4 tablespoons and your oven temperature by 25%. 

Whether you run out of sugar or look for a last-minute alternative ingredient, using any of the above substitutes can guarantee you the same tasty treat. So the next time you bake some cookies, feel free to try these options.