Whether you are currently watching your weight or simply trying to manage your health over the holidays, replacing a favorite recipe with a health-conscious version is a smart idea. For a diet-friendly cookie solution, you can replace sugar with stevia. Not only does the flavor stay sweet, but you can also worry less about savoring your favorite holiday meals when your dessert is healthier than usual.

Simple Stevia S Cookies

When I was growing up, my mom always made the best Italian cookies for Christmas. My favorite cookies (then and still today) are her S cookies, which I loved that she mailed me when I started spending the holidays away from her home. This year for the first time, I decided to make a sweeter, vanilla-flavored version of the cookies for the holidays.

A Twist On A Classic Italian Favorite

Although I grew up eating traditional S cookies, I wanted to make something that had a wider appeal. Usually what you find with the traditional cookies is that they have a tart, almond flavoring, and some don’t have the sweet icing. Since many people prefer super sweet cookies when they are indulging over the holidays, I came up with a version that keeps the unique S shape but adds a sweeter flavor.

To make a lower calorie version, you can use SweetLeaf Sweet Drops, a natural sweetener that comes in a Vanilla Creme Flavor. I replaced 3/4 cup of sugar with only 3/4 teaspoon of liquid concentrate for a small, guilt-free batch that you and your family can devour in one day. Then, you don’t have to worry about snacking on cookies incessantly over the holidays, since they’ll be gone.

Theresa's Reviews - Simple Stevia S Cookies

When you make the cookies, they have a sweet, vanilla flavor that is different from the traditional almond flavor. I liked the vanilla. Since it has been years since I had a traditional S cookie, I didn’t have the traditional version to compare it to so I could decide which one I liked more.

Theresa's Reviews - Simple Stevia S Cookies

Now, you still have to indulge a little to make the powdered sugar frosting and for the sprinkles. I have seen stevia powdered sugar in the store, but since I didn’t have any on hand, the below picture shows what the recipe looks like with regular powdered sugar.

Theresa's Reviews Stevia S Cookie Recipe
This recipe makes a delicious cookie! I liked using the stevia not only to add sweetener, but also to add flavor. Having flavored sweetener is convenient and tasty. Although the traditional S cookie is spectacular, this was a nice modern version that can appeal to people who aren’t accustomed to eating Italian cookies.

Simple Stevia S Cookies Recipe

To come up with my recipe, I used my mom’s original recipe, but I cut the recipe size into one-third of what she called for, and then I substituted the sugar for the stevia.


  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • Red and green sprinkles


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix baking soda and milk. In a separate bowl, mix margarine with Sweet Drops™. Add the eggs, baking soda, milk, and flour. Mix and refrigerate for one hour.

Knead and roll the dough, making S-shaped cookies. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool.

Mix all the frosting ingredients, except the sprinkles. When the cookies have completely cooled, brush frosting onto the cookies. Add the sprinkles before the frosting dries.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 219
  • Carbs: 32g
  • Fats: 9g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Sodium: 409mg
  • Sugar: 9g


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About The Author

Theresa has been writing since 2010 in magazines and online. Her lifestyle and parenting expertise has been featured in publications, including ShopSmart and Scholastic. She earned an M.Ed in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt as well as a BA in History from Flagler College, and she is a certified teacher.

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8 Responses

  1. Hanka

    Oh, in the Czech Republic we also have S cookies – they resemble me my childhood. But we never baked them, only buy – maybe high time to try! Thank you for the idea! 🙂

  2. Hetal

    Ugh..I’m a sucker for Italian Cookies! So smart to use Stevia! It means I can eat a whole lot more then hahha

  3. Amanda

    I’ve wanted to try any of the Sweet Leaf products. There are so many different ones on the market. Your review helped me decide. I’m going to try the drops first.

  4. Allison

    These look so delicious! I love making cookies this time of year, and love trying new recipes! I will try this one.

  5. Jordan D.

    I’d love to try any of the flavors of the 50ml Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops! They would all be perfect to sweeten and flavor my daily iced coffee, and would be easy to keep in my purse when I’m on the go! Thanks for the chance to win!


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