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Healthy Christmas Cookies

Recipes for Lighter, Leaner and More Nutritious Cookies for the Holidays


Whether you're on a sugar-restricted diet, want to avoid packing on the pounds or just want to give your kids food that has nutritional value, these healthy Christmas cookies are for you. These recipes feature cookies that are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats and low in sugar.

Try them all, and be sure to write reviews.

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
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These 5-star cookies are soft, chewy and full of good-for-you things, like bran flakes, oats, walnuts and dark chocolate chips. They also have less sugar than most chocolate chips cookies, but you won't miss it. I've made these cookies for my kids' friends loads of times, and they all gobble them up and ask for more!

See also How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wedding Cookies with Oatmeal

Wedding Cookies
Stephanie Gallagher
To say these cookies are good for you would be a bit of a stretch, but they are a bit healthier than the typical Mexican wedding cookies. This version has oats, walnuts and whole wheat flour for added fiber and heart-healthy fats. To add even more nutritional value, use a grass-fed butter (high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats).

Hermit Bars Recipe

Hermit Bars
Stephanie Gallagher
These soft, gingerbread-like cookie bars make a wonderful addition to any Christmas party. And this recipe is a perfect make-ahead cookie, because it freezes well. Sprouted wheat flour gives these bars an extra nutritional boost. I like making these hermit bars with chocolate chips, but the more traditional way is to use raisins. Use whichever you prefer.

Chocolate Biscotti Recipe

Chocolate Biscotti
Stephanie Gallagher
All biscotti recipes are lower in sugar and fat than most other Christmas cookies, but this recipe has a couple of other things going for it to make it healthier. Pumpkin puree adds moisture and replaces some of the fat. And white whole wheat flour adds fiber. Finally, walnuts give these cookies a bit of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Easy Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies
Stephanie Gallagher
You can use either all-purpose flour or white whole wheat flour in this recipe, but the latter will give you a healthier, more-fiber-rich cookie. Use Christmas cookie cutters to shape these festive holiday cookies.

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Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Coconut oil makes these cookies extra soft, and unlike all other saturated fats, coconut oil may have some health benefits. These cookies are also made with antioxidant-rich dark chocolate chips and fiber-rich oatmeal.

Be sure to check out: Oatmeal Cookie Recipes

Healthy Kit Kat Bars Recipe

Healthy Kit Kat Bars
Stephanie Gallagher
Brown rice syrup and dark chocolate chips make this a healthier version of the classic kit kat bars recipe. These rich layered bars taste like the popular Kit Kat candy. Cut into bite-sized squares for your Christmas party.

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