Healthy Cookies and Bars for Christmas

Warm up during the holiday season with these healthy twists on your favorite Christmas cookies and bars. We've got low-calorie and low-fat recipes for your most-loved holiday desserts, including gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies, chocolate chip bars, and more.


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    • Star Mint Meringues

      Whipped egg whites and sugar combine for these 27-calorie meringues. Add a dash of peppermint extract and brush with red food coloring for festive holiday flair.

    • Mint Chocolate Trees

      Our bite-size Christmas tree cookies make a perfect holiday food gift or party favor. And with only 56 calories apiece, you can feel good about indulging in these cute, pecan-studded cookies.

    • Vanilla Spritz

      A cookie press gives these light and buttery Christmas cookies their traditional shape. Not only are they easy to make, but they also have just 60 calories each.


      Christmas Cookie Tip: If you don't have a cookie press, a heavy-duty pastry bag tightly fitted with a larger tip makes a decent substitute. Just be sure the dough is slightly softened for easier piping.

    • Pretty Package Cookies

      Decadent Christmas cookies don't have to undo your healthy diet. Cover almond shortbread cookies with a royal icing wrapping for a stunning, low-calorie dessert.

    • Oatmeal Jam Bars

      A sweet raspberry filling settles between two layers of warm, crumbly cream cheese crust for Santa-worthy oatmeal bar cookies. Fiber-rich oats add nutritional value to the cookies.


      Christmas Cookie Tip: Did you know you can save many of your favorite holiday cookies for up to 3 months in the freezer? Just layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container and cover.

    • Lemony Star Sandwiches

      It's hard to believe that these rich sandwich cookies are low in fat and calories. Sour cream and lemon zest enhance the cookies, which sandwich a creamy mascarpone and lemon curd filling.

    • Christmas Sugar Cookie Cutouts

      A Christmas cookie classic, sugar cookie cutouts are fun for the family to make and surprisingly low-calorie. Decorate them with your favorite nut or candy, and pair with a tall glass of milk for Santa.

    • Frost Sugar Cookies Like a Pro

      Discover little tricks you can use to make pretty decorated cookies for any occasion. We've got piping-bag tips, decorating techniques, and storage suggestions to ensure baking success.

    • Snowball Trees

      Got sprinkles? Then you've likely got everything you need in your kitchen for this low-calorie cookie. Roll and pack homemade dough into snowball-like cookie trees, then string them with sweet vanilla icing and decorative candies for lights.

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      Double-Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

      Biscotti are the perfect crisp and crunchy Christmas cookie for a warm mug of hot chocolate or coffee. Dip chocolate biscotti in a vanilla candy coating and crushed peppermint for a light and merry holiday dessert.

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      Coconut, Cherry, and Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

      Coconut, oats, dark chocolate, cherries, and walnuts pack our favorite drop cookie recipe full of flavor. Although they're bursting at the seams with tasty ingredients, these cookies will keep your waistline slim at just 95 calories apiece.

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      Lime Meringue Wreaths

      Create festive, fat-free meringue cookies in a cinch by adding a drop of green food coloring and shaping them into circles. A sprinkle of red nonpareils finishes the wreathlike Christmas cookies.

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      Beat Egg Whites to Perfection

      Properly beating egg whites is one of the most important baking skills you can master. Watch as our kitchen expert demonstrates her secrets to beating eggs that will result in light and airy cakes, souffles, and meringues.

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      Mint Meringue Kisses

      Two low-sodium meringue cookies sandwich melted chocolate for an undeniable winter flavor combination. Mint extract and green food coloring give the cookies a color and taste that is perfect for a Christmas cookie exchange party.

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      Classic Gingerbread Cutouts

      Kids will love decorating these classic Christmas cookies. Plus, they're made with nutrition-rich whole wheat flour, so you can feel good about serving them.

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      White Chocolate-Cherry Shortbread

      Shortbread is a Christmas cookie staple that requires nothing more than butter, flour, and sugar. This twist on the classic uses maraschino cherries and chopped white chocolate for an irresistible pairing at only 87 calories per cookie.

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      Chocolate Mint Divinity

      Ridiculously smooth and creamy, this divinity is as dreamy as its name yet only 60 calories per serving. A light sprinkle of crushed peppermint candies adds seasonal color.

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      Easy Spritz

      With just four ingredients and 20 minutes, these festive 100-calorie spritz cookies are ready to be served to party guests. Refreshing peppermint extract and festive sugar decorate the Christmas spritz cookies.


      Cookie Press Tip: To keep spritz cookies from sticking to the cookie press, make sure to use real butter, as substitutes contain water and will make the dough softer. Also, let the dough stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes to ensure the dough is not too cold. 

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      4-Layer Nougat Bars

      Give your favorite candy bar a run for its money with four luscious layers of chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, and nougat. Guests will love the creamy filling of this bar cookie while also enjoying 3 grams of protein.

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      Pistachio-Fruit Biscotti

      Use dried fruit and roasted nuts rather than candy or chocolate to keep your holiday biscotti low in calories. This biscotti recipe gets its subtle sweet flavor from golden raisins and dried apricots.

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      Chocolate Mint Thins

      Can't decide which Christmas cookie to try first? Have the best of both worlds with these striking 60-calorie cookies that get their appeal from a beautiful roll of mint and chocolate cookie doughs.

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      Perfectly Baked Cookies

      Take the guesswork out of cookie baking with our secrets to testing all your favorite cookie recipes. From drop cookies to slice-and-bake cookies, our baking tips guarantee perfectly done cookies.

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      Chocolate-Dipped Trail Bites

      There's no wrong way to present these pretty Christmas cookies: Enjoy the cranberry shortbread as is; dip half of the cookie in a lush melted-chocolate bath; top the cookies with a sprinkling of sea salt; or include a candied orange slice.

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      Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

      Our Christmas version of the classic whoopie pie recipe features a cream cheese filling between two fluffy red velvet cookies. The frosting recipe uses marshmallow creme to save you fat and cholesterol.

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      Chocomint Blossoms

      Trade peanut butter for cocoa powder in this chocolaty upgrade to traditional peanut butter blossoms. Peppermint-swirl kisses add a festive touch to this classic Christmas cookie recipe.


      Healthy Baking Tip: To make the 100-calorie cookies even more healthful, use only 1 cup all-purpose flour and add 1/2 cup whole wheat flour.

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      Classic Christmas Sandies

      These classic shortbread cookies get their sweet flavor from toasted pecans and a powdered sugar coating. For a chocolaty variation, substitute 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar with cocoa powder before shaking over your sandies.

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      Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

      For healthy, 100-calorie chocolate chip cookies with all the flavor of the classic, sub out regular flour for its whole wheat counterpart. It's higher in fiber and antioxidants than all-purpose flour and can replace up to half the refined flour in recipes.

    • Next Slideshow Freezer-Friendly Holiday Cookies

      Freezer-Friendly Holiday Cookies

      These Christmas cookies don't mind waiting around in the cold one bit. Get a leg up on holiday preparations by baking early and freezing Christmas cookies. Each Santa-special treat freezes for up to three months.
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