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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.