Heart-Healthy Christmas Cookies and Bars
Warm up with these heart-healthy twists on favorite holiday dessert recipes. We've got all your favorites -- including gingerbread and sugar cookies, chocolate chip bars, and more.
Sugar Cookie Cutouts
Favorite Gingerbread Cookies
Grab your cookie cutters and prepare for any holiday event with these mistake-proof sugar cookies. You save on cholesterol with egg substitutes, but you won't miss one bit of the classic flavor.
Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Made with whole wheat flour for extra fiber, these gingerbread cutouts get their extraordinary flavor from molasses, cinnamon, cloves, and grated ginger.
This twist on the classic chocolate chunk cookie is made with a bit of tofu -- helping you seamlessly incorporate the heart-healthy food into your diet. Naysayers won't even notice the addition!
Almond Meringue Kisses
This is a deliciously lightened version of the old-fashioned cookies with the familiar crinkled tops.
Pecan Pie Bars
Twenty-five minutes of prep and 12 minutes of baking will help you whip up these deliciously light meringues. Egg whites help keep the kisses fluffy; you'll need just five ingredients total.
Brown Sugar Almond Stars
Trade these for standard pecan pie in your holiday diet and you'll save big on fat and calories. They're still classically sweet -- and because they're bite-size, you can easily pack them for a party.
Buttermilk Sugar Cookies
For a mid-afternoon snack, enjoy these crisp, nutty, chocolate-drizzled star cookies with a cup of tea or a glass of fat-free milk.
Mocha Meringue Kisses
Use this recipe to make "stained glass cookies" or jelly-filled sandwich cookies. The fancy results are even better when you consider that they have just 3 grams of fat per serving.
Double Thumbprint Cookies
A little decadence without a lot of guilt! These meringues feature whipped-light ingredients, which help you feel satisfied with flavor while saving on calories and fat.
Sweeten the holidays by filling the hearts of these treats with cherry or raspberry preserves.
Tip: For an extra punch of fiber and protein, substitute white whole wheat flour for half of the all-purpose flour.
Chocolate Cookie Treats
There's no fat in these holiday treats, and a mixture of fruits and nuts gives them a sweet-and-savory taste.
Black-and-White Meringue Bites
Topped with a drizzle of homemade chocolate glaze, these chocolate cookies pack tons of taste in a tiny package. You'll love that they have just 4 mg of sodium, too.
Cherry Holiday Bars
At just 7 calories per bite and with no cholesterol or fat, these tasty treats serve as a guilt-free sweet ending to your holiday dinner.
When your schedule is jam-packed but you'd still like to bake some cookies for the holidays, remember this recipe. It only takes 20 minutes to assemble, and you can wrap presents or trim the tree while the bars bake.
Banana Oat Cookies
Shredded zucchini adds moisture and heart-healthy fiber to these delicious brownie-esque treats. You'll also love the banana and cocoa flavors that give it a lively, luscious taste.
Chocolate-Filled Lemon Meringues
The most popular recipe on our site, this fruity treat can be served as dessert or as a substitute for a bowl of oatmeal at breakfast. Mashed bananas, peanut butter, and cinnamon combine with heart-healthy oats for an incredibly satisfying sweet.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars
Mascarpone is a buttery-rich, extra-creamy cheese with a mild flavor that works well in both savory and sweet dishes. Here it's used to enhance a filling of unsweetened cocoa powder and vanilla, a nice match for crisp low-fat lemon meringue shells.
Sugar Tea Cookies
Bring the flavors of the season into your baking with pumpkin bars that the whole family will love. Bonus: The recipe includes heart-healthy whole wheat flour, nuts, and canola oil.
The basic ingredients of baking -- sugar, eggs, butter, flour -- come together with ground cardamom for a light and breezy cookie meant to be served with afternoon tea. Our recipe will help you prepare for a houseful of guests.
Tangy orange and powdered sugar icing tops these classic blueberry scones. You can easily use frozen blueberries to save money if fresh aren't available, are too expensive, or are out of season.