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.

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Sugar Cookie Cutouts
Sugar Cookie Cutouts

    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.

Favorite Gingerbread Cookies

    Made with whole wheat flour for extra fiber, these gingerbread cutouts get their extraordinary flavor from molasses, cinnamon, cloves, and grated ginger.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

    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!

Cocoa-Nutmeg Snickerdoodles

    This is a deliciously lightened version of the old-fashioned cookies with the familiar crinkled tops.

Almond Meringue Kisses

    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.

Pecan Pie Bars

    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.

Brown Sugar Almond Stars

    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.

Buttermilk Sugar Cookies

    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.

Mocha Meringue Kisses

    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.

Double Thumbprint Cookies

    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.

Holiday Biscotti

    There's no fat in these holiday treats, and a mixture of fruits and nuts gives them a sweet-and-savory taste.

Chocolate Cookie Treats

    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.

Black-and-White Meringue Bites

    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.

Cherry Holiday Bars

    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.

Zucchini-Banana Squares

    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.

Banana Oat Cookies

    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-Filled Lemon Meringues

    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.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

    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.

Sugar Tea Cookies

    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.

Blueberry Scones

    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.

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