10 holiday cookie recipes that won’t ruin your waistline


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Just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean all your healthy eating efforts have to be thrown out the window. Here are 10 recipes that will help you indulge, but still stick to your gluten-free, vegan or low-calorie diet. Make them for yourself, or bring them to your next cookie exchange.



1. Chocolate Orange Spritz Cookies

All Day I Dream About Food

As traditional for the holidays as mistletoe and stockings, spritz cookies are a beloved treat. Made with coconut flour, this recipe from All Day I Dream About Food includes an option to dip one side in rich dark chocolate.


2. Cookie Dough Truffles

Using a mix of rice, potato and tapioca flours to create a “gluten-free flour,” these truffles from Life With Moore Babies are a tasty and much healthier option than eating cookie dough straight from the tube.


3. Italian Almond Cookies

Crunch and chewy — two perfect combos for any cookie — these cookies from Barefeet In The Kitchen are flavored with the sweet taste of almonds and a drizzle of chocolate.


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4. Strawberry and Cream Cashew Cookie Bites

The red and white coloring of these no-bake cookie bites from Better With Cake would look beautiful on a bright green platter this time of year. The all-natural ingredients make them a good snack for any time of day.


5. Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Just because it’s almost winter doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite fall flavor: pumpkin. This recipe from The Minimalist Baker uses real pumpkin puree, unsweetened almond milk and vegan butter.


6. Vegan Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Using beets to make these cookies from The Viet Vegan the deep red we’ve come to associate with red velvet, these cookies also use whole wheat flour, coconut oil and natural cocoa powder.



7. Low-Fat Gingerbread Men

Decorating gingerbread men at the holidays is a treasured activity. This recipe from Skinny Taste uses unsweetened applesauce to help cut down the fat and calories (only 66 calories each!).


8. Cranberry Yogurt Cookies

Substituting Greek yogurt for butter in these cookies from Mom’s Test Kitchen makes them healthier and still tasty. The bright, fresh cranberries yield a colorful cookie for the holiday season.


9. Coconut Orange Snowball Cookies 

Coming in at 77 calories, nothing looks more seasonal on a pretty platter than this snowy sweet from Food Done Light. Let your kids help dust the baked cookies with confectioners’ sugar — they’ll love making it “snow!”


10. Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies 

Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, these cookies from Peanut Butter And Peppers blend two perfect holiday flavors — chocolate and peppermint — for a 66-calorie treat.