Yes, the holidays are a time to splurge a bit. But, doesn’t that “splurge” feel better if it’s just a little bit healthier? We’ve rounded-up 5 healthy-ish cookie recipes for you to try this holiday season.
With a variety of flavors and textures, there’s bound to be one that is perfect for all of your holiday cookie needs. As with dessert, the message of moderation still applies. Be mindful of serving size, and make healthier choices for meals and snacks. Enjoy!
Sugar Cookies – Decorating sugar cookies has become a family tradition among many a households. Most sugar cookies are loaded with butter and sugar, and then topped with more sugar in the form of frosting and sprinkles. This recipe was a winner in our “test kitchen.” It’s even grain-free and gluten-free, so it’s friendly for any guests who may have these sensitivities. The cookies turned out moist and chewy. The recipe only makes about 10-12 cookies (depending on the size of your cookie cutters and how thinly you roll the dough), so you may need to double or even triple the recipe if you are expecting a large crowd. The cookies aren’t too sweet which is a nice accompaniment to any frosting you might use to top the cookies.
Chocolate – Wanting to indulge in something chocolate? Look no further. This Chocolate Quinoa Bark from Cooking Light is easy to make and is a wonderful combination of flavors and textures. The nutrient-rich whole grain quinoa adds a nice crunch; paired with the antioxidants in dark chocolate, this sweet treat won’t leave you feeling guilty at all.
Meringues – Sugar and egg whites make these little delights virtually fat free. Think meringues are boring? These Santa Hat Meringues look anything but boring. One meringue is a mere 63 calories and 3 grams of fat (the fat is due to the addition of white chocolate and coconut)…Not bad for a little festive sweetness during the holiday season.
Biscotti – Specialty biscotti recipes can often pack on the calories and fat – specifically when the biscotti are dipped in chocolate. Good news for all you coffee-dunking biscotti fans, this seemingly sinful Deep Dark Chocolate Biscotti recipe is actually quite healthy with whole-wheat flour, flaxseed, almonds and dark chocolate; ingredients that add fiber and antioxidants without sacrificing an ounce of satisfaction.
Peppermint – Featuring one of the flavors of the season, these Fudgy Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies have it going for them. Made with whole-wheat flower and cocoa powder, these “healthier” holiday cookies satisfy the craving for holiday treats without too many unwanted calories. Pair it with a glass of milk for a calcium and protein boost.