Healthy Holiday Cookies

Healthier takes on holiday cookie recipes, including no-bake truffles, meringues and biscotti.

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Almond Snowballs

Rachael's chewy almond-flavored cookies are coated with coconut and topped with a cherry giving these light treats a festive look.

Get the Recipe: Almond Snowballs

No-Bake Truffles

These chewy sweet cookies start with dried dates for a natural sweetness, instead of the traditional combination of milk and sugar, and then get mixed with some cocoa, reduced-fat peanut butter and ground whole-wheat graham crackers for a quick satisfying treat.

Get the Recipe: No Bake Chewy Truffle Cookies

Ginger Pecan Oatmeal Crisps

These crisps take on a hearty texture with ground oats and pecans. Ginger rounds it all out with a sweetly spicy kick.

Get the Recipe: Ginger Pecan Oatmeal Crisps

Giada's Espresso Chip Meringues

If you're itching for a mocha, try Giada's cloud-like, espresso-infused meringues with chocolate chips sprinkled throughout.

Get the Recipe: Espresso Chip Meringues

Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscotti

Impress friends and family with these "highbrow" munchies — they're like crunchy peanut butter cups!

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Biscotti

Giada's Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Giada's dainty, cake-like rounds get infusions of lemon both within the dough and the glaze on top.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Honey Pistachio Biscotti

Cozy up with a hot cup of tea or homemade cocoa and Ellie Krieger's version of a coffeehouse staple.

Get the Recipe: Honey Pistachio Biscotti

Chocolate Nut Clusters

Full of texture and only three ingredients, these morsels make fantastic holiday finger food. You don't even need to bake them!

Get the Recipe: Cherry Almond Chocolate Clusters

Kitchen Sink Cookies

Ellie packs chocolate chunks, dried cherries, apricots and walnuts into these aptly named cookies.

Get the Recipe: Kitchen Sink Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies

A little bit of apple butter adds moisture, flavor and sweetness to these cakey cookies — it acts as a butter substitute, too.

Get the Recipe: Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ellie's Pecan Sandies

These cookies have all the crispness of the classic, but they're made with less butter than traditional recipes.

Get the Recipe: Pecan Sandies

Flu-Fighter Cookies

These cookies are loaded with spices, dried fruit and walnuts — everything you need to celebrate the season, or fend off a cold.

Get the Recipe: Flu-Fighter Cookies

Lemon Icebox Bars

Get all of the lemony creaminess you crave, at only 155 calories per square.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Icebox Bars

Triple Chocolate Cookies

Why settle for one type of chocolate when you can load up your cookies with three; add nuts if you like, too.

Get the Recipe: Triple Chocolate Cookies

Lighter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These crispy cookies will give your full-fat recipe a run for its money. By adding some ground oats to whole wheat pastry flour, cutting the butter and adding some agave nectar, Food Network Kitchens cut the fat and calories without sacrificing flavor.

Get the Recipe: Lighter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Oat Cakes

Food Network Kitchens added chocolate to the classic British digestive biscuit to highlight the richness of the oats, plus hazelnuts for texture and crunch. They aren't too sweet, making them the perfect match for afternoon tea.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Oat Cakes (Scotland)

Mini Date-Nut Snowballs

Ellie's no-sugar-added date-nut balls are ready in just 10 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Mini Date-Nut Snowballs

Chocolate-Hazelnut Drop Cookies

Giada's easy drop cookies call for just 5 ingredients and 15 minutes of prep time.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Hazelnut Drop Cookies

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