5 Ideas for a Healthier Holiday Cookie Swap — Fall Fest

These sweets are surprisingly light but still plenty festive for a holiday cookie swap.
By: Emily Lee
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These festive sweets are ideal for a holiday cookie swap, and they make great hostess gifts, too. If you’re having trouble deciding on just one recipe, go ahead and make them all — it’s totally doable, since each recipe requires just 20 minutes of prep or less. Keep a few for yourself, then bundle the rest in gift bags for your friends and family to enjoy. Holiday “shopping” doesn’t get much easier than that. The fact that they’re all on the lighter side? Consider it a bonus.

Chocolate Macaroons (pictured at top)

At just 54 calories each, Nigella Lawson's chewy, chocolatey macaroons are a sweet treat you don't have to feel guilty about.

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Rachael Ray’s almond-flavored cookies contain just 64 calories apiece and are reminiscent of snowy mountain peaks, thanks to the shredded coconut. Once they're baked, top each cookie with a few slivered almonds and half of a candied cherry, for an extra-merry touch.

Giada's Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

With a 5-star rating and nearly 1,000 fan reviews, you can expect Giada De Laurentiis’ light and lemony cookies to be nothing short of outstanding. Using ricotta in the batter results in a cookie that’s exceptionally tender, though the sweet-tart glaze may be the best part.

No Bake Chew Truffle Cookies

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Tara Donne

Embrace the opportunity to give your oven a rest. These chewy, no-bake truffles are loaded with sweet dried dates bound together by cocoa powder, reduced-fat peanut butter and a little bit of butter and honey (instead of the traditional combination of milk and sugar).

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Dark chocolate, toasted chopped almonds and dried cherries are the things a dreamy dessert is made of. Cherries will balance the nuts and chocolate with their tangy flavor, and they are loaded with antioxidants.

For more festive cookies, check out these recipes from our friends:
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies
Creative Culinary: Old Fashioned Date Nut Bars
Red or Green: Kahlua-Spice Brownies

The Wimpy Vegetarian: Figgy Cardamom Snickerdoodles

Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Almond and Apricot Cookies

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