Healthy Holiday Cookies That Everyone Will Love
There’s no shortage of treats during the holiday season, which is why everyone will appreciate these better-for-you options — that taste just as sweet and decadent as anything else on the holiday cookie plate!
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Get into the holiday spirit with Ina’s spin on a Christmas classic.
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Apricot and Nut Cookies with Amaretto Icing
These cookies have it all: sweet apricots, crunchy toasted almonds, buttery pine nuts and a gorgeous drizzle of amaretto icing.
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Fig and Ginger Truffles
These homemade treats make the perfect holiday gift. Or, keep a batch for yourself and indulge whenever you need a little pick-me-up!
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Kitchen Sink Cookies
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Honey Pistachio Biscotti
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Chocolate Oat Cakes
We 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)
These light-as-air meringues make a welcome addition to any holiday cookie plate.
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These cookies have all the crispness of the classic, but they're made with less butter than traditional recipes.
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Chocolate Nut Clusters
Full of texture and only three ingredients, these morsels make a fantastic holiday treat. You don't even need to bake them!
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Lemon Ricotta Cookies
Giada's dainty, cake-like rounds are infused with lemon flavor both in the dough and in the glaze on top.
Get the Recipe: Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze
Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Two times the chocolate and still healthy?! Better bake a double batch of these rich, fudgy treats.
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Jelly-Glazed Doughnut Cookies
A simple grape jelly glaze gives these Hanukkah cookies just the right amount of sweetness.
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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, we cut the fat and calories without sacrificing flavor.
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Cookie Dough Truffles
These scrumptious treats require no oven time and are so easy to make. Simply mix, shape, freeze and coat in chocolate.
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Chocolate-Hazelnut Drop Cookies
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These sweet treats 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. Quick and delicious!
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 sweet-and-spicy kick.
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Lemon Icebox Bars
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Oatmeal Pistachio Cookies
This is a soft cookie with a crisp edge, filled with the buttery taste of pistachios and extra sweetness from dried cherries. What's not to love?!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscotti
Impress friends and family with these bakery-quality goodies. They've got all the flavor of peanut butter cups, but are perfect for dunking in a cup of coffee or cocoa.
Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Biscotti
Mini Date-Nut Snowballs
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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
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