Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipes

December 17th, 2020

       

      Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipes

      It is that time of year again! Tis the season for holiday lights, Christmas music and of course, sweets. During this Christmas season, you can rejoice in the holiday spirit while also remembering to take care of yourself. This means finding a good balance between indulging in the long-awaited Christmas desserts and giving your body the nutrition it needs.

      With this in mind, we rounded up some healthy (and yummy) Christmas cookie recipes for you to make and share with your loved ones this season. We hope you enjoy these baked goods and we wish you a Merry Christmas!

      Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

      This easy peanut butter cookie recipe will be a healthy dessert that the whole family will enjoy.

      Ingredients

      • 1 cup natural peanut butter
      • 1 cup sugar
      • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
      • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
      • Coarse sea salt

       

      Directions

      Step 1 - Preheat oven to 350°F and place the racks in the upper and lower third of the oven.

      Step 2 – In a medium bowl, mix the peanut butter, sugar, vanilla and egg until well combined. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the mixture about 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten the mound with the tines of a fork, making a crosshatch pattern on the cookies. Sprinkle coarse salt on top of the cookies.

      Step 3 – Bake until golden around the edges, about 10 minutes, switching the position of the sheets halfway through baking. Transfer to racks to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough.

      Source: Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies


      Soft Gingerbread Cookies

      These soft gingerbread cookies  is guilt-free version of a Christmas favorite.

      Ingredients

      • 1 egg
      • ½ cup brown sugar
      • ¼ cup molasses
      • ¼ cup almond butter
      • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
      • 2 tablespoons applesauce
      • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
      • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
      • 2 teaspoons allspice
      • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
      • ½ teaspoon baking soda
      • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
      • ½ cup wheat flour
      • Turbinado sugar (for garnish)


      Directions

      Step 1: In a medium bowl, add 1 egg, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup molasses, ¼ cup almond butter, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 2 tablespoons applesauce; vigorously whisk to thoroughly combine.

      Step 2: To the wet ingredients, stir in 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 teaspoons allspice, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour, and ½ cup wheat flour until well combined. Turn out onto plastic wrap and form into a rough ball; cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour, or overnight.

      Step 3: Preheat oven to 350°F

      Step 4: Flour a flat surface and a rolling pin, then roll out the dough ¼-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out gingerbread men, about 25-35 total. Place gingerbread men on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

      Step 5: Bake about 8 minutes, until puffed and slightly firmed. Let rest on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Store covered at room temperature for several days or freeze for several months.

      Source: Soft Gingerbread Cookies


      Lighter Chocolate Chip Cookies

      This yummy Chocolate Chip cookie recipe will give you the warm feeling of a traditional treat minus the fat and extra calories!

      Ingredients

      • 1/2 cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
      • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour, spooned and leveled
      • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1/8 teaspoon salt
      • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
      • 2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
      • 3 tablespoons agave nectar
      • 1 large egg, room temperature
      • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
      • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped, or 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

      Directions

      Step 1 -Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a food processor and pulse until the oats are finely ground. Set aside.

      Step 2 -In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar and agave nectar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth and glossy. Reduce mixer speed to the lowest setting and gradually add the flour mixture until just incorporated; stir in the chocolate.

      Step 3 -Drop level tablespoons of the dough onto silicone mat lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart (12 cookies per sheet). Transfer the sheets to the refrigerator and chill the cookies until solid, about 30 minutes.

      Step 4 -Bake until lightly golden around edges, about 12 to 14 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and let cool on the sheets for 1 minute; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

      Source: Lighter Chocolate Chip Cookies


      Iced Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

      Healthy cookies are one thing, but healthier icing is difficult to find. Choose healthier options all around with this Iced Whole Wheat Sugar Cookie recipe!

      Ingredients

      Cookies

      • 9 ounces whole wheat flour (about 2 cups)
      • ½ teaspoon salt
      • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
      • 10 tablespoon butter, softened
      • ½ cup granulated sugar
      • 1 ounce 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
      • 1 large egg
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


      Icing

      • ½ cup powdered sugar
      • 2 tablespoons plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
      • ¼ teaspoon grated lemon rind
      • Naturally colored sparkling sugar (optional)


      Directions

      Step 1: To prepare cookies, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, and cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg; beat until well blended. Add vanilla; beat until blended. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture; beat just until combined.

      Step 2: Flatten dough into a 6-inch disk: wrap with plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour.

      Step 3: Preheat oven to 350°F.

      Step 4: Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out 32 cookies, using a 2- or 3-inch cutter, rerolling scraps as necessary. Place cookies 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake 12 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool.

      Step 5: To prepare icing, whisk together powdered sugar, yogurt, and rind; drizzle over cookies. Sprinkle with sparkling sugar, if desired. Let stand on a wire rack until icing is set, about 15 minutes.

      Source: Iced Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

       


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