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25 Healthy Holiday Cookies Recipes

Easy Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies

easy healthy peppermint dark chocolate holiday cookies

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These easy peppermint dark chocolate chip cookies are made with whole-wheat flour for an extra fiber punch, not to mention the antioxidant boost from the dark chocolate.

Get the recipe: Easy Peppermint Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo: Kara Lydon, R.D., L.D.N.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles with Ancient Grain Einkorn Flour

healthy holiday cookies Pumpkin Snickerdoodles with Ancient Grain Einkorn Flour

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These fall-inspired pumpkin snickerdoodles are perfect for the entire family or any cookie swap. They're super easy to make, dairy-free, full of nutrient-rich pumpkin, and use ancient-grain einkorn flour. Research suggests that, compared to modern wheat, einkorn is higher in some nutrients including protein, phosphorus, potassium, and beta-carotene.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles with Ancient Grain Einkorn Flour

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Layne's Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

gluten-free Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip healthy holiday Cookies

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These vegan cookies are also gluten-free as long as your oats and oat flour have not been processed in a facility that contains wheat. (Just check the package for either the gluten-free claim or under the ingredient list to see if it was processed in a facility with wheat.)

Get the recipe: Layne's Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Vegan Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

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Fresh cranberries give these tender shortbread cookies a festive look and taste. With crunchy almonds and a hint of zesty orange, these babies are perfect for your next gathering.

Get the recipe: Vegan Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

Photo: Sharon Palmer, R.D.N., The Plant-Powered Dietitian

4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

4-Ingredient Peanut Butter healthy holiday Cookies

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These gluten-free cookies are made with four simple ingredients including whole-grain oats and natural peanut butter. (P.S. Here's a guide to all the different types of nut butter.) Though they're small, they're hearty and filling, with 4 grams of protein per cookie. Add optional chocolate hazelnut spread (or more PB!) between them to make mini sandwiches.

Get the recipe: 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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Healthy Cowboy Cookies

Healthy Cowboy Cookies holiday cookie swap

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These chocolate-studded cookies can be made both vegan and gluten-free, and they don't require any added oils or sugars thanks to applesauce and mashed banana. The recipe only takes a few simple ingredients to make and gets a fiber boost from whole-grain oats.

Get the recipe: Healthy Cowboy Cookies

Photo: Emily Cooper, R.D.N. of Sinful Nutrition

Trail Mix Cookies

healthy holiday trail mix cookies recipe

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These healthy holiday trail mix cookies are packed with healthy ingredients including oats, almond flour, coconut, banana, flaxseed, and shelled hemp seeds—and no added sugar! Who knew cookies could be sweet, nutritious, and delicious?

Get the recipe: Trail Mix Cookies

Photo: Kathy Siegel, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N.

Almond-Orange Mendiant Cookies

almond orange mendiant healthy holiday cookies

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Candied oranges and chocolate come together to create an unforgettable cookie that helps you finally understand the whole "too pretty to eat" thing. 

Get the recipe: Almond-Orange Mendiant Cookies

Photo: Danny Kim

Pistachio-Raspberry Petits Fours

Pistachio-Raspberry Petits Fours healthy holiday cookies

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Layers and layers of crust, raspberry jam, and cream cheese will have guests picking these up in handfuls. You can crush dehydrated raspberries for festive and healthy sprinkles.

Get the recipe: Pistachio-Raspberry Petits Fours

Photo: Danny Kim

Low-Sugar, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Low-Sugar, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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These chocolaty pieces of heaven are as close to perfect as a cookie can be. Made with less sugar than traditional chocolate chunk cookies, they're also gluten-free using nutrient-rich almond flour as the base. It's a holiday cookie anyone at your celebration can enjoy.

Get the recipe: Low-Sugar, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Photo: Regan Jones, R.D.

Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies healthy holiday recipe

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Adding nutrient-rich ingredients to your traditional recipes will pack in better nutrition and delicious taste. This classic recipe includes heart-healthy oats—an excellent source of complex carbohydrates and plant-based protein. Oats are also an excellent source of fiber, which is essential for healthy digestion and may help reduce cholesterol levels, thus decreasing the risk of heart disease.

Get the recipe: Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo: Kathy Siegel, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N.

Cranberry Pistachio and Chocolate Cookies

Cranberry Pistachio and Chocolate Cookies

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Consider this the love child of the traditional chocolate chip cookie and, well, Christmas. These better-for-you cookies contain whole-wheat pastry flour, which ups the fiber. Plus, half the butter is replaced with heart-healthy canola oil. The pistachios add healthy fat, protein, and a delicious crunch, and cranberries add sweetness and a pop of color.

Get the recipe: Cranberry Pistachio and Chocolate Cookies

Photo: Rahaf Al Bochi, R.D., L.D.

Flourless Double Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies

Flourless Double Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies

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These double chocolate cookies celebrate the perfect union of a fudge-y brownie and chewy chocolate chip cookie. Gluten- and dairy-free, and rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fats, they're well-suited for those with allergies.

Get the recipe: Flourless Double Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies

Photo: Jamie Vespa, R.D.

Honey Cinnamon Cookies

Honey Cinnamon healthy holiday Cookies

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Nothing says the holidays quite like cinnamon. Baking these will make your whole house smell like holiday spirit—plus, they're free of refined sugar and made with whole-wheat flour to help boost the fiber.

Get the recipe: Honey Cinnamon Cookies

Photo: Natalie Knezic

Holiday Harvest Oatmeal Cookies

Holiday Harvest Oatmeal Cookies

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Holiday harvest oatmeal cookies are made with whole grains and filled with dried fruit (choose cranberries to keep it seasonal) and heart-healthy walnuts. They're not too sweet and can be made gluten-free.

Get the recipe: Holiday Harvest Oatmeal Cookies

Photo: Kaleigh McMordie of livelytable.com

White Chocolate Dipped Ginger-Pistachio Biscotti

White Chocolate Dipped Ginger-Pistachio Biscotti

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These elegant Italian cookies are delicious and make a wonderful hostess gift. The base is a mix of all-purpose and whole-wheat flour for extra fiber. They're loaded with heart-healthy pistachios and antioxidant-packed dried cherries.

Get the recipe: White Chocolate Dipped Ginger-Pistachio Biscotti

Photo: Frances Largeman-Roth, R.D.N.

Matcha Coconut Macaroons

Matcha Coconut Macaroons healthy holiday cookies

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You can never go wrong with macaroons. And, if you add matcha, you'll win at the holiday cookie thing. Pro tip: Corn syrup can make the matcha glaze shiny, but leave it out for more of a matte finish. (Use the matcha glaze in these black sesame bundt cakes for a gothic treat.)

Get the recipe: Matcha Coconut Macaroons

Photo: Danny Kim

Healthy Almond Sugar Cookies

healthy Almond Sugar Cookies

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Crunchy, nutty with touch of caramel flavor, these healthy sugar cookies have no dairy or refined sugar.

Get the recipe: Healthy Almond Sugar Cookies

Photo: Natalie Knezic

Cardamom Chickpea Cookies

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Persian chickpea cookies are melt-in-your-mouth, crumbly, and made with gluten-free dough flavored with cardamom. So tasty! They're easy to make and will absolutely win over everyone at your holiday cookie swap. These cookies can be made nut-free and also vegan by using light olive oil. They'll be a keeper in your baking recipe collection.

Get the recipe: Cardamom Chickpea Cookies

Photo: Roxana Begum, Ph.D., R.D. of The Delicious Crescent

Whole-Grain Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

healthy Whole Grain Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

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Make these cookies with butter or swap it out for coconut oil for a 100 percent plant-based cookie. The two-ingredient glaze adds the perfect finishing touch. (Bonus: Add holiday-colored sprinkles to make them even more festive.)

Get the recipe: Whole-Grain Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Photo: Lillian Yin, R.D.

Ginger Cookies with Orange Clove Icing

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Reminiscent of pfeffernusse, these are a holiday time favorite! Made with ancient grain einkorn flour and topped with a light, orange-infused icing, they're super easy and fun to make.

Get the recipe: Best Ginger Cookies with Orange Clove Icing

 

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Chocolate Chip Prune Cookies

Chocolate Chip Prune Cookies

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These chocolate chip cookies swap out added sugar and replace it with puréed prunes. Since prunes are naturally sweet and have 3 grams of fiber per serving, this swap cuts out the added sugar while boosting both the fiber and nutrition content of the recipe.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Chip Prune Cookies

Photo: Erin Palinski-Wade

Banana Bread-Style Soft Cookies

Banana Bread-Style Soft Cookies

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These unique cookies are a cross between banana bread and a chocolate chip cookie—making them giant, soft, and delicious! They can be made gluten-free and are suitable for a low-FODMAP diet, so they're a great holiday cookie to serve (or bring) if you have guests with dietary restrictions.

Get the recipe: Banana Bread-Style Soft Cookies

Photo: Alyssa Lavy, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.

Apricot Walnut Biscotti

Apricot Walnut Biscotti

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These biscotti have twice the crunch-factor thanks to cornmeal and toasted walnuts. White whole-wheat flour, cornmeal, walnuts, and dried apricots help boost the fiber.

Get the recipe: Apricot Walnut Biscotti

Photo: Judy Barbe, R.D.

Matcha Shortbread Cookies

Matcha Shortbread Cookies

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These perfectly portioned shortbread cookies deliver a healthy dose of antioxidants and a beautiful green tint courtesy of the matcha. (Here's what you need to know about matcha's health benefits.)

Get the recipe: Matcha Shortbread Cookies

Photo: Dana White Nutrition

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