25 Healthy Holiday Cookies Recipes
Easy Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles with Ancient Grain Einkorn Flour
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
Layne's Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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
Vegan Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
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
4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
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
Healthy Cowboy Cookies
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
Trail Mix Cookies
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
Almond-Orange Mendiant Cookies
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
Pistachio-Raspberry Petits Fours
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
Low-Sugar, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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
Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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
Cranberry Pistachio and Chocolate Cookies
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
Flourless Double Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies
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
Honey Cinnamon Cookies
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
Holiday Harvest Oatmeal Cookies
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
White Chocolate Dipped Ginger-Pistachio Biscotti
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
Matcha Coconut Macaroons
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
Healthy Almond Sugar Cookies
Crunchy, nutty with touch of caramel flavor, these healthy sugar cookies have no dairy or refined sugar.
Get the recipe: Healthy Almond Sugar Cookies
Cardamom Chickpea Cookies
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
Whole-Grain Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies
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
Ginger Cookies with Orange Clove Icing
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
Chocolate Chip Prune Cookies
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
Banana Bread-Style Soft Cookies
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
Apricot Walnut Biscotti
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