Bake up these low-calorie recipes or pick up one of the store bought versions for healthier holiday cookies this season
Nothin’ But Granola Cookies
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Gluten- and dairy-free, these cookies, available in Cherry Cranberry Almond and Chocolate Coconut Almond (shown above) are all natural and full of nutrient-packed nuts, seeds, and fruit. They’re made with olive oil (instead of butter), and sweetened with honey and organic sugar ($7, nothinbutfoodsstore.com). And see 11 Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes for more GF sweets.
Low-Fat Gingerbread Cookies from Skinnytaste
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With less than half the fat of traditional ones (and just 56 calories each), Santa (or you) can have more than one of these low-fat gingerbread cookies, from the blog Skinnytaste, guilt-free.
Carla Hall’s Petite Cookies
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It’s easy to keep portions small with these cookies, which are each the size of a sugar cube. In flavors like chocolate hazelnut praline, pecan shortbread with vanilla salt, and Mexican chocolate chip, you’ll want to try one of each (from $7; carlahall.com).
Double Vanilla Sugar Cookies
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Oatmeal Raisin Crunchy Cookie Chips
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These super-thin, super-crunchy cookie chips will satisfy your sweet tooth without too many cals—five crisps have just 120 calories. Other varieties include chocolate chip, cinnamon sugar, and sea-salted peanut butter (yum!). ($4; grocery stores)
Beetroot Coconut Sugar Cookies from Nutrition Stripped
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A colorful twist on traditional sugar cookies, Nutrition Stripped blogger McKel Hill, M.S., R.D., combines beets, gluten-free flour, coconut oil, and natural sweeteners for a tender, chewy beet and coconut cookie.