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12 Days of Holiday Cookies

Get Festive with These Healthier Recipes
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Tired of making the same old holiday cookies year after year? Freshen up your recipe box with these new favorites! This list has something for everyone, from chocolate lovers to oatmeal fanatics. Plus, these recipes are healthier than the ones you'll find for most other traditional holiday cookies. Pick one (or more!) to make for your holiday festivities this year!

Peppermint-Dark Chocolate Slice and Bake Cookies: This recipe is a basic dough but allows a lot of creativity. You can add your favorite flavoring to the dough and then roll the cookie log in different chopped nuts or use holiday cookie sprinkles.

Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies: At only 50 calories a piece these soft cookies are sure to please!

Chef Meg's Spice Cookies: Serve these holiday cookies with a cup of tea or lowfat vanilla ice cream.

Oatmeal Orange Cookies (Diabetes Friendly):These cookies are packed full of whole grains and fiber to fill you up and keep you satisfied. They're great for snacks and suitable for those with diabetes!

Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Cookies: Pumpkin is subbed for butter in this recipe, which makes this a lowfat holiday treat! Cranberries and almonds add flavor and nutrition! <pagebreak>

Holiday Spice Cut-Out Cookies: Cut-out cookies complete the holiday cookie platter. The smell of these spice cut-out cookies baking evokes the holiday spirit. They are easy to roll out, especially if you chill the dough for about 30 minutes. The cookies can be served plain, but a little decoration with icing gel or your favorite cookie icing gives them a more festive look.

Cherry Berry Oatmeal Holiday Cookies: These cookies have a little holiday touch with the addition of dried cherries, blueberries and cranberries.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies: Banana and oatmeal are a perfect pair in these not-too-sweet treats.

Mint Chocolate Chip-Oat Cookies: You'll never know these cookies are lower in fat! Customize your cookies by using any flavor of "chips" you prefer! <pagebreak>

No Flour Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten-Free): These peanut butter cookies have the best flavor! They look and taste just like cookies made with flour. Plus, they are gluten and dairy free!

Susie's Honey Maple Cookie: This is a wholesome chewy cookie that satisfies the sweet tooth, but isn't just empty calories--it's a great way to incorporate whole grains. Substitute a multi-grain mix for added nutrition and fiber. Add mini chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, or coconut for variation.

911 Chocolate Emergency Cookies: These cookies taste like the corner of the brownie pan, but in controlled portions! (This cookie is the #1 recipe every year!)

Want more healthier holiday cookie recipes? Try one of these sweet treats: