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Healthy Holiday Cookies

'Tis the season to make cookies! Why not bake a batch of these better-for-you holiday cookies? They're great as thrifty, last-minute gifts!

Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies
1 cookie = 33 calories, 1 g fat
Kids of all ages will want to pitch in when it comes time to roll the ropes of colored dough for these cute Candy Cane Cookies. Peppermint extract carries the flavor on through, so the cookies taste as good as they look.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


Lightened-Up Holiday Cookie Dough

Lightened-Up Holiday Cookie Dough
1 cookie = 56 calories, 2 g fat
This versatile Lightened-Up Holiday Cookie Dough is the base for several other cookies and bars. You can also use it to bake a batch of fun cutout cookies that could be used as name cards for your holiday table!
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
1 cookie = 110 calories, 4 g fat
These cake-like Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies will be a welcome snack with a cold glass of milk. Feel free to use this recipe as a base and mix in dried cranberries or cherries, nuts or other extracts.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti
1 cookie = 107 calories, 4 g fat
Chocolate, pistachios and cranberries are great together. Adding the cranberries to this Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti recipe made it not only sweeter, but healthier, too.
—Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware


Gingerbread Boy Cookies

Gingerbread Boy Cookies
1 cookie = 64 calories, 2 g fat
Mom always used the same round-headed cookie cutter to make her "boys." Gingerbread Boy Cookies always came out of the oven soft and chewy with plenty of traditional molasses-ginger flavor.
—Donna Sasser Hinds, Milwaukie, Oregon


White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
1 cookie = 113 calories, 4 g fat
These sweet White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies feature white chocolate and cranberries for a delightful taste. And the red and white coloring add a great holiday feel to any cookie tray.
—Donna Beck, Scottdale, Pennsylvania



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