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Our Favorite Healthy Christmas Cookies

If you're going to eat cookies during the holidays, here are a few low-fat and low-calorie healthy cookie suggestions from our dietitian, Peggy Woodward.


Lightened-Up Holiday Cookie DoughLightened-Up Holiday Cookie Dough
Calories: 56
Fat: 2g
This versatile recipe is the base for several other cookies and bars.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin




Chocolate Swirled BarsChocolate Swirled Bars
Calories: 82
Fat: 4g
These swirly chocolaty bars make a crunchy and elegant addition to any cookie tray—and couldn't be easier!
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin



Drizzled Cherry Cookie CupsDrizzled Cherry Cookie Cups
Calories: 99
Fat: 4g
No one will ever guess these cute cookies drizzled with chocolate are lighter!
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin



Wreath CookiesWreath Cookies
Calories: 67
Fat: 3g
Pretty and whimsical, these tiny, tender wreaths will definitely be favorites!
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin




Gingerbread PeopleGingerbread People
Calories: 99
Fat: 2g
These soft, chewy cookies are favorites of my grandchildren. They love helping me decorate them!
—Joan Truax, Pittsboro, Indiana



Evergreen CutoutsEvergreen Cutouts
Calories: 70
Fat: 3g
These eye-appealing cookies will remind you of shortbread, but they have a wonderful, mild sweetness that sets them apart.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin



White Chocolate Cranberry CookiesWhite Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Calories: 70
Fat: 3g
These eye-appealing cookies will remind you of shortbread, but they have a wonderful, mild sweetness that sets them apart.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin



Chocolate Raisin BiscottiChocolate Raisin Biscotti
Calories: 56
Fat: 1g
A drizzle of creamy frosting makes these chocolate treats from our Test Kitchen so special with coffee, chai or tea!
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin



Swirled Mint CookiesSwirled Mint Cookies
Calories: 59
Fat: 3g
No one will believe that these rich and buttery cookies are 'light,' but they are! And with their colorful swirls, each one of these minty sugary bites is unique.
—Lois K. Hill, Thomasville, North Carolina



Cherry Cranberry PinwheelsCherry Cranberry Pinwheels
Calories: 83
Fat: 2g
With the combination of cranberries, cherries, orange zest and cinnamon, these festive cookies are as fragrant as they are flavorful.
—Deb Perry, Bluffton, Indiana



Pistachio PinwheelsPistachio Pinwheels
Calories: 49
Fat: 2g
These whimsical treats look complex, but they're a cinch to assemble. You'll love the pistachio's nutty flavor combined with the dough's sweet taste.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin



Peanut Butter Crunch CookiesPeanut Butter Crunch Cookies
Calories: 56
Fat: 3g
The next time you’re craving peanut butter cookies try this variation with oats and Grape-Nuts. I think it’s even better than the regular cookies, which I like a lot.
—Jack Horst, Westfield, New York



Chewy Coconut MacaroonsChewy Coconut Macaroons
Calories: 83
Fat: 3g
These chewy cookies are my husband's favorites, so he requests them often.
—Peggy Key, Grant, Alabama



Chocolate Meringue StarsChocolate Meringue Stars
Calories: 40
Fat: 1g
These light, delicate chewy cookies sure make for merry munching. Their big chocolate flavor makes it difficult to keep the kids away from them long enough to get any on the cookie tray.
—Edna F. Lee, Greeley, Colorado



Spice Cutout CookiesSpice Cutout Cookies
Calories: 87
Fat: 1g
My husband loves ginger snaps and gingerbread. He was delighted when I made these cookies since they offered a ginger flavor but with a new twist.
—Lyn Chapman, Provo, Utah



Golden ThumbprintsGolden Thumbprints
Calories: 75
Fat: 4g
These cookies taste as good as they look. I often roll them in walnuts and bake them for friends and family at Christmas.
—Loraine Meyer, Bend, Oregon



Spritz WreathsSpritz Wreaths
Calories: 37
Fat: 2g
At only 37 calories each, you can indulge your urge to eat more than one of these delightful cookies.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin



Stamped by Design CookiesStamped by Design Cookies
Calories: 52
Fat: 2g
I came up with this idea to use a foam stamp to create an indented design for the frosting. They're so easy!
—Sherry Lee, Columbus, Ohio



Chocolate Mint WafersChocolate Mint Wafers
Calories: 38
Fat: 2g
I created these melt-in-your-mouth thin mints for a cookie exchange, and everyone raved about them.
—Michelle Kester, Cleveland, Ohio



 
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