One of my family’s holiday traditions involves cookie decorating. We mix up a batch or two of homemade sugar cookie dough, bust out the cookie cutters, and after the cookies are baked, we go to town with frosting, sprinkles, colored sugars, and a number of other decorations. We have fun, spend some time together, and create some pretty awesome cookies, too.
Cookies seem to be big everywhere around the holidays. Parties and potlucks always offer an interesting (and delicious!) assortment. I’ve even been lucky enough to participate in cookie exchanges, which are a fun new twist on recipe-sharing.
Here at NHC, we’re big fans of recipe sharing–that’s why we do these roundups each week! And this week, we’ve got some great cookie recipes for you to try out at this season’s get-togethers.
7 Cookie Recipes for Healthier Holidays
1. Vegan Chai Cookies
These easy-to-make cookies from Maiah at Lululemon aren’t your regular cut-outs. Made with ingredients like ginger and cardamom, they’re the perfect combo of sugar and spice. Baked in as little as 12 minutes and topped with powdered sugar, you’ve got a great-tasting alternative to cut-out cookies. They taste great and are perfect for the vegans at your party.
- Get the recipe from Lululemon here.
2. Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Peanut butter kiss cookies have been a favorite of mine since I was little. Made with creamy peanut butter and topped with a chocolate kiss, what’s not to love? This recipe from Stockpiling Mom is gluten-free, using rice and tapioca flours. The best part? They’re just as delicious as the regular recipe!
- Get the recipe from Stockpiling Moms here.
3. Cranberry Almond Biscotti
While biscotti aren’t the traditional cookie you might be looking for, they certainly go well with a hot cup of coffee or hot cocoa this winter. This recipe from Strala Yoga/StralaNYC is packed with healthy ingredients, including cranberries, toasted almonds, organic applesauce (as a substitute for eggs), and spelt flour, which is easier on your digestive system than many other flours. It’s the perfect healthy treat for the holidays!
- Get the recipe from Strala Yoga/StralaNYC here.
4. Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies
This recipe from Chocolate-Covered Katie strays a bit from the cookie category, but that’s okay–it’s healthy and it tastes great. Made with chickpeas (or white beans, if you prefer those instead), coconut sugar, and chocolate chips, these blondies are anything but ordinary. They might look evil, but they’re gluten-free, low in calories, and high in omega-3 fatty acids! Try them this year. Your guests will thank you.
- Get the recipe from Chocolate-Covered Katie here.
5. White Chocolate Peppermint Drop Cookies
I’m a big fan of peppermint, so I knew I had to try these cookies as soon as I found the recipe last year. I substituted almond flour for the wheat flour so they’d be gluten-free. They were absolutely delicious! Made with peppermint extract and crushed peppermint candies, you’ll get just the right amount of minty flavor. If you’re not a fan of white chocolate, give organic dark chocolate a try–you won’t be disappointed.
- Get the recipe from Fitness and Feta here.
6. Chewy Carrot Cake Cookies
Carrot cake has been one of my favorite desserts since I was little, so when I came across these cookies, I had to give them a try, too. This recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything may look like your standard cookie recipe, and maybe it is–but the taste is anything but standard. Made with cinnamon (which has brain-boosting properties), nuts, just the right touch of spice, and, of course, the carrot cake flavors we all love, these cookies will add a tasty touch to any holiday party. You can even add raisins to the mix and top them with frosting for a little something extra!
- Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything here.
7. Tiramisu Cookies
If you’re one of the many people who absolutely love Tiramisu (much like myself), you’re going to love these cookies from Vegan Richa. The cookie part are made of cashews and oats, while the creamy caramel center that contains just a touch of rum (or amaretto). They’re small enough for a snack, and are both vegan and gluten-free. Tiramisu cookies are the perfect new addition to your holiday festivities!
- Get the recipe from Vegan Richa here.
If you’re anything like me, you might think the best thing about the holidays is the dessert spread. If you’re looking to add a little something different this year, give one of the recipes above a try–you won’t be disappointed.
What are your favorite holiday cookies? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below!