Christmas Cookies, Chanukah Cookies and More Cookies

When I think of the Holiday’s I think of all the delicious cookies I am going to bake. I usually deliver plates to my neighbors, cousins across town, my best friend and of course, to my brother in his room. For the past few years, I have been wondering ways to make the cookies still taste good but maybe a little healthier. Adding 4 sticks of butter to a cookie gets pretty disgusting after awhile of baking.

This year I will make my cookies healthier and have chosen the following 4 recipes that I will try. There are flavors and tastes for all so at least one should catch your sweet tooth.

  • Almond Coconut Macaroons
  • Vegan Thin Mints
  • Gingerbread Cookies
  • Thumbprint Cookies

Almond Coconut Macaroons

These cookies are the easiest to make out of the 4 and have a blast of coconut flavor. These are also a perfect dessert cookie for Passover.

What you need:

2/3 cup sugar

2 large egg whites

2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

½ cups whole almonds

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (1 teaspoon lemon zest to make it kosher for Passover)

You can find the directions on how to make and bake the cookies here.

Vegan Thin Mints

This recipe is vegan and gluten-free. This cookie reminds me of Girl Scout Thin Mints but even better because gluten-free and vegans can enjoy them too.

What you need:

1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour

1 cup vegan sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup arrowroot

1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup melted refined coconut oil or canola oil

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1 cup vegan gluten-free chocolate chips

3 tablespoons mint extract

You can find the directions on how to make and bake the cookies here.

Gingerbread Cookies

What are the holidays without gingerbread? This recipe has less butter, eggs and sugar than traditional gingerbread recipes.

What you need:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground clove

1 cup granulated sugar

8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature

3/4 cup dark molasses

1 large egg, at room temperature

You can find the directions on how to make and bake the cookies here.

Thumbprint Cookies

These are my absolute favorite holiday cookies to make and I am excited that there is a healthier version especially knowing how much butter goes into them. This recipe is for vegan thumbprint cookies.

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What you need:

1 cup pecans

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 cup safflower or canola oil

1/2 cup maple syrup or brown rice syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons fruit juice sweetened jam

You can find the directions on how to make and bake the cookies here.

I hope you have found at least one healthy cookie recipe in this list that you will bake this holiday season. Happy Holidays from JM(takecareof)U to you.

Peace, Love and DDP,

Rachel

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