5 Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipes

If you’re anything like me, the holiday season is one very merry baking spree. I love giving edible gifts to friends and family, so my kitchen transforms into a bakery for much of November and December as I bake batch after batch of cookies, quick breads, muffins, and more.

With the Christmas music cranked up and the kitchen warm from the heat of the oven, I set to work in the most joyful of spirits. I strive to not only give gifts of good taste, but also gifts of good health. Instead of using refined flours and sugar in my baked goods, I put the emphasis on whole gluten-free grains, natural sweeteners, and lots of super foods like fruits, nuts, and seeds.

By baking with super healthy ingredients, together we can take back the whisk and start a cookie revolution! I hope you’ll join me this holiday. In celebration of cookie baking season, I thought I’d share with you five of my favorite healthy cookie recipes. Not only are they festive and flavorful, but they’re so nutritious you can feel good about snagging a few from the cookie tin before giving them away to your loved ones.

These Soft Molasses Drop Cookies are surprisingly light on the tongue, not the least bit dense or chalky, and sing with hearty molasses flavor. They freeze well, as every good drop cookie should, and—for a cookie—they pack some pretty stellar nutrition in every bite.

Cinnamon-scented and simple to make, these vegan Cinnamon Oat Snowdrops are just the ticket if you’re in a pinch for a sweet treat. You don’t even have to fire up the oven to make them. Just process, roll, refrigerate!

No one will ever know that there are shredded beets in these indulgent Fudgy Brownie Bites. They’re also grain-free and very freezer friendly.

You can’t get more festive than these grain-free Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies! With their hint of red and green, chewy texture, and mouthwatering flavor, even the reindeer will be begging for more of these healthy treats.

Last but not least, these vegan and grain-free Mini Pumpkin Power Cookies are just irresistible. They pack so many of my favorite autumnal ingredients into one healthy and buttery cookie that pairs perfectly with homemade almond milk. Make a batch to giveaway, and then another one to keep tucked in the freezer just for you!

If you’re looking for more healthy holiday treats that even Santa himself will love, check out my newest book, Super Healthy Cookies. Armed with a copy of this book, you’ll be well on your way to sensational seasonal baking!

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and joyous holiday season. Warm wishes to you and yours! ~Hallie

Hallie Klecker is the author of Super Healthy Cookies and  The Pure Kitchen, both gluten- and dairy-free cookbooks focusing on fresh ingredients and whole foods. She writes the recipe blog Daily Bites, where she shares her passion for cooking with whole, natural foods. Hallie is a certified Nutrition Educator and former personal chef. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest!

4 Responses to 5 Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipes

  • Emily says:

    These cookies look delicious! I can’t wait to try them…and the rest in your cookbook. :)


  • Audrey Geddes says:

    These all look so delicious! I especially can’t wait to try out the those brownie bites…yum! I have getting a lot of great cooking ideas together lately in preparation for the Christmas holiday coming up. A great cookbook I recommend is Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence. What I love about this one is that I can make healthy, quick recipes with ingredients that are already in my kitchen.


  • Maria says:

    I’m always looking for healthy recipes to teach our little chefs students. I found you this morning and I’m super excite to share your holiday cookies revolution in our next class!

    God Bless!



  • Tess Masters says:

    I have made several recipes from your Cookies book Hallie, and they were all sensational. GORGEOUS photos too. Happy holidays to you and your family :)


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