25+ Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipes

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Healthy Christmas cookie recipes galore! Add these cookies to your holiday baking list so you can indulge without an ounce of guilt this holiday season. Vegan, gluten-free and grain-free options.

It’s that time of year again! I feel like sweets pop up in my home pretty much year round, but they’re extra prevalent during the holiday season. I’m all for treating myself and think that planning for healthy treats is actually a key part of staying on track.

With that in mind, I wanted to round up some of my favorite healthy Christmas cookie recipes so that you can treat yourself this holiday season with some festive cookies, made a tad healthier. 

In addition to sharing a variety of lightened-up Christmas cookie ideas, I also thought it would be fun to share some tips for hosting a cookie exchange party and for packing and shipping Christmas cookies this holiday season. I don’t know about you, but homemade, edible gifts are always welcome among my friends and family and who doesn’t love cookies?

Collage of different healthy Christmas cookies: sugar, chocolate peppermint, peanut butter blossoms and crescent cookies.

So let’s hop right in. Here are some of my favorite recipes – ones I’ve shared and made over the years. Everything from gingersnaps to chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies… mmm! I love the holidays!

An overhead photo looking at a plate of healthy sugar cookies. Some of the cookies have been decorated with white icing and red, green or white sprinkles and some of the cookies are plain.
4.63 from 32 votes

Healthy Sugar Cookies

These healthy sugar cookies are made with whole wheat flour and are naturally sweetened with maple syrup. They have a delicious, buttery flavor and the perfect texture for making cut-out cookies!
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A hand holding a stack of three peanut butter chocolate no bake cookies.
4.40 from 220 votes

Healthy No Bake Cookies

Peanut butter chocolate healthy no bake cookies made with half the amount of sugar in traditional no bake cookies and coconut oil instead of butter. Dairy-free, vegan and refined sugar free.
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Almond flour thumbprint cookies on a cooling rack. Some have raspberry jam and some have orange marmalade.
4.26 from 378 votes

Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies

These easy and healthy almond flour thumbprint cookies are made with just six simple ingredients. They’re festive and perfect for the holidays.
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Cookies on parchment paper.
4.92 from 12 votes

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These soft and fudgy chocolate crinkle cookies are made with whole wheat flour, applesauce, maple syrup and coated in confectioners' sugar. They're the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray!
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3 gingersnap cookies. The middle one has a bite taken out of it.
4.59 from 31 votes

Gluten-Free Gingersnap Cookies

These gluten-free gingersnap cookies are made with quinoa flour. They’re crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside and absolutely delicious!
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Gluten-free and grain-free almond cookies on a plate.
4.89 from 44 votes

Almond Cookies

These almond cookies are made with almond flour, almond extract and topped with sliced almonds. They're buttery, soft and melt in your mouth delicious. Gluten-free + grain-free.
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A close up overhead photo looking down at chocolate peppermint cookies on a wire cooling rack on top of brown parchment paper.
4.50 from 40 votes

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

These vegan chocolate peppermint cookies are soft, chewy and topped with crushed candy canes for the perfect holiday treat. They're flourless, naturally sweetened and come together quickly in just one bowl!
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Peanut butter blossom cookies next to each other on a table.
4.43 from 56 votes

Healthy Peanut Butter Blossoms

With only six ingredients and about 15 minutes to whip up, these heathy peanut butter blossoms are an easy addition to your holiday cookie tray! Vegan and gluten-free. 
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Cookies cooling on a wire rack.
5 from 10 votes

Oatmeal Scotchies

These flourless oatmeal scotchies are made with almond butter, maple syrup, rolled oats and studded with butterscotch chips. They're soft, chewy and absolutely delicious!
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Healthy snickerdoodle cookies on a gold cookie tray.
4.07 from 45 votes

Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles

These easy gluten-free snickerdoodles are fluffy, chewy and loaded with cinnamon flavor in every bite. They're made with a combo of almond flour and oat flour and come together in one bowl!
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Lemon ricotta cookies on a plate with lemon wedges.
4.89 from 27 votes

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

These lemon ricotta cookies are made with oat flour and topped with a delicious light lemon glaze. They're soft, moist, fluffy and absolutely delicious!
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Hand holding a snowflake cut out cookies decorated with white icing and sprinkles.
4.19 from 33 votes

Gluten Free Coconut Flour Sugar Cookies

These grain-free, gluten-free sugar cookies are made with coconut flour. They have a delicious, buttery flavor and the perfect texture for making cut-out cookies!
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An overhead photo looking down at a plate of almond butter espresso cookies. Extra cookies are scattered around the plate alongside a bowl of coffee beans and a mug of hot cocoa.
3.85 from 69 votes

Almond Butter Espresso Cookies

These almond butter espresso cookies are the perfect combination of crunchy and chewy. They're super easy to whip up and require only six ingredients and one bowl. Plus, they're flourless, vegan and gluten-free!
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Peanut butter cookies sprinkled with sea salt on a cooling rack.
4.34 from 250 votes

Peanut Butter Cookies

These delicious and healthy peanut butter cookies are made in one bowl and with only 4 ingredients. Sweetened with maple syrup and made without eggs or butter!
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Almond crescent cookies on a plate.
4.23 from 300 votes

Almond Crescent Cookies

These almond crescent cookies are buttery, nutty and melt-in-your-mouth delicious! They come together quickly with only 6 simple ingredients and are the perfect healthy holiday treat.
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Oatmeal date cookies on a white plate.
3.91 from 63 votes

Oatmeal Date Cookies

These delicious oatmeal date cookies are easy to whip up and have the perfect texture — crispy edges with a a soft and chewy center!
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Oatmeal raisin cookies on a cooling rack with one cookie having a bite taken from it.
4.26 from 74 votes

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These oatmeal raisin cookies are soft and chewy with crisp edges. They're absolutely addicting and guaranteed to be a new family favorite!
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Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 9 no bake almond cookies half dipped in dark chocolate or white chocolate and sprinkled with cacao nibs.
4.05 from 20 votes

No Bake Almond Cookies

These tasty no bake almond cookies are packed with almonds, dates and cacao nibs. They’re sweet and delicious as is, but insanely good dipped in chocolate as well.
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Stack of three chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookies with coconut.
4.52 from 33 votes

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut butter oatmeal cookies made with just 10 ingredients and one bowl. These cookies are healthier than most — gluten-free, made without butter or oil and only about 100 calories per cookie!
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A plate full of chocolate chip tahini cookies.
4.61 from 88 votes

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chocolate chip tahini cookies pack a nutritional punch with fiber, healthy fats and protein, plus they're vegan & gluten-free!
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Hot cocoa cookies in a row.

Hot Cocoa Cookies

These delicious hot cocoa cookies are made with almond butter, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar, making them paleo and gluten-free!
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Plate of healthy peanut butter balls covered in chocolate. One has bite taken out of it.
4.25 from 122 votes

Healthier Peanut Butter Balls

Make healthier peanut butter balls with only 5 simple ingredients: peanut butter, oats, dates, chocolate and coconut oil! No powdered sugar or butter needed. These peanut butter balls are dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan!
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Healthier square magic cookie bars. An almond flour cookie crust topped with coconut caramel, coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips.
4.49 from 91 votes

Healthier Magic Cookie Bars

Healthier magic cookie bars made grain-free, gluten-free and vegan with homemade sweetened condensed coconut milk. 
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An overhead photo of a bowl of avocado truffles. The top truffle has a bite taken out of it.
4.72 from 53 votes

Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

These dark chocolate avocado truffles are made with avocado instead of heavy cream. They're rich, creamy and absolutely delicious. Made with just 4 simple ingredients they come together quickly! Gluten-free + vegan.
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Hand holding a piece of healthy Christmas Crack, topped with almonds and cranberries.
4.32 from 16 votes

Healthier Christmas Crack

Putting a healthier spin on a not-so-healthy classic! This healthier Christmas crack recipe is made with almond flour crackers, coconut sugar and dark chocolate. It's also gluten-free and can easily be made dairy-free if needed! 
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Crescent cookies lined up on a cookie sheet.

Now that you have all these recipes, wouldn’t it be fun to host a healthy Christmas cookie exchange party? Here are some of my top tips for a successful exchange!

  • Invite friends! I’ve read that anywhere between 8-10 friends is a perfect amount. Just make sure everyone you invite loves to bake!
  • Figure out how many cookies to make for everyone. Some websites recommend a dozen for each person, but in my opinion that’s wayyyy too many! I typically like taking home 2-3 of each cookie. So do the math: # of cookies per guest x # of guests = how many cookies each person needs to make. Also, remember some of the cookies will get eaten at the party.
  • If possible, have some sort of sign up sheet so people can see what everyone’s bringing! It’s definitely more fun when you have a variety of treats.
  • Containers! Either have each guest bring their own storage containers or purchase containers so that everyone has something to take their cookies home in.
  • Make snacks (besides the cookies)! I like making a party of the cookie exchange so I’ll typically make some appetizers and have a holiday themed drink so we can all hang out and celebrate the holidays before we exchange cookies! This is also helpful so that attendees have something to snack on rather than just sweets.
Almond flour thumbprint cookies on a cooling rack. Some have raspberry jam and some have orange marmalade.

How to Store Cookies

Whether you participated in a cookie exchange or just made a bunch for yourself, storing cookies properly is key! Some cookies will have specific instructions on storing (if they need to be refrigerated or frozen) but in general, there are two simple steps to take when storing your cookies.

  1. Make sure they have cooled completely.
  2. Store them in an airtight container!

That’s it!

Stack of magic cookie bars.

How to Pack and Ship Cookies for the Holidays

Cookies (and other homemade gifts) are such a thoughtful idea for friends and family during the holidays. Instead of stressing about buying gifts for everyone, why not gift/ship a variety of Christmas cookies? Who doesn’t love mail and who doesn’t love cookies? NO ONE.

If you’re hand-delivering the cookies, you can go light on the packing and just put them in cute containers or tin, but if you’re shipping the cookies through the mail, be sure to use a good amount of protective padding so that the cookies don’t arrive broken. Here are some additional tips:

  1. Let your cookies cool completely. Please don’t pack up warm cookies! Even if they are just sliiiightly warm, they will create condensation in your package and create soggy cookies.
  2. Pack in an airtight container! You can use a simple disposable container (brands usually release cute themed containers around the holidays), but there are cute reusable airtight containers that you can package the cookies in and gift. Not only will the recipient get cookies, but they’ll also get a cool reusable container. I love stainless steel and glass containers, but these are probably only practical if you’re delivering the cookies in-person rather than shipping.
  3. Wrap it up. Don’t worry, you can still make the package cute, but make sure you use lots of padding! Bubble wrap, tissue paper, crinkle strips, etc. will all help pad your container and make sure the cookies make it to their final destination in one piece.

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4.29 from 32 votes

Healthy Snowball Cookies (+ More Healthy Christmas Cookies)

Make these snowball cookies are made with just 6 ingredients and get other ideas for more healthy Christmas cookies to make this year!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 11

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup finely ground almond flour
  • 3 Tablespoons softened organic butter, ghee or vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • 5 –6 Tablespoons organic confectioners’ sugar, divided*
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon salt
  • cup finely chopped pecans

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a non-stick baking sheet.
  • Mix almond flour, softened butter, 3 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and salt in a small bowl until a cohesive dough forms. It will seem a little dry at first, but just keep mixing. Once combined, mix in chopped pecans. You can use your hands to help mix the pecans in if needed.
  • Roll tablespoons of the dough into a ball and place on baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake the cookies for 20 minutes or until they start to turn light golden brown on the bottom.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for about 5 minutes. Transfer them to a rack to cool 10 minutes more. Place 2-3 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar in a shallow bowl and roll each cookie until coated. Let cookies cool completely and enjoy.
  • Store any leftover cookies in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to a month. I’ve found storing in the fridge helps the cookies keep a crisp texture and ensures that the powdered sugar doesn’t soak into the cookies.

Notes

  • Using powdered erythritol (such as Swerve) instead of confectioners’ sugar makes these cookies even lower in sugar.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 272mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy snowball cookies
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  1. This looks delicious! I will try to make a fig salad and will tell you how my friends found it. Thank you for sharing such a nice salad recipe!