Tasty Treats: Delicious (and Healthy) Holiday Cookie Recipes

It seems like even Grandma has gone gluten-free these day. So take it as a sign that it’s time to tinker with your holiday cookie recipes. Once you swirl in ingredients such molasses and coconut, you won’t even miss the butter and refined sugar. Plus, you’ll make Santa’s shimmy down the chimney that much easier with these lightened up sweets.

Paleo Sugar Cookies
Committed to staying on your Paleo kick through the holidays? The Urban Poser’s dairy, egg, and grain-free recipe keeps you from tearing into your aunt’s famous snickerdoodles. Ground almonds bind the batter together and applesauce and coconut oil make each bite moist.
Get the recipe at theurbanposer.com.

Raw Gooey Caramel Biscuits
You don’t have to turn on the oven to make these chewy confections. A rich coating of cacao and maple syrup envelopes the peanut butter and date center. The dash of mesquite powder promises to perk up an overworked Santa when he stops by for his annual snack of milk and cookies.
Get the recipe at lovingearth.net

Chai Spiced Meringues
Laced with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, these feather-light confections fill your kitchen with the unmistakable aroma of the holidays. And it’s hard to believe something this delicious has only five calories. Meringues are finicky, so do a test run before you commit a batch to that cookie swap.
Get the recipe at myfarefoodie.blogspot.com

Speculaas
The spiced ginger cookie is ubiquitous in the Netherlands come Christmastime. Luckily, this vegan version forgoes the generous pats of butter stirred into most varieties. The delicate dough is traditionally pressed into wooden molds, though your most intricate cookie cutters will turn these into showstoppers.
Get the recipe at onegreenplanet.org

Gingerbread Men
Most gingerbread gents are wardrobed in candy and icing. This year, outfit them in pistachios, shredded coconut, and dried cranberries. A coating of maple syrup is the key to getting your toppings to stick. If you think they look naked without sprinkles, dust them in sugar colored with natural dyes.
Get the recipe at ifoodreal.com