This is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act.
I'm committed to my healthy lifestyle, but the idea of a holiday without cookies makes me really sad.
That's why I was so excited to find not just one, but several collections of better-for-you holiday cookies. They all include healthy swaps to help cut the fat, calories and guilt that often go hand-in-hand with holiday sweets.
A word of caution, however - even though these cookies are healthier, they are still treats, so indulge sparingly.
- Prevention magazine offers healthy swaps for 20+ holiday cookies, including Ginger Cashew Pillows, Chocolate-Coconut Rum Balls and Vanilla Poppyseed Biscotti.
- Eating Well has dozens of healthier cookie recipes for the holidays, including Apricot-Almond Sandwich Cookies, Lava Rocks and Lusciously Nutty Holiday Logs.
- Good Housekeeping features seven recipes for healthier cookies, including Almond Macaroon Fingers, Brownie Bites and Figgy Bars.
- Taste of Home has six "better-for-you" cookie recipes, including White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies, Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti and Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies.
- WebMD lightens up four classic cookie recipes, including Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies, Almond Struesel and Tropical Treasure Cookies.
- SheKnows offers holiday cookie recipes aimed at people with restricted diets, including Potato Chip Cookies (nut- and egg-free), Egg-Free Pumpkin Cookies and Peanut Butter Cookies in Minutes (gluten-free).
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