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Healthier Cookies to Leave for Santa Claus This Year

While most of the United States is painfully aware that 25% of Americans are obese, the one person who might not be privy is jolly old Saint Nick.

That’s right: on Christmas Eve, as those who celebrate the holiday tuck their families into bed,  most leave cookies out for Santa Claus without thinking about the calories, fat and sugar that Santa has to consume in one night.

So, we’re here for Mr. Claus. We’ve pulled together our favorite recipes to get you through the last days of cookie season.

Chocolate Cookies: Every chocolate lover will agree that there is nothing better than a warm cookie right out of the oven. Whether it’s chocolate chips dotting your favorite biscotti or hints of chocolate in a traditional gingerbread cookie, there are plenty of ways to incorporate chocolate into holiday cookies.

BabyCakes Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Biscotti

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Chocolate Wintergreen Cookies

Flax Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies with Nuts: If you like your cookie with a little extra crunch, look to the nuts and nut butters in your pantry to jazz up your favorite cookie. A little bit of peanut butter or a few walnuts will go a long way.

Almond Fudge Truffles

No-Cook Nut Butter Crunchies

Oatmeal Fruit & Walnut Cookies

Peanut Butter Balls

Pecan Cookies

Rice Krispie Cookies

Fruit Based Cookies: Fruit is a healthy snack – until you put it in a cookie. Well, this time you can have your fruit and eat it too, because these healthier recipes replace some of the sugar and fat with natural sweetness from dried and fresh apples, dates and raisins.

Apple Pie Squares

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Diabetic Fruit Bars

Fruit & Spice Cookies

Orange Sunbeams

Tangy Lemon Bars

Bar Cookies: No two cookies are created alike and if you want to change up your cookie routine, pick a new shape this year. Bar cookies are a fun way to try your favorite cookie in a new form.

Black Forest Oatmeal Bars

Butterscotch Walnut Brownies

Chewy Coconut Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Healthier

Chocolate Crunch Bars

Raspberry Brownies

Simple & Sweet: These cookies are plain and simply delicious without any bells and whistles. If you have a sweet tooth but prefer cookies without nuts, chocolate chips or dried fruit, you’ll love the hints of cinnamon, vanilla and spice in these cookie options.

Cinnamon Meringues

Diabetic Oatmeal Cookies

Fat-Free Meringue Kisses

Ginger Cookies

Macaroons

Sugar Cookies

December 24th, 2010

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