4 Easy Tips to Bake Healthy Christmas Cookies

4 Easy Tips to Bake Healthy Christmas Cookies by North Carolina foodie blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

When you are invited to a Christmas gift exchange party or you just want to bake cookies at home, it can be hard when you are trying to make healthy Christmas cookies. A lot of holiday cookies, whether for Christmas or other holidays, are filled with chocolate, sugar, caramel, peanut butter, and a lot of other ingredients that definitely add to the calories, fat, and carb content. Here are some tips that can help you bake healthy Christmas cookies, whether they become gluten-free, low-carb, or lower in fat and calories.

Switch to Dark Chocolate

Quite a few Christmas cookies contain chocolate, but that doesn’t mean you need to do without these yummy cookies when you are trying to be healthier. A better way to make healthy Christmas cookies with chocolate is to make the switch to dark chocolate. It is slightly less in fat and calories, but more important, dark chocolate is good for you. Dark chocolate is also filled with antioxidants, and sometimes these are even doctor-recommended. Add dark chocolate chips to your favorite Christmas cookies to make them a little healthier. Plus you won’t feel as guilty when you sneak a few chips or a handful or two. Don’t laugh you know you do it too. 

Roll Flatter Sugar Cookie Dough

A super easy way to cut the overall fat and calories per cookie with traditional sugar cut-out cookies is to roll the dough flatter. Plus you will get more cookies to give to your neighbor or to host a cookie exchange. You are going to reduce the portion sizes but still, have some amazing sugar cookies. It is a simple way to get some healthy Christmas cookies that will cut the nutritional facts in half, but by using the exact same sugar recipe your family is used to. It also lets you have more dough to make even more cookies than you are used to making.

Use Healthy Oils

Another thing that Christmas cookies often have in common is using a lot of fats, such as butter. However, you can easily make them heart healthy by cutting back and switching to healthier oils. Get rid of all the butter, shortening, and vegetable oil in the recipe, and opt for coconut oil, olive oil, or canola oil instead for some healthy Christmas cookies. There are even some substitutions that allow you to use pureed fruit to replace the fats and make them even healthier. I have even heard of using applesauce as a substitute. 

Try Adding Some Dates

If you feel that your holiday cookies need to be sweeter, but you want to reduce the amount of sugar being used, you can replace the sweetness with dates. Dates are a type of fruit that tastes a bit nutty, but in general has a mild flavor. They contain a lot of sweetness, so when you puree them and add them to your cookie recipes, it makes a big difference without adding to the fat or calories of the cookies recipes. Plus you can use the leftover dates to make date nut bread and send me a loaf. 

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