3 Healthy Cookie Recipes to Try over the Holidays

The holiday season is a time of togetherness, gifts, and eating. Snacks are plentiful during this time of year, and many of us find it hard to resist candy, cookies, and other treats at home and at work. Luckily, there are alternatives for healthy treats that are also tasty.

If you’re making cookies this season, here are three healthy recipes you can try:

Paleo chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ cup butter (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Flaky sea salt for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Using a hand mixer, add butter, almond butter, honey, egg, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  2. Fold in chocolate chips, then add tablespoons of batter to prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle cookies with flaky sea salt.
  3. Bake until edges are golden, 13 to 15 minutes.

Cocoa-pepper waffle cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp coarse ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil spray
  • Powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter with the brown sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy, 4 minutes. Beat in the egg, egg white, and vanilla until combined. Sift the flour with the cocoa and baking soda to remove the cocoa lumps. Add the mixture to the bowl along with the pepper, and beat at medium-low speed until the batter is moistened. Beat in the buttermilk; the batter will be stiff.
  2. Preheat a waffle iron and spray with vegetable oil. For each cookie, spoon 2 tablespoons of batter into a quadrant of the waffle iron; if the iron is large enough, there may be room to make more than one cookie at a time. Close and cook just until fragrant, about 2 minutes, depending on your machine. Carefully lift the cookie and transfer it to a wire rack. Dust the cookie with powdered sugar and repeat with the remaining batter, spraying the waffle iron as needed. Serve the cookies warm or at room temperature.

Apple pie oatmeal cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup instant oats
  • ¾ cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup agave
  • 1 cup red apple (finely diced)

Directions:

  1. Whisk the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the coconut oil, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the agave. Add the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Fold in the apple. Chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325°, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  3. Drop the cookie dough into 15 rounded scoops onto the prepared sheet, and flatten slightly. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.