16 Healthy & Easy Holiday Cookie Recipes

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a plate of cookies with milk and candy cane. holiday cookie recipes

Baking and sharing cookies are popular holiday traditions because they come with that genuine homemade feeling. Plus, there are so many tempting cookie varieties that nearly everyone has a few favorites that they love. Now here’s good news for you: you can enjoy making and eating healthy holiday treats and stay on track to your weight loss goal! We’ve given these easy holiday cookie recipes a healthy makeover so you can join in the fun. They’re all so sweet and delicious that you’ll be proud to give them as gifts—and only you will know they are made with better-for-you ingredients. Best of all, they’re quick and easy to make, even if you have no baking experience.

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1. Chocolate Snowball Cookies >

Chocolate Snowball Holiday Cookie Recipes

Servings: 12

Calories per Serving: 90

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 3 Extras

Peanut butter, cocoa powder and coconut are the flavorful stars of these soft bites. You can whip up a batch in just 10 minutes, so you can eat them fresh whenever you have a craving for a treat.

2. 3-Step Cinnamon Pecan Cookies >

Servings: 8 (1 serving = 1 cookie)

Calories per Serving: 114

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel and 1 Extra

The nutty crunch of pecans and the naturally sweet taste of cinnamon come together in these simple-to-make crispy cookies. You’ll get a little burst of protein from the nuts and the metabolism-boosting power of cinnamon, while everyone else raves about the delightful flavor.

3. Iced Protein Peppermint Cookies >

Iced Protein Peppermint holiday cookie recipes

Servings: 9 (1 serving = 1 cookie)

Calories per Serving: 91

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel

With bananas, the handy vanilla Nutrisystem Protein and Probiotic Shake and a bit of peppermint extract, you can make soft, frosted cookies with that cool holiday taste. Add some festive sprinkles and let the party begin!

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4. Pumpkin Spice Cookies >

Easy Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Servings: 12 (1 serving = 1 cookie)

Calories per Serving: 76

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 2 Extras

If you love the aroma of warm spices in your home and the seasonal tastes of pumpkin and maple syrup, make a batch of these simple but flavorful cookies. They’re very low in calories and high in satisfaction.

5. Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies >

Air Fryer Peanut Butter Cookies

Servings: 10 (1 serving = 1 cookie)

Calories per Serving: 121

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel and 1 Extra

The air fryer isn’t just for making delicious, low-calorie meals—it’s a handy tool for baking tasty cookies like these in under 10 minutes! And that’s especially good news, because you won’t want to wait to get a bite of these peanut butter treats.

6. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies >

Chocolate Peppermint holiday cookie recipes

Servings: 28 (1 serving = 1 cookie)

Calories per Serving: 44.8

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 2 Extras

The richness of chocolate and the cool sensation of mint give these cookies the perfect balance of sensational flavors. Even better, you’ll be amazed that they have less than 50 calories each.

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7. 4-Ingredient Easy Thumbprint Cookies >

easy thumbprint cookies

Servings: 5 (1 serving = 1 cookie)

Calories per Serving: 85

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb

Jelly-filled thumbprints are a staple of many family cookie traditions and you don’t have to pass on them when you’re trying to lose excess weight. These are made with four simple, healthy ingredients but don’t compromise on taste. Holiday cookie recipes don’t have to be complicated!

8. Strawberry Oatmeal Cookies >

strawberry oatmeal cookies

Servings: 6 (1 serving = 2 cookies)

Calories per Serving: 78

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 2 Extras

Oatmeal cookies are a classic treat to enjoy with a cup of coffee, tea or non-fat milk. These come out of the oven warm and moist every time because they’re made with applesauce, yogurt and naturally sweet strawberries.

9. Gluten Free Sugar Cookies >

gluten free sugar cookies. Holiday cookie recipes

Servings: 24  (1 serving = 1 cookie)

Calories per Serving: 59

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 2 Extras

Avoiding gluten as well as excess fat and sugar doesn’t mean you can’t join in on holiday cookie recipes. Our recipe developers took the classic sugar cookie and made it low in calories and satisfyingly sweet, as well as gluten free.

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10. Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies >

double chocolate cherry cookies. Holiday cookie recipes

Servings: 19 (1 serving = 2 cookies)

Calories per Serving: 104

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb

Each bite of these moist and chewy treats will light up your taste buds with the flavors of real chocolate and tart cherries. They’re so good, your family is sure to clamor for them all year long.

11. Gluten Free Chewy Ginger Cookies >

healthy gluten free chewy ginger cookies

Servings: 16

Calories per Serving: 102

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 3 Extras

Ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg spice these cookies with the flavors of the season. Plus, they’re made with molasses, so they’re perfectly sweet but not loaded with excess sugar.

12. Cranberry Cookies Made with Sweet Potato >

cranberry cookies made with sweet potato. Holiday cookie recipes

Servings: 6 (1 serving = 2 cookies)

Calories per Serving: 163

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb and 2 Extras

Mashed sweet potato makes these cookies lightly sweet and nicely tender, while real cranberries provide the tart contrast in every bite. It takes just five simple steps to bake a batch, so you don’t have to spend hours preparing them when you’re craving cookies that taste like the holidays.

13. Maple Walnut Cookies >

maple walnut cookies. Holiday cookie recipes

Servings: 12 (1 serving = 1 cookie)

Calories per Serving: 122

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb and 1 Extra

If you love holiday cookie recipes that are both a bit salty and lightly sweet, these glazed cookies will hit the spot. They’re made with crunchy nuts, real maple syrup, the tang of apples and a hint of cinnamon, so you get a medley of seasonal flavors in each one.

14. Soft and Chewy Breakfast Cookies >

Servings: 9 (1 serving = 1 cookie)

Calories per Serving: 132

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb and 1 Extra

Yes, you can have cookies for breakfast—or just about any time you need to fuel up—with these hearty treats. They’re made with real oats, so you get a bit of fiber, plus nut butter and pumpkin seeds for a quick shot of protein to power up your day.

15. Air Fryer Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies >

air fryer peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

Servings: 10 (1 serving = 1 cookie)

Calories per Serving: 149

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel and 2 Extras

Peanut butter and chocolate chips give you two great tastes in one deliciously healthy cookie. Make them in the air fryer and you keep the mess to a minimum and the goodness to the maximum.

16. Whole Grain Black and White Cookies >

whole grain black and white cookies. Holiday cookie recipes

Servings: 24 (1 serving = 3 cookies)

Calories per Serving: 87

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb

If you thought you’d never be able to enjoy these classic frosted treats and stay on track with your weight loss plan, we’ve got happy news for you. With this version, you can make a batch whenever you want and enjoy three of them in each serving.