It’s the most wonderful time of the year! …or something like that. I actually really enjoy the holidays and love gathering with my favorite people around a delicious meal. Bonus: Christmas cookies! I participated in my first Christmas cookie exchange last year and absolutely loved getting to share some of my favorite healthy christmas cookies with our friends. I really loved baking cookies for my friends and gathering to celebrate as a group. What can I say?! I’m a Jew who loves Christmas!
Making Cookies in Advance
Whether you’re getting together with friends and family for a baking day ahead of the holidays or just want to know how to store your healthy Christmas cookies, I wanted to pass along a tip that I found to be helpful during what can be a hectic time of year. You can 100% make your cookies ahead of time. I recommend two ways of making your cookies in advance:
- Pre-make the dough and freeze – most cookies can be pre-made and rolled into a log and stored in an airtight container. When you’re ready to bake, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw for 10 minutes before cutting log and placing on a baking sheet
- Bake your cookies and then freeze – If you know you have an event coming up or a party to attend you can absolutely bake and freeze your cookies in advance. Just take them out of the freezer the night before to thaw. This will ensure ultimate freshness rather than leaving them at room temperature or even refrigerating them. Store in an airtight container and store for up to a month or two before enjoying! If your cookies have some type of frosting or topping, my personal recommendation is to just freeze the “base cookie” and complete the frosting portion after you’ve thawed them. Frosting doesn’t tend to freeze as well as the base cookie.
10 Healthy Christmas Cookies
Over the years I’ve baked my fair-share of healthy Christmas cookies and have learned that keeping them healthy does not mean they can’t be delicious. Here are 10 of my favorite healthy Christmas cookies from THM and around the web:
Healthy Peppermint Chocolate Cookies – These cookies are grain-free, paleo and made in one-bowl. They’re not short on delicious, sweet flavor though and are perfect for your next holiday get-together or cookie bake-off!
Ginger Molasses Cookies –Healthier ginger molasses cookies, made with unrefined coconut sugar, light on the butter and a zesty spice mix. Sub gluten-free flour for a gluten-free alternative or keep regular for an equally delicious cookie recipe.
Double Chocolate Cookies – These cookies are grain-free, made with just 6 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes. They’re the healthy cookies you always dreamed of that taste far more decadent than they seem!
Grain-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies– Made with just 6 simple ingredients, these healthy chocolate cookies with dried cranberries are grain-free and will totally hit the spot!
Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies – Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies that the whole family can enjoy including those with gluten allergies and intolerances. The ultimate Christmas cookie without the gluten.
Healthy Chocolate Turtles – Peanuts, caramel made out of dates and a chocolate coating? You better believe it. These whip up in no time at all and are ridiculously delicious.
Paleo Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – Are you a mint chocolate lover? These grain-free cookies were made for you!
Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies – Lighten up your holiday season with these spectacular soft raspberry thumbprint cookies. They’re grain-free and made with a delicious homemade raspberry filling.
Gluten-Free Almond Biscotti – For some reason I hadn’t tried good biscotti until I was an adult and now I’m obsessed. This recipe looks delicious!
Sea Salt Nutella Thumbprint Cookies – Sea salt + nutella? Sold! Lexi has a recipe for homemade nutella but if that’s not your jam, you can use plain ol’ chocolate.
Most importantly: enjoy the company! Cookies are great and all, but the holidays are just about food. Also don’t stress too much about “overeating” or “cheat meals”. Just enjoy the damn cookie (or 3!).
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