Calling all carrot cake lovers! These dreamy cookies are a super-healthy treat, and they’re so easy to make. They are low in sugar, with only 4 grams per cookie, and made with nourishing ingredients, including fresh shredded carrots, nuts, spices and coconut. And you can whip up a batch in your food processor in less than 10 minutes.
Pecan pie is an iconic dessert here in the South, and during the holidays, many are torn between having to choose between pumpkin pie and pecan pie. It’s quite a dilemma, let me tell you, but as for me, I’m more likely to reach for the rich, gooey and almost caramel-y pecan offering. While I wholeheartedly cherish the special time with my slice, served a la mode most likely, it is far too decadent to enjoy on a frequent basis. So when I find myself craving the flavor but not necessarily all of the calories, butter and sugar, I make these pecan pie biscotti. The bonus is that they’re perfectly portable, so these twice-baked cookies can easily accompany you wherever your holiday plans may take you. Read more
Each brand of cookie was rated on a 5-point scale (5 being the highest). The cookies were evaluated on taste, nutrition and ingredient quality, with special attention paid to the types of sweeteners and fats used in the all-important filling.
Gluten-free or not, the holidays are just not the same without a assortment of colorful cookies. So I’ve rounded up recipes from some of my favorite bloggers, who develop recipes I trust. I’ve included my new Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Buttery Cut-Out Cookies with Royal Icing recipe, a feat for me (and my family and friends) considering my royal icing anxiety. (Read my story and get detailed pictures of thick and thin royal icing textures on my blog.)
All of the cookies are gluten-free, and some are also dairy-free, soy-free, grain-free and refined sugar-free. I hope there’s a cookie in here for just about everyone in your life—especially you.
Cookies for breakfast? We’re not talking about breaking open a pack of Oreos; Ellie’s breakfast cookies are loaded with whole grains, fruit, nuts cereal and even vegetables. They’re hand-held and portable, so great for when you’re on-the-run. If you do have some time to sit and relax though, give them a dunk in your morning coffee or a glass of milk.
The idea of truffles sounds so very fancy, but the secret is: they’re actually really easy to make (don’t tell the fancy chocolatiers we let the cat out of the bag on that one!). Food Network Kitchen‘s truffle cookies are made with naturally sweet ingredients like dates and honey, instead of the milk and sugar used in traditional truffles. And you can roll them in whatever you like: chopped nuts, cocoa powder, coconut, or a combination for the prettiest presentation. Get the kids to help with these, it’s fun to roll the ingredients up into balls, and tiny helping hands make for fast work.
Order: Fresh and Light
When it comes to tackling the food court, most malls offer the usual suspects of the fast food world. Use our guides make the smartest choices at McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway and Wendy’s.
A salad with vinaigrette dressing (on the side) or a small cup of soup are usually the most sensible options. Check your local mall’s website ahead of time to see which chain restaurants they feature, then download the nutrition info from the company’s website.
Not: Buttery and Sugary
While the smell of butter-drenched pretzels and over-sized chocolate chip cookies are calling out to you, these classic mall goodies can pack in more than 350 calories each. That pretzel also contains more than 40% of the daily recommended amount of sodium, while the cookie boasts 17 grams of total fat and 8 grams of saturated fat. The show-stopper just might be the ooey-gooey cinnamon bun, coming it a holiday-wrecking 880 calories and 36 grams of fat each!
Think sipping on a smoothie or festive coffee drink is better? Think again. A medium-sized smoothie or whipped cream-topped gingerbread latte will also pack in more than 300 sugar-filled calories.
Cookies help you satisfy that sweet tooth with built-in portion control (as long as you just eat one or two). We’ve rounded up some Healthy Eats-approved favorites — classic recipes, plus a few fun twists.
Ginger Pecan Oatmeal Crisps
Holiday Sugar Cookies
Crispy Rice Squares
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Biscotti
Espresso Chip Meringues
Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze
Gingerbread Boys and Girls
Triple Chocolate Cookies
TELL US: What’s your no-fail holiday cookie recipe?
Between holiday parties and cookie swaps, December is definitely the month for baking. Before you heat up the oven, check out this week’s list of reader comments for tips on trimming the sugar and fat in cookies and other baked goodies.