12 Days of Healthier Holiday Cookies

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Healthy holiday cookies? Sounds like an oxymoron.

Indulge in the holidays with these festive healthier cookie recipes. You're bound to find the perfect holiday cookies for everyone on your list.

This collection of cookie recipes use sweeteners judiciously, no hydrogenated fat, contain all-natural ingredients as possible. So, bake a dozen or two, swap with friends and family and enjoy these delectable holiday cookies.

I've curated 12 healthier holiday cookies that will bring some holiday joy with good-for-you ingredients.

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Image Credit: iFood Real

1. Healthy Gingerbread Men

It wouldn't be the holidays without Gingerbread men cookies. This is a clean version using wholesome ingredients like fresh molasses and ginger. (Get the recipe here)

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Image Credit: Healthy Seasonal Recipes

2. Linzer Thumbprint Cookies

These bite-sized renditions of a Linzer torte is a healthier holiday treat. Thumbprint cookies are made with whole-grain flour then baked with raspberry jam nestled in the middle for a gorgeous presentation. (Get the recipe here)

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Photo Credit: White on Rice Couple

3. Sweet Potato Molasses Cookies

Sweet potato plays a central role in this soft cake like cookie made decadently combined with molasses and raisins soaked in rum. (Get the recipe here)

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Nourishing Meals

4. Peanut butter Cookies

You're going to love that these cookies are a much, much healthier alternative to peanut butter cookies. The recipe features chia seeds and a smooth, decadent peanut buttery taste.

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Photo Credit: Rawmanda

5. Raw Gingerbread Balls

If Pumpkin Spice is the official flavor of Thanksgiving, then Gingerbread is the true flavor of Christmas. These gingerbread balls are raw, packed with flavor, delicious and not loaded with refined sugars. (Get the recipe here)

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Photo Credit: Yummy Healthy Easy

6. Double Chocolate Avocado Cookies

Here's a version you're going to love and not even realize the healthy ingredient in them. These are amazingly moist, chocolatey, decadent, rich Double Chocolate Avocado Cookies. The healthy twist? Avocado. Yes! Swap out the butter for a healthy fat. (Get the recipe here)

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Photo Credit: Al Day I Dream About Food

7. Cranberry Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Cranberry Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies are Low Carb and Gluten Free plus good-for-you ingredients like coconut oil, almond flour, cranberries, and walnuts. (Get the recipe here)

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Photo Credit: Lexi's Clean Kitchen

8. Sea Salt Nutella Thumbprints

I know, I had you a Nutella. Did you think you were going to get through your holiday baking without Nutella? These Sea Salt Nutella Thumbprints are delicious, and they'll be hard to resist. The impressive thing is that they are Paleo! (Get the recipe here)

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Photo Credit: The Healthy Maven

9. Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are like soft little pillows of holiday deliciousness without refined sugar. (Get the recipe here)

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Photo Credit:Food Faith Fitness

10. White Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti's

Biscotti is the cookies are those types of cookies that are essential for Christmas morning while opening up presents. The recipe calls for avocado instead of butter, which brings out a festiveness with the pale green hue and candy cane colors. (Get the recipe here)

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Photo credit: My Natural Family

11. Paleo Spritz Cookies

These Paleo spritz cookies are incredible and will have you reminiscing of those spritz cookies that came in those tin cans. (Get the recipe here)

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Photo Credit: The Clean Dish

12. Frankfurter Bethmannchen German Marzipan Christmas Cookies

These are going to be the cookie for your next holiday cookie swap. They are soft, chewy and will bring a smile to your face. Your body will love the healthy ingredients, too! (Get the recipe here

All of this cookie talk has made me hungry! What are your favorite healthy holiday treats? Share them with me below!

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