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How to Make Healthy Cookies

Healthy cookie tipsEver wonder how to make healthy cookies for a cookie exchange? There seems to be a contradiction in terms, but bear with me. There are ways to make cookies healthier so that everyone can still enjoy an occasional treat without you feeling guilty about it.

Keeping even adults away from cookies is a losing battle, but what if you could reduce the number of calories in each cookie, or lower the carbs. Seems like a win-win situation to me… So why not give some of these a try?

Maple Cinnamon Delights

Maple and cinnamon always combine perfectly to add a little festivity even to the most simple of cookies.

You can get a little crafty with these by using whole wheat flour instead of the usual white flour. And why not replace substitute olive oil for half of the butter? Finally add your sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup and natural maple flavoring.

Shortbread Cookies

Gluten allergy is a major concern nowadays, so why not make gluten-free shortbread cookies?

The basic ingredients you will need are gluten-free flour and baking powder, dairy-free butter, powdered sugar and xantham gum. To add a little Holiday spirit, melt some soy or dairy-free chocolate chips and drizzle a little on top. They are fragile, so be gentle with them!

Lemon Cookies

Lighten up your offering by introducing a little zing and a softer texture with this slightly tart, chewy snickerdoodle type of cookies.

You will need egg whites, butter, lemon zest, salt, baking powder, cornstarch, whole wheat flour, vanilla extract, and butter extract.

These make a welcome change from the normal heavier chocolate and peanut butter flavors.

Light Pecan Balls

These are often found at Italian weddings as part of the dessert table offerings. All you really need is confectioners’ sugar, flour, vanilla, salt, butter and pecan chips – so they are naturally light.

But even here, you can use sugar substitutes and even almond flour or whole wheat flour instead of regular white flour.

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