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Healthy Cookie Recipes For The Holidays

Along with the holiday season comes all kinds of desserts, and it can be difficult to maintain a healthy diet. While there’s nothing wrong with eating delicious pastries at the holiday parties you attend, there are easy ways to make cookies a little bit healthier! If you’re baking cookies for an event or to give as gifts to friends and family, try one of these healthier recipes (that taste just as yummy!)

Oatmeal Raisin

Oatmeal raisin cookies are a classic for the holiday season, but this recipe adds a healthy twist by using less butter and incorporating apple butter. The apple butter adds a nice sweetness and flavor while adding moisture to the cookies.

For two dozen cookies, you will need:

  • Boiling water

  • ½ cup raisins

  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ cup apple butter

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup light brown sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking)

First, prepare the raisins by placing them in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. After five minutes, the raisins should appear plump. Drain the water and set aside the raisins until they have completely cooled.

For the cookies, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Next, take out your electronic mixer, and beat the apple butter, unsalted butter, and sugar until fluffy. Then, beat in the egg and vanilla until combined. Turn the mixer on low, and gradually add the flour mixture. Lastly, stir in the oats and raisins. Use a rounded spoon to drop the cookies onto parchment-lined baking sheets, and bake for about 15 minutes.

Light Chocolate Chip Cookies

When craving a crispy chocolate chip cookie, this recipe will hit the spot! By using ground oats, whole wheat pastry flour, less butter, and agave nectar, these cookies cut the fat and calories but keep all the flavor!

To make two dozen cookies, you will need:

  • ½ cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking)

  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • ⅔ cup packed light brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Combine the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt in a food processor. Pulse the mixture until the oats are finely ground, then set aside. Next, combine the butter, sugar, and agave nectar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Turn the mixer to the lowest setting, slowly adding in the flour, then stir in the chocolate chips.

Place tablespoons of dough onto silicone mat lined baking sheets (keep in mind that the cookies like to spread, so place at least two inches apart.) Put the sheets in the fridge for about 30 minutes, or until solid. While they are chilling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then bake for about 15 minutes.

Recipes from www.foodnetwork.com

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