For a lot of people, the holidays are a time to splurge. Forget about the tedious calorie counting and just indulge in all the treats that make the season special, right? Well, it turns out you can enjoy those festive flavors and STILL stay on track. Here are some inspirations for amazing holiday cookies that you, Santa, your family, and even your waistline will love.
Chocolate Rice Crispies
This recipe includes unsalted butter and unsweetened cocoa powder but they're still UN-believably tasty.
Find the recipe at: Self
Star Mint Meringues
Whipped egg whites are what makes meringues a dream for calorie-counters. Each cookie weighs in at about 27 calories.
Find the recipe at: Better Homes
With ground cinnamon and vanilla, these cookies are definitely comfort food without the comfort food guilt.
Find the recipe at: Eat Yourself Skinny
Incorporating whole wheat flour and reducing the powdered sugar makes this recipe a bit lighter and just as yummy.
Find the recipe at: Fitness Magazine
Swirled Mint Cookie
At just 59 calories each, you can feel free to take two or three. Or four. Or...
Find the recipe at: Taste of Home
Fig & Flax Thumbprint Cookies
Brown sugar and ground flax seed make this cookie as warm and cozy as a yule log.
Find the recipe at: Eating Well
Low Fat Gingerbread Men
Using half the usual amount of butter, this recipe calls for applesauce to retain the cookie's moisture.
Find the recipe at: About.com
Mocha-Nut Fudge Flats
Strong-brewed coffee is an ingredient in these 43 calorie treats that offer a little pick-me-up.
Find the recipe at: Health
Cranberry Ginger Butter Cookies
Sugar-free dried cranberries and sugar-free crystallized ginger give these cookies a zesty zing.
Find the recipe at: All Day I Dream About Food
Chewy Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Skim milk, egg whites, and 83 calories. Oh, my!
Find the recipe at: Dashing Dish
What cookies are regularly on your family's holiday table?