Eat Well Dec. 20. 2016

10 Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipes

Dec. 20. 2016
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

Hey guys and happy holidays! It’s that time of year when things seem a little more magical and you get to spread joy to your friends and family. If there’s one memory that sticks with me from the holidays, it’s setting up a huge table at my moms house overflowing with sugar cookies cut out using her cookie cutters from the 70’s, colored icing everywhere, sprinkles, and all the fun toppings to “win” at having the best decorated cookie. Until I felt I’ve perfected the sugar cookie, I wanted to round up some of my favorite HEALTHY, simple, and delicious cookie recipes you and your family can make together this holiday. Also, they make great thoughtful gifts! Read more of this collection of 10 healthy Christmas Cookie recipes to give as gifts that are gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. Keep reading for ideas!

Share wellness

One of my favorite gifts to give are thoughtful DIY gifts. Last year I gave my family members a meditation kit to help them feel balanced (see ideas for your own meditation kit in the 2016 NS Gift Guide). If you want to gift some delicious goodies to your family, coworkers, or neighbors, or just have a reason to bake some cookies, look no further! Below are my favorite 10 treat recipes for sharing with loved ones.

No. 01

Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

A delicious, chewy, and gluten free thumbprint cookie with a sweet and tart raspberry filling. Gluten free and paleo friendly.

No. 02

Beetroot Coconut Sugar Cookies

A healthy take on the sugar cookie made with beets, oats, and coconut. Gluten free and dairy free.

No. 03

Oatmeal Raisin and Apple Sandwich Cookies

A delicious naturally vegan and gluten free alternative to a traditional oatmeal raisin cookie using only whole food ingredients.

No. 04

Pistachio Crusted Chewy Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

A chewy, gluten free and grain free chocolate chip and cranberries cookie.

No. 05

Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies

A unique chocolate chip cookie made with tigernut flour, tigernuts, and chocolate chips. Gluten free, vegan, and paleo friendly.

No. 06

Coconut Ginger Cookie Crisps

A thin gluten free cookie crisp with flavors of coconut and ginger.

No. 07

Caramel Cookie Candy Bars

A delicious shortbread cookie with raw caramel sauce and chocolate for the ultimate variation of a healthy Twix. Gluten free and vegan.

No. 08

Peanut Butter Cookies from the Guide To Master Meal Planning



No. 9

Sesame Shortbread Cookies

Gluten free and dairy free Sesame Shortbread Cookies topped with sesame seeds and poppy seeds for a sweet, nutty, and crunchy dessert.

No. 10

Superfood Chocolate Bark (okay not technically a cookie, but still a great holiday treat!)

Got cookies?

Have any favorite Christmas cookie recipes or cookie traditions? Share ’em in the comments! And if you make any of these yourself, be sure to let me know what you think in the comments and share them on Instagram with #nutritionstripped so we can see! I hope you’re having a happy and healthy holiday season.

xx McKel

p.s. Gift even more wellness with the #NScookbook! It’s got my favorite nutrition and wellness advice plus 100+ whole food recipes made deliciously simple not found on the blog.

The Recipe

Serves 12



    • 1 cup organic peanut butter


    • 1 whole egg


    • 1 cup coconut sugar


    • Pinch of sea salt (reserved for the tops of the cookie before baking)




    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grease with coconut oil.


    1. In a large mixing bowl, combine peanut butter , and coconut sugar; whisk to combine or use a hand mixer until smooth and well combined.


    1. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the dough on the lined baking sheet, gently press down with fork and bake for 7 minutes. Remove from oven and let completely cool before storing in an airtight glass container for up to 2 weeks in the pantry or in the fridge.


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