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December 18, 2015 / Nicole Villeneuve

Healthy Christmas Cookies: 5 Favorite Recipes

Let's be honest: Cookies are an essential part of holiday cheer. Rather than try to avoid them at all costs, having a healthier option on hand lets you satisfy your cookie cravings and celebrate the season, without the subsequent sugar crash. (And we know you'll need the energy for that last-minute shopping marathon.)

These healthy alternatives to your favorite holiday cookies offer options for every diet, from vegan to Paleo.

See more healthy Christmas cookies on PlateJoy here!

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Cayenne Pepper Cookies2Honey-Sweetened Thumbprint Cookies (from 101 Cookbooks)

Thumbprint cookies were a holiday tradition in our house at dessert time, but this lightened-up version is something you can feel good about eating for breakfast too. Try it with your favorite jam, like strawberry or fig preserves.

Sweet and Salty Fudge Bombs (from Well Fed)

Sometimes only chocolate will do. These Paleo treats taste truly decadent, but only 4 ingredients (and without grains, dairy, sugar or eggs).

Raw Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies (from The Full Helping)

This no-cook vegan recipe comes together in just a few minutes. Because when it comes to cookies, who wants to wait?

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies (from Lexi's Clean Kitchen)

We love Lexi's Paleo, gluten-free twists on comfort food, and her take on the classic chocolate chip is no exception. Pair it with warm, wintery flavors? We're sold.

Tahini Cinnamon Cookies (from Wandering Spice)

Take a trip to the Middle East with these sesame-flavored treats. Great for those with egg, dairy and nut allergies, we love their unexpected spice and the way they crumble just like a shortbread, without all the butter.

Nicole Villeneuve

Nicole Villeneuve is a certified Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach. A graduate of Yale University, she previously worked in book publishing, with a focus on cookbooks and health, and ran the food blog Paper and Salt. Her writing has been featured in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and The Daily Beast. Nicole lives in San Francisco and loves cooking, reading, exploring new restaurants, and running by the ocean. You can (very occasionally) find her on Twitter.

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