Healthy and Delicious Christmas Cookies

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Your kids can still enjoy yummy Christmas treats without all the added sugar and junk. Below are our favorite healthy and delicious Christmas cookie recipes that you and your family can enjoy this season.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Grape-Nuts

Directions

In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in Grape-Nuts.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 3 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with a fork dipped in flour. Bake at 350° for 9-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Editor’s Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts: 1 cookie equals 56 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 54 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Cranberry Cherry Pinwheels

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 jar (10 ounces) cherry spreadable fruit
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

DOUGH:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
3 egg whites
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

For filling, combine the first four ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat for 8 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and cranberries are softened. Remove from the heat; cool slightly. Transfer to a blender; cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl; cover and refrigerate until chilled.

For dough, in a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes or until crumbly. Beat in the egg whites, oil, milk, vanilla and orange peel. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and baking soda; gradually add to sugar mixture and mix well.

Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, roll one portion of dough into a 14-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Spread with half of the filling. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Unwrap dough; cut into 1/2-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned (do not overbake). Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 4-1/2 to 5 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 cookie equals 83 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 21 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Ingredients

1/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white baking chips

Directions

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to butter mixture and mix well. Stir in cranberries and chips.
Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 cookie equals 113 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 109 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

Healthy Gingerbread Men

Ingredients

6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons ground ginger
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Icing and candies of your choice

Directions

In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the molasses, egg, vanilla and lemon peel. Combine the flour, ginger, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 4-in. gingerbread boy cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Reroll scraps.
Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate as desired. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 cookie (calculated without decorations) equals 99 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 88 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

Christmas Wreath Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons water, divided
3 cups flaked coconut
6 to 8 drops green food coloring
1/4 cup red-hot candies

Directions

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the chocolate, eggs and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. scalloped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; cut out centers using a floured 1-in. scalloped cookie cutter.

Bake at 350° for 10-14 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
For glaze, in a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar and 1/4 cup water. Place coconut in a resealable plastic bag; add food coloring and remaining water. Seal bag and toss until coconut is tinted.

Spread cookies with glaze; sprinkle with coconut. Decorate with red-hots. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 cookie equals 177 calories, 7 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 74 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

The Healthy Moms Magazine wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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