By Ashley McGuirk
It’s the holiday season, which means its baking time! Baking is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. It brings back so many wonderful memories with my parents baking all sorts of cookies to hand out at school. Since I was a kid I’ve always enjoyed making a variety of cookies and creating cookie trays to give out to friends and family. However, this year I decided to go for a healthier route. Instead of all the sugary cookies I usually make, I thought I’d find some of my favorite traditional holiday cookies but in a healthier form. With food allergies on the rise it’s important to remember there are other options out there. You don’t have to give up some of your favorite Christmas cookies anymore. I’m sure many of you are searching the internet for a variety of cookies recipes to use at family gathers, office parties and cookie exchanges so to help narrow it down for you I picked through some of my favorite health and wellness food blogs to bring you the BEST versions of your favorite Christmas cookie recipes!
Some are vegan, paleo, gluten free, dairy free etc. Below I have tagged and included the link to ten traditional Christmas cookie recipes. I made sure to include traditional recipes like sugar, snickerdoodle, peanut butter and more. I hope this helps your cookie recipe search. I enjoyed baking and tasting each and every one of these recipes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Have a wonderful holiday season! Namaste.
- Number one: What Molly Made –Paleo + GF Snickerdoodle Cookies
This recipe is so easy and so yummy! Being Paleo and GF almost anyone can enjoy these wonderful, classic cookies.
- Number two: Rachael’s Good Eats – Homemade Twix Bars GF, DF
Now I know these aren’t technically a cookie, but trust me they’re almost better than a cookie. These homemade twix bars taste absolutely amazing and contain 0 refined sugar. You honestly would have no idea if I didn’t tell you that. Not only is this recipe wildly popular but it’s GF, DF and refined sugar free! If you want to shake your cookie exchange up a bit, I highly recommend you make these babies.
- Number three: Kale Junkies- Life Changing Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies Paleo + GF
Now I personally have made this recipe more than once and they certainly live up to the hype. Kale Junkie certainly knew what she was doing because these paleo and gluten free cookies taste like the real thing! Can I get an AMEN?!
- Number four: From My Bowl- Vegan Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Now this recipe was super impressive to me because not only does it have the amazing chocolate peppermint duo, but it’s also vegan! So all my fellow yogi’s who follow a vegan diet this is one of the recipes you got to try!
- Number five: Ambitious Kitchen- Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookies GF + DF
Ginger bread cookies are pretty much my favorite holiday cookies. There’s just something so warm and cozy about a soft, thick gingerbread cookie and this blogger captured it all! This blog has to be one of my personal favorites. There hasn’t been a single recipe on her blog that doesn’t knock your socks off. Each recipe is so detailed and what still gets me is most of these recipes are Paleo, GF or DF. Now if that’s not impressive then I don’t know what is.
- Number six- Stay Sweet Ashley- Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies GF +DF
Hey that’s me! I just had to add this recipe to this list, because not only am I proud of it, but it’s so darn good. I seriously want every peanut butter lover out there to try it! This recipe can be made Paleo (sub out PB with almond butter) and is GF. Super yummy and easy to whip up.
- Number seven- Paleo Running Mama- Soft Maple Walnut Sugar Cookies
Okay, I actually drooled while reading that title. Paleo Running Mama is an awesome resource if you enjoy a paleo diet. This recipe is above and beyond my expectations. Who knew you could create something this delicious without dairy and gluten!
- Number eight- Erin Lives Whole- White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie
Even though this recipe isn’t traditionally vegan Erin does an awesome job of providing substitutes to make it vegan friendly. This is a holiday classic you won’t want to miss out on. Is it just me or do cranberries taste better during the holiday season?
- Number nine: Heart of a Baker- Vegan Chocolate Crinkles
Need I say more? Yes, somehow this beautiful soul came up with a vegan version of chocolate crinkles and I think she deserves a huge award and round of applause. Chocolate crinkles are one of the most requested cookie recipes during the holiday season and it makes me so happy to see that vegans won’t be missing out.
- Number ten: Minimalist Baker –Vegan Sugar Cookies
Saving one of the most popular Christmas cookie recipes for last, Minimalist Bakers vegan sugar cookies. The recipes this woman comes up with are truly amazing. Every single one vegan friendly and tastes like it was curated by a genius. If you don’t already follow her page, please do. You will not be disappointed.