Cookie Swap: 20 Delicious Holiday Cookie Recipes for Every Diet
If you’re staring down a cookie swap this weekend and have no clue what to bring, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re aiming to please a Paleo devotee with a sweet tooth, a gluten-free cookie lover, or a vegan who’s just dying for some eggnog, we’ve got you covered.
Paleo Holiday Cookie Recipes
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
The babies are free of flour, butter and refined sugar, as the author notes, and the cranberries make them oh-so-festive.
Cashew Cardamom Date Balls
via Taylor Made It Paleo
Am I the only one who grew up eating stuffed dates on holidays? These coconut-rolled cookie balls would make me feel plenty nostalgic.
“Molasses” Spice Cookies
via Elana’s Pantry
The molasses there is in quotes, because this recipe actually contains zero molasses. Instead, it subs in yacon syrup, a low-glycemic syrup that tastes like molasses. These gingersnap-like cookies also feature almond flour and plenty of wintery spices.
Hot Cocoa Cookies
via Fit Foodie Finds
Hot cocoa? In a cookie? Yes, please. These are topped with coconut whipped cream frosting.
Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cookies
via Refined Tastes
The whole whoopie pie thing goes Paleo here, with coconut-peppermint cream sandwiched between chocolate cookies.
Low-Carb Holiday Cookie Recipes
via All Day I Dream About Food
These are almost too cute to eat. Almost.
“Sugar” Kiss Cookies
via Splendid Low-Carbing
Another recipe gets the quotation-mark treatment. The sugar in this case is swapped with a sugar substitute, like Truvia. The result? Each cookie has less than a gram of net carbs.
Lemon-Almond Shortbread Cookies
via I Breathe … I’m Hungry …
If shortbread cookies are on your holiday-tradition list, try these this year. Best part: They only require four ingredients.
via Busy But Healthy
Nothing says the holidays like snow. And while you may not have any on your lawn next week, you can at least have some on your dessert table.
Sugar-Free Magic Cookie Bars
via Healthy Indulgences
This recipe comes with a bonus tutorial on how to make sugar-free milk chocolate chips.
Vegan Holiday Cookie Recipes
Vegan Thumbprint Cookies
via POPSUGAR Fitness
You know the ones: those little bite-size pecan morsels with a dollop of jam on the middle. These are those, vegan-ized.
Chocolate-Dipped Rosemary Shortbread Cookies
via Keepin’ It Kind
Yes, an herb makes an appearance here. Twice—both in the cookie, and on top.
Eggnog Sugar Cookies
via A Dash of Soul
Get your ‘nog fix in cookie form. The eggnog in question here is, of course, dairy-free.
Orange Spice Holiday Cookies
Cinnamon, pumpkin and citrus come together for the ultimate holiday-cookie trifecta.
via Wholly Vegan
These probably fall more into the autumn-cookie category, but since I haven’t had enough of fall quite yet, I’m putting them on this list. You’re welcome.
Gluten-Free Holiday Cookie Recipes
Gluten-Free Brownie Tartlets with Peppermint Glaze
via About.com Food
Your guests will be wowed by this one, but while it looks fancy and hard to make, it’s actually very easy.
via Oh She Glows
If you’re related to someone who’s obsessed with snickerdoodles, like I am (hello, Husband), this is a must-make.
Maple-Cinnamon Meringues with Toasted Almonds
via Gourmande in the Kitchen
These look like little pillows of snow, so that’s probably what you should tell people they are.
via The Culinary Life
These star-shaped cookies with a center of jam and dusted with powdered sugar are everything a Christmas cookie is supposed to be.
via Kitchen Apparel
A friend used to give me a tin of pizzelles every holiday season. I’ll happily take a batch of these GF versions off your hands.
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