If you’re looking for healthy cookies to make your children this holiday season, look no further than Cooking Light. It’s a solid balance between the most calorie-and-fat-laden cookies you’ll ever eat and attempting to chew and swallow gluten-free tree bark.
Iced Browned Butter Sugar Cookies
These cookies contain nine tablespoons of butter, but that’s pretty much the entire cookie. The recipe throws in sugar, flour, and vanilla extract as well. It’s a simple recipe the kids can participate in making.
Another basic recipe that contains just 56 calories and 0.9 grams of fat per serving. Kids will enjoy making this fun recipe with cookie cutters and decorations.
Writes MyRecipes of this 165-calorie recipe: “While replacing the nuts in brittle with popcorn certainly removes a lot of fat, it also results in a wonderful hybrid–part caramel corn, part brittle. The brittle is crunchy and sweet, with just a hint of saltiness.”
Chocolate-Hazelnut Merengue Kisses
These cookies are made using piping, but could also be dropped onto the baking sheet with a spoon. They are easy for kids to make and go well with a cup of hot cocoa.
Oatmeal Toffee Cookies
Another recipe easy for kids to make by dropping the mixture onto the baking sheet with teaspoons. The recipe incorporates toffee bits into the traditional oatmeal cookie for a 90-calorie treat.
The teaspoon of espresso is optional if you aren’t looking to give your kids a buzz, but these chocolate-filled cookies will be great for your kids. The cookies are just 104 calories each.
Ginger-Lemon Pinwheel Cookies
This is a recipe you will want to make in advance and then include your kids when it’s time to roll the dough. The cookies are just 81 calories each.
Frosted Pumpkin Cake
An easy recipe a little high on the calorie side compared to others — 178 per serving — but it’s an easy one for the kids to help with.
Peanut Butter Pie
This is more of a child’s recipe because of the taste instead of the ease of making, but MyRecipes says it’s like a peanut butter candy bar. What kid doesn’t like peanut butter candy bars?
Peppermint Stick Hot Chocolate
Another recipe for kids instead of by kids, this is a fun one to give them just before bed on Christmas Eve. Another suggestion is to add some mint liqueur to the recipe after they’ve gone to bed!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints
What kid doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly? These cookies are filled with preserves for a familiar flavor combination around the holidays.
Swedish Almond Cardamom Stars
This recipe can be used as is or your kids can make them into others shapes. MyRecipes advises to keep the the almond paste instead of substituting because other options are too sweet.
Christmas Sugar Wafers with Vanilla Icing
A great way for your kids to showcase decorating skills with the vanilla icing! Make the dough ahead of time and let the kids go to town with the frosting.