Christmas Baking & Dessert Recipes

If you're looking for healthy Christmas desserts, you've come to the right place! From Christmas pie recipes to Christmas sugar cookies, we have all of your favorite treats to help make this holiday season your tastiest one yet. Following a special diet? We've got you covered with recipes like our vegan gingerbread cookies or our gluten free sugar cookies.

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Mini Gingerbread House Cookies

Rating: 5 stars 1
Holiday cookies don't get any cuter than these mini gingerbread houses that kids and adults alike will love. Use a mini gingerbread house cookie cutter to cut out all the parts (the kids will love helping with this part), then build the houses and let the kids go to town decorating. Line up your finished creations to make a gingerbread house village, eat them up or prop them up on mugs of cocoa for dipping and munching.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Boot Tracks

Rating: 4.5 stars 26
Patti Anderson, a professional quilter, had never entered a cooking contest before she took our challenge. This quick, no-fuss, chewy chocolate cookie is made on your waffle iron. No need to haul out the big mixer, you can mix the batter with a small hand mixer or even by hand. Kids love these!
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Cranberry Crumble Bars

Rating: 3 stars 3
These cranberry-orange bars freeze well. Make a batch on a free afternoon and pop them in the freezer so you'll always have a healthy dessert on hand when company calls.
By Summer Miller

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

Rating: 4 stars 8
These flourless cookies get their volume from whipped egg whites (like a meringue) instead of grains, making them gluten-free and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. A chocolate chip in each bite adds to the rich chocolate flavor.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Fresh Apple Squares

Rating: 3.5 stars 5
One batch of dough does double duty as both the crust and streusel topping to make one of the easiest desserts around.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Lemon Curd Pie

If you like lemon bars, you'll love this lemon curd pie. Simple, sweet and tart, thanks to plenty of fresh lemon juice, this pie is the perfect after-dinner palate cleanser.
By Sarah Epperson Loveless

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Rating: 5 stars 5
Here's a simple recipe for low-fat vanilla ice cream. Our version has all the richness you'll need but about 90 fewer calories than store-bought premium ice cream and a whopping 15 grams less total fat and 10 grams less saturated fat per serving.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Gingerbread Tea Cake

Rating: 5 stars 2
This low-calorie cake gets its festive flavor from molasses, cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves. Serve it for dessert at the holidays.

Meringues

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Perfect meringues depend on totally yolk-free whites. The seemingly fussy step of separating each egg into a small bowl before combining them guarantees yolk-free whites for bakeshop-quality meringues every time. These crispy little morsels travel well and make great gifts too.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen
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Inspiration and Ideas

Our Favorite Vegan Christmas Cookies
These vegan Christmas cookies will have you forgetting about butter and eggs! Bring our show-stopping Vegan Sugar Cookies or Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Bark to your next holiday cookie exchange for a treat everyone will love.
Fried Apple Pie Rolls
Rating: 4.5 stars 15

In this healthy take on apple pie, egg roll wrappers stand in for pie crust, saving you calories and the headache of rolling out dough. We like to use Granny Smith apples because they hold their shape and provide tart balance to the sweet filling. Try dipping these handheld crispy treats in whipped cream.