100-Calorie Christmas Cookies

Find healthy, delicious Christmas cookie recipes for 100 calories or fewer, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars
5
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.

Meringues

Rating: 4.4 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.

Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies

Rating: 3.45 stars
5
These cookies boast a bright, zesty filling and spicy aroma. They make a large batch and are extremely convenient, since you can make the logs of cookie dough ahead, then pull them out of the freezer and slice and bake as many cookies as you need. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

Boot Tracks

Rating: 4.27 stars
10
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!

Double Nut & Date Tassies

Rating: 4.91 stars
6
The two-bite pecan tarts satisfy the sweet tooth with far less guilt than pecan pie.

Fig 'n' Flax Thumbprint Cookies

Rating: 4.69 stars
3
We love how the ground flax adds a nutty flavor and the brown sugar caramelizes on the outside of these thumbprint cookies. Fig preserves make this cookie special; other fruit preserves could be used as well.

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Rating: 5 stars
1
Coconut oil stands in for butter in this dairy-free, eggless cookie recipe for completely mouthwatering gingerbread cut-outs. Decorate cookies with a simple vegan icing or sanding sugar.

Italian Hazelnut Cookies

Rating: 3.9 stars
4
These crispy cookies are made with Piedmontese staples--hazelnuts and eggs--and called Brutti Ma Buoni: literally, “Ugly But Good.” But they are really more plain-looking than “ugly,” and pack a powerful, sweet, nutty burst of flavor, making them welcome at any table.

Yummy Molasses Crackles

Rating: 4.72 stars
11
Nancy Caverly gave her grandmother's recipe for ginger molasses cookies a little makeover--reducing the butter and adding crystallized ginger for a spicy jolt.

Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

Rating: 4 stars
1
This healthy sugar cut-out cookie recipe uses white whole-wheat flour, honey and lemon zest to make a delicious cookie perfect for decorating. Pull out all your cookie cutters and decorate these adorable cookies with natural decorating sugar and icing.

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Rating: 5 stars
2
These airy coconut cookies get an upgrade with a simple dark chocolate drizzle in this healthy dessert recipe.

Almond & Honey-Butter Cookies

Rating: 3.95 stars
9
This thumbprint cookie uses honey as the only sweetener and tender ground almonds to replace much of the butter found in similar cookies. Just a touch of butter mixed with honey in the filling gives it a rich flavor without too much saturated fat.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Easy Slice & Bake Cookies
Bake half now and freeze the rest for later!

Raspberry-Fig Linzer Cookies

Linzer torte, made with a nut crust and filled with raspberry jam, is a favorite treat in Austria. This is a low-calorie, lower-fat version of that classic dessert.