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: 3.5 stars 7
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: 4.5 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

Boot Tracks

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
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

Citrus-Kissed Honey Buttons

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
These citrus-flavored sugar cookies are a lovely addition to any holiday cookie platter.
By Teresa Ralston

Italian Hazelnut Cookies

Rating: 4.5 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.
By Marialisa Calta

Coconut Macaroon Thumbprints with Key Lime Curd

In this healthy coconut macaroon recipe, Key lime curd brightens the center of a lightly sweetened coconut cookie. If you can't find ripe Key limes, you can substitute bottled Key lime juice, which is widely available, or try another citrus flavor like more traditional Persian limes, lemons or even bright blood oranges that will produce a coral-colored curd.

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.

Crisp Spice Cookies

Rating: 5 stars 1
This crisp, paper-thin cookie recipe of northern European descent makes a wonderful low calorie dessert. Just 50 calories for two cookies.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Chocolate Snowcap Cookies

Rating: 4 stars 1
This fudgy chocolate crinkle cookie recipe is a hit with chocolate lovers. Bake the cookies right after rolling them in confectioners' sugar: if they sit, the sugar absorbs into the dough and the rich chocolaty cookies lose their snowcapped look.
By Virginia Willis

Almond & Honey-Butter Cookies

Rating: 4 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.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Yummy Molasses Crackles

Rating: 5 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.
By Nancy Caverly

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 5
We can't resist big, soft, fudgy cookies, like those found in glass jars on bake-shop counters. These freeze exceptionally well-layer them in a freezer-safe container between sheets of wax paper; thaw 15 minutes at room temperature before serving.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen
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Inspiration and Ideas

Easy Slice & Bake Cookies
Bake half now and freeze the rest for later!
Double Nut & Date Tassies
Rating: 5 stars 6

The two-bite pecan tarts satisfy the sweet tooth with far less guilt than pecan pie.