Lifetime Fitness Tip – Nutritious Cookie Recipes

Nutritious Cookie Recipes

Candy Cane & Holly

Some of my favorite memories are when my mom would gather the five youngest around the kitchen table to make Christmas cookies. Armed with cookie cutters, dough, icing and candy decorations, we tried to see who had the best-looking gingerbread men. The smell of cookies baking, kids laughing, teasing each other, and making a mess was utter chaos. Not to mention that the kitchen was a disaster when we were done. But we all loved it and couldn’t wait for that day to come. We would begin pestering my mother before Thanksgiving begging her to please let us bake. So you see, the smell of cookies baking is part of the season and gets me into the holiday spirit.

And, you know, not all cookies are bad for you. But nutrition and low-calorie have different meanings. So be careful of the calorie content. Yup, with he right ingredients, even cookies can be nutritious and taste great. Of course you do have to like the ingredients, and you should watch the calories, but you can improvise and still have great-tasting cookies. For example, if you don’t like raisins, just leave them out and substitute something else – like nuts, or Vise Versa.

Why not put on the Christmas music and give some of these nutritious cookie recipes a try? Be creative, have some fun, and enjoy!!

Flourless Gingerbread Cookies

Good Housekeeping Gingerbread Cookies

Roll-Out Holiday Cookies

Cooking Light Holiday Roll-out Cookies

Chocolate-Frosted Cookies

Cooking Light: Chocolate-Frosted Cookies

Christmas Border


Flourless Gingerbread Cookies

I first saw this recipe from Running with Spoons in Good Housekeeping. Let me know what you think.

Flourless Gingerbread Cookies

  • Servings: 12-14 cookies
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 Tbsp (60 g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tsp (58 g) coconut sugar, divided
  • 1 1/4 cup (140 g) almond flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 cup (28 g) coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Note: You can visit Amanda’s site for links to purchase her recommended ingredients and nutrition information. 

Directions

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 350ºF (176ºC) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. Set aside.

Step 2

In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat the egg until the yolk breaks apart. Whisk in the molasses, coconut oil, 1/4 cup (50 g) coconut sugar, vanilla, ginger, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon, mixing until smooth. Add the almond flour, coconut flour, and baking powder, mixing until well combined.

Step 3

Add the remaining cinnamon and sugar to a small bowl. Scoop out a rounded tablespoon of dough and roll it between your hands to form a ball. Roll the cookie ball in the cinnamon sugar and place it on your prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all the dough has been used up, and then use a jar or flat-bottomed cup to gently flatten each cookie.

Step 4

Bake for 9-11 minutes.* Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on the sheet for ~5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.


Notes * You can bake these for 7-8 minutes if you want a slightly softer cookie. They tend to firm up as they sit, so adjust the baking time to your preference.

↑ Back to Recipe List ↑


Roll-Out Holiday Cookies

I also found this Christmas cookie recipe from CookingLight that pointed to the myrecipes website and thought you might like it. I like the different shapes when baking for any holiday. And I know you’ll have fun being creative with the little candy buttons on the snow men. Let me know if you try it and what you think.

Roll-Out Holiday Cookies

  • Servings: 12-14 cookies
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Serving size: 1 cookie / Total Time: 2 hours, 39 minutes

Ingredients

    Cookies:

  • 3.9 ounces white rice flour (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2.6 ounces potato starch (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1.05 ounces tapioca flour (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 large egg White rice flour, for dusting
  • Frosting:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons
  • 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar sprinkles

Directions

Step 1

To prepare cookies, weigh or lightly spoon white rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Sift together white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, baking powder, and xanthan gum.

Step 2

Place granulated sugar and butter in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 teaspoon milk, and egg, beating until blended. Add flour mixture, stirring until blended. Shape dough into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 4

Roll dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2-inch round cookie cutter into 30 cookies, re-rolling scraps as necessary. Place cookies 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned. Remove from pans; cool completely on a wire rack.

Step 5

To prepare frosting, combine powdered sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons milk, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Spread 1 teaspoon frosting on each cookie; top with sprinkles. Place cookies on wire rack until set.

↑ Back to Recipe List ↑


Chocolate-Frosted Cookies

I’m not sure if these qualify as Christmas cookies, but they look so good that I couldn’t resist. I found this Cooking Light recipe in the myrecipes website too. Let me know what you think about this one too.

Chocolate-Frosted Cookies

  • Servings: 44 cookies
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Hands-on Time: 15 Minutes / Serving size: 1 cookie / Calories: 63

Ingredients

– 3.15 ounces sweet white sorghum flour (about 3/4 cup)
– 2.6 ounces white rice flour (about 1/2 cup)
– 2.3 ounces cornstarch (about 1/2 cup)
– 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
– 3/4 cup sugar
– 10 tablespoons butter, softened
– 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 2 large eggs
– 1 large egg white
– 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2

Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. In a medium bowl, sift together flours, cornstarch, and xanthan gum.

Step 3

Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, eggs, and egg white, beating until blended. Add flour mixture, beating at low-speed until blended.

Step 4

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375° for 13 to 15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned on edges. Cool completely on pans.

Step 5

Place chocolate chips in microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute. Remove and stir. If needed, microwave 15 seconds and stir; repeat until chocolate is melted and smooth. Spoon melted chocolate on top of each cookie; place on parchment paper until set.


↑ Back to Recipe List ↑


As I mentioned…

I’m from a wonderfully large family and we all loved mom’s Christmas cookies (and made-from-scratch chocolate cake with chocolate icing). Sadly, none of us can find mom’s recipes today and although they probably weren’t very healthy, they were fabulous.

So remember, the key to enjoying yourself with the holidays can be stated in one word:  moderation. Have some treats, enjoy yourself, but don’t go crazy. And when the holidays are over, get right back into being good to yourself again, and you can do that with a nutritious diet and plenty of exercise. It’s the key to a great quality of life!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you for spending part of your day with us. We hope you enjoy the cookies. Wishing you the best of health!

PS. You might also like: 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Baking Holiday Cookies

Author: Joan E Wilder

We provide information and motivation focused on the importance of physical activity to our quality of life. It is our hope to help people invest in themselves by staying active throughout their lives. It's that important.

Thoughts?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.