It’s the most wonderful time of year, with a bounty of cookie platters wherever you go. But all that goodness can add up in not-so-good ways. Because we love you (and your waistline) we’ve found beautiful and healthy versions of your holiday cookie favorites like shortbread, thumbprints, and truffles that will make for a very merry holiday season. Peruse our delicious suggestions and get baking!

Shortbread… 5 Ways

Gourmet flavors with one simple dough? Nicole of Gluten Free on a Shoestring shows us how easy-peasy it is to create the base for this dough: Stir together some flour, sugar, and salt. That’s it. With just a bit of effort, add Nicole's suggestions for delicious toppings such as mocha and berry chocolate chip, or create your own twist with flavors that your family loves. Voila! A gorgeous platter of cookies is at your fingertips. You’re welcome! Get the simple instructions here. 

Health Factor: Gluten Free

photo: Gluten Free on a Shoestring

Have you tried baking up a batch of healthy cookies before? Share your tips with our readers in the Comments below! 

— Christal Yuen & Cherie Gough