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!

Very Vegan

Whipping together these dairy-free cookies is pure simplicity. You just need one bowl and one hour to get these tender, old fashioned classics on your kitchen table. Minimalist Baker Dana shares her secret for the gorgeous, festive color of her icing— beet juice! Get the how-to here.

Health Factor: Vegan, Natural food color

photo: Minimalist Baker

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