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!

Lucious Lemon

We can’t think of anything better than chocolate at the holidays (or anytime!) but for those whose palates long for something fruity, these effortless cookies that literally melt in your mouth are heaven. Best part? No one will guess how easy these are to make. Throw the dough together—no need to chill—and get baking. Get the how-to here and become a rock star gluten-free baker.

Health Factor: Gluten Free, rich in vitamin C

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