Saturday, December 14, 2013

18 lower sugar Christmas cookies {Christmas ideas 2013}

I'm bringing you a short post today, to share this round-up of 18 Christmas cookies with a healthy twist. Each of the recipe links is below, or you can access them through the original post.

I know it's only 4 days since I posted ideas for edible Christmas gifts, and that post included cookies as well. However, I'm hoping we all agree that you can never have too many cookies, especially at Christmas. If you're not convinced, most of these featured recipes are vegan, gluten free and/or low in sugar. If those perks don't warrant sharing, I don't know what does!

I linked my hazelnut and cherry carob cookies into this round-up, and am looking forward to trying the other contributions.

1. Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies - Gluten, Dairy, Egg and Sugar Free from Candida free Candee

2. Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies – gluten free and dairy free from Tessa Domestic Diva

3. Macadamia Coconut Cookies – gluten free, sugar free, with dairy free and vegan option from Candida diet Plan

4. Christmas No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies – gluten free, grain free & super versatile from Gluten free Cat

5. Jungle Balls – quick, raw & vegan from Carrie on Vegan

6. Raw Gingerbread Men – Raw, grain free, and vegan from Om Nom Ally

7. Chocolate-Orange-Goji Cookies (No-Bake or Baked) – gluten free from Coconut and Berries

8. Spiced Orange Cookies - gluten-free, vegan & oil-free from Stir, Sift & Savour

9. Gingerbread Men who like to be healthy – gluten free, dairy free & vegan from Including Cake

10. Quinoa Raisin Cookies – gluten free from Simply Sugar and Gluten free

11. Gingerbread-Cookies – Gluten free, dairy free and egg free from Sandi’s Allergy free Recipes

12. Flourless Triple Nut (or Seed) Brownies - gluten free, grain free, vegan & paleo from Gluten free Easily

13. Hazelnut and Cherry Carob Cookies - vegan and wheat-free from Bite-Sized Thoughts (that's me!)

14. Double Chocolate Paleo Hazelnut Cookies – gluten free, grain free & dairy free from the Tasty Alternative

15. Healthy Peppermint Oreo Cookies – vegan & gluten free from The Healthy Maven

16. Chewy Molasses Cookies – gluten-free and sweetened with date sugar – from Queen of Quinoa

17. Anzac Biscuits with Cranberries – from Green Gourmet Giraffe

18. Chocolate Mint Tea Cookies - refined sugar free from Spiced Curiosity

Thanks to Sandra of Candida Diet Plan for organising this round-up, and for your tips on using Stevia and Xylitol in baking.

Have you tried any of the above? Or are you a low-sugar baker? As you can probably tell from my recipes, I have no problem with sugar but do prefer alternatives to white sugar when possible (maple syrup is a favourite).


  1. Wow Kari, thats a lot of excellent recipes all in one place and you can never have enough cookies

  2. Yum, love Christmas cookies, never enough in my opinion! :-)

  3. I'm going to try loooads of these recipes - Starting with your Hazelnut and Cherry Carob treats me thinks ;-) Really love your edible gift ideas as well.

    Thanks for sharing Kari!

  4. There are so many wonderful options here, Kari. I love so many of these. I'm trying to reduce the amount of sugar we have in the house and have been thinking it's very difficult with Christmas upon us - but these are fabulous xx

    1. Thanks Charlie - I imagine they'd go down well with your uni students ;)

  5. What a beautiful, tasy, inviting cookie collage!

    You are very talented and creative, Kari. :)

    Your posts always teaches me something new, and warms the heart in this Winter season (here in Holland!).

    Best wishes in the Yule season!

    1. Thank you so much Joanna. I think with a wintry Christmas, you need all the cookies you can get!

  6. I have not tried any of the above that I know of but I have absolutely NO problem with the unhealthy sugar, fat and so on lol....

    1. Baha...I'm pretty flexible in that department too but do enjoy the magic of getting tasty cookies with minimal or health-focused ingredients :-)

  7. lots of goodies to choose from in there Kari :-)

  8. Some great ideas here and low sugar recipes are a nice healthy alternative.

    1. They are indeed - and I figure then you can have more ;)

  9. I haven't tried any of these yet, but i keep coming back to this page for reference. I'm actually trying something completely different - NOT MAKING ANY COOKIES. Because I end up eating them all!! But I don't know how long I can hold out on that. So thanks for sharing!


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