While visions of sugarplums rarely dance in my head, I do have a thing for Christmas cookies. The trouble is, Christmas cookies are not exactly low fat. So here are 8 great low-fat or reduced-fat cookie recipes that let you have your um ... cookie and eat it!
I find these little cookies irresistible. Despite trying to make these cookies low fat, I still firmly believe a little butter is necessary with these. I use just a 1/4 cup, which is half a stick. If you prefer, you can use a trans-fat-free baking stick formulated from vegetable oils, which contains signifcantly less saturated fat than butter. Enjoy these little cookies with a cup of non-fat cocoa. This is the perfect cookie recipe for kids to make.
With almost half the butter of most sugar cookies, you can treat yourself to one of these low fat Christmas cookies without feeling too guilty. Top with sprinkles before baking or add a glaze afterwards using confectioner's sugar, lemon juice and some food coloring.
Buttery and sweet, these delicious little icebox cookies make a great gift from your kitchen or an ideal offering at a cookie exchange or holiday party. Decorate with colored sugars or drizzle with a gkaze made from powdered sugar and a little lemon juice.
A favorite of kids of all ages, these no-bake crispy rice cereal treats can be made extra special for the holidays using cookie cutters, colored food gel, and holiday-themed sprinkles. The kids will enjoy helping with this recipe, but be prepared for a sticky mess!
These cute little gingerbread men use half the butter normally used in most gingerbread cookie recipes. Applesauce helps the cookies retain their moisture and gives them a soft texture. Enlist your kids to help decorate them.
It's hard to believe these chocolate chip cookies are low fat. By using half the normal amount of butter and substituting an egg white for a whole egg, these make a wonderful and almost guilt-free indulgence. The chocolate flavor is enhanced by using cocoa powder as well as the chocolate chips. And by using mini chocolate chips, we're making a smaller quantity go a long way.