With sugar and spice, these healthy Christmas treats are truly so nice. With less sugar and fat and fewer added calories than traditional holiday desserts, these healthier holiday treats will still satisfy any sweet tooth. By using warm spice mixes such as ginger and chai, we add festive and familiar flavors without additional sugar. These healthy Christmas treats are great to make with little ones as well and easy to wrap up as gifts for neighbors and friends. If you like these Christmas recipes, explore even more of our Christmas cookie recipes to celebrate the season.
Iced Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies
Whole-wheat flour adds a layer of complexity to these cookies that all-purpose flour can't achieve; the wheat in the whole grain actually enhances the flavors of butter and vanilla. Unlike classic royal icing, which starts with a pound of powdered sugar, we use just 1/2 cup and thicken it with Greek yogurt. Looking for festive colors without the chemicals? Try naturally colored sparkling sugars (such as those from India Tree), which use colorants derived from plants.