From fudgy peppermint cookies and peanut butter pie to cheesecake brownies and pillowy cupcakes, our festive desserts will delight the young—and the young at heart—but with far less sugar, fat, and calories than traditional holiday fare. Healthier ingredients enrich classic desserts for a result that is simply spectacular. Whether you're looking for the perfect teachers' gift or the perfect late-night snack for a persnickety Santa, your kids will enjoy preparing treats for everyone on their list—not to mention themselves.
Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies
This reader recipe was developed by Marcie Dixon of Arlington Heights, Illinois, who recommends using bittersweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate for these decadent cookies. "Not only does it have less sugar," she said, "but it has a deeper flavor, too." We think these cookies will be divine when stored in a beautiful tin and gifted to your children's favorite teachers.