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.
For a whimsical presentation, arrange these cookies in a lunch box lined with colorful packing paper. Use a variety of cookie cutter sizes to create "families." If you don't want to cut the dough into shapes, roll it into two logs, cover, chill, and slice into 1/8-inch rounds. Refrigerate the dough up to three days, or freeze up to one month.