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.
Because of the contrast between the tart cranberries and sugary coating, the flavor of this snack pops in your mouth. You might handle steeping the berries in hot sugar syrup, but after the cranberries have cooled in the refrigerator overnight, let the kids roll them in the superfine sugar. For gift-giving, package in parchment-lined tins.