100 Healthy Cookies

Chocolate chip, sugar, peanut butter or biscotti—We have a recipe for you no matter what cookie you're craving.

Our Favorite Cookie Recipes

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Our Favorite Cookie Recipes

Few things compare to the aroma of delicious cookies baking away in the oven. No matter what the time of year, time of day, or variety of weather headed your way, there is no better time to bake up a batch. Here you will find 100 reasons to start preheating the oven and prepping your cookie sheets, starting with our indulgent Oatmeal Toffee Cookies.

Brown sugar and butter underscore the tawny sweetness of the almond toffee bits. What's not to love about these crunchy, chewy cookies?

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Healthy Chocolate-Hazelnut Thumbprints Cookies Recipe

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Thumbprints

With a double shot of chocolate and hazelnut flavors, kids and adults will rave over these filled cookies. The espresso powder is optional, but it intensifies the chocolate flavor.

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Healthy Espresso Crinkles Cookies Recipe

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Espresso Crinkles

Lightly coat your hands with flour to make rolling the dough into balls easier. The dough freezes well. Freeze the dough after step 1, thaw in the refrigerator, then proceed with step 2. The powdered sugar coating gives these cookies an appealing cracked finish. Serve with coffee to echo the espresso.

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Healthy Mexican Spiced Shortbread Cookies Recipe

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Mexican Spiced Shortbread Cookies

"The inspiration for these sinfully rich-tasting cookies combines my obsession with shortbread, dulce de leche, and a restaurant cream cheese dessert," said reader and recipe developer Jennifer Brumfield.

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Store up to one week in an airtight container—if they last that long. We suggest keeping a dozen in the freezer for emergencies.

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Healthy Almond Butter Snickerdoodles

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Almond Butter Snickerdoodles

When Michaela Rosenthal's daughter moved out, she left behind an unopened jar of almond butter. Unsure of what to do with the butter, Rosenthal was inspired to reproduce almond cookies she'd had at an Asian restaurant. It took several attempts, but the result is a satisfying and healthy version of the treat.

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Healthy Spicy Oatmeal Crisps Cookies Recipe

Spicy Oatmeal Crisps

Pepper may sound like an odd ingredient for a cookie, but it complements the other spices well (although you can omit it if you prefer).

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Healthy Mexican Chocolate Cookies Recipe

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Mexican Chocolate Cookies

These cookies—bittersweet chocolate that mellows the ground peppers' heat--earned our Test Kitchens' highest rating. They're lovely after dinner with a few last sips of red wine.

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Healthy Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringues Cookies Recipe

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringues

Make up to two days ahead, and store in an airtight container at room temperature. The chocolate and hazelnut coating adds textural interest to these airy, sweet treats.

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Healthy Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe

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Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Given that both chocolate and coconut are not as bad as once thought, and given that they taste mighty good together, we made a batch of these toasty, chocolaty treats to celebrate. Like all sweets with few other nutrients, though, they are treats—perfectly healthy every once in a while.

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Healthy Anise Tea Crescents Cookie Recipe

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Anise Tea Crescents

Rolling the cookies in powdered sugar while they're still warm results in a deliciously sweet, snowy coating.

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Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints Cookies Recipe

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints

The favorite sandwich flavor combination comes together in these adorable preserves-filled cookies. Use any type of jam or preserves.

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Healthy Classic Iced Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Classic Iced Sugar Cookies

Whether you're welcoming kids home from school, baking a treat for a party, or enjoying an afternoon to yourself, these cookies are the just-right sweet you need. If you want to create colorful cookies, divide the icing into portions and use food coloring to tint it different hues.

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Healthy Banana Rum Coconut Cookies Recipe

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Banana Rum Coconut Cookies

This finalist for the Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest was developed by Christine Dohlmar of Valrico, Florida. "I love oatmeal cookies, so I did my best to come up with a low-fat version," she explained.

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Healthy White Chocolate, Strawberry, and Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

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White Chocolate, Strawberry, and Oatmeal Cookies

A mere one-quarter cup of butter yields crispy, light cookies and keeps calories in check. Dried strawberries lend fiber, color, and subtle sweetness. You can find them in larger supermarkets, or substitute raisins or dried cranberries. Because the dough is heavy, we used a sturdy stand mixer. You can use a hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar, then stir in the remaining ingredients by hand.

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Healthy Raspberry Strippers Cookies Recipe

Raspberry Strippers

Think of these as a variation of thumbprint cookies. Vanilla butter cookies are filled with fruit preserves and drizzled with a powdered sugar glaze.

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Healthy Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies Recipe

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Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

This cookie recipe contrasts the tartness of cherries with the sweetness of cocoa and chocolate chips for an elegant, delicious treat.

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Healthy Pecan-Date Bars Cookies Recipe

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Pecan-Date Bars

You can prepare and refrigerate these luscious bars a day or two in advance. They are actually easier to cut once they have been completely chilled.

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Healthy Fig and Cream Cheese Bars Cookies Recipe

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Fig and Cream Cheese Bars

With the honeyed flavor of dried figs, a sweet cream cheese layer, and a buttery, crumbly crust, these bars garnered our Test Kitchens' highest rating. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.

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Healthy Ginger Cookies Recipe

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Ginger Cookies

Originally appearing in our March/April 1993 issue, these gingersnap cookies created by Elizabeth Graubard of Palm Harbor, Florida, have stood the test of time. We swapped flavorful butter for the original's margarine and still love the snappy flavor and crisp texture.

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Healthy Truffle-Iced Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Truffle-Iced Sugar Cookies

You might find it hard to believe that these impressive cookies taste even better than they look.

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Healthy Green Pumpkinseed and Cranberry Crispy Bars Cookies Recipe

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Green Pumpkinseed and Cranberry Crispy Bars

We loved this creative take on the traditional Rice Krispies bar. Green pumpkinseeds are also sometimes sold as pepitas. In humid weather, cool the bars in the refrigerator to keep them from becoming too sticky.

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Healthy Brown Sugar-Pecan Shortbread Recipe

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Brown Sugar-Pecan Shortbread

Dark brown sugar adds rich caramel notes to these cookies; turbinado sugar provides crunch.

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Healthy Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies

Buttery and sweet with a hint of spice, these favorite cinnamon-sugar cookies, otherwise known as "snickerdoodles," are right for any occasion.

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Healthy Hello Dolly Bars Cookies Recipe

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Hello Dolly Bars

These bar cookies are also known as seven-layer bars. They take less than 30 minutes to make and call for just 8 ingredients, making Hello Dolly Bars the perfect dessert for taking along, well, just about anywhere.

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Healthy Cranberry-Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Cranberry-Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chips or cranberries might seem like the best part about these cookies, but it's really that each cookie is 75 calories.

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Healthy Autumn Maple Cutout Cookies Recipe

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Autumn Maple Cutout Cookies

Use real maple syrup for best results. These cookies may look like a seasonal treat but, they're so good that you'll want to enjoy them all year long.

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Healthy Pine Nut Cookies Recipe

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Pine Nut Cookies

Almond paste is an ingenious way to flavor, tenderize, and sweeten our Pine Nut Cookies because it won't cause spreading like excess sugar or warm butter will.

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Healthy Macadamia and Ginger Cookies Recipe

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Macadamia and Ginger Cookies

This recipe is an adaptation of Italian amaretti. It calls for macadamias, but hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, or pine nuts would also be good. Using nuts in baking allows you to incorporate their heart-healthy fats—and satisfying texture. If you are sensitive to ginger, use the lower end of the called-for range.

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Healthy Giant Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe

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Giant Chocolate Chunk Cookies

"My grandkids love these cookies because they're nice and big, with lots of chocolate chips. They're easy to freeze—just wrap individually in heavy-duty plastic wrap, and store in a zip-top bag," said reader Marie Rizzio.

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Healthy Lebkuchen Cookies Recipe

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Lebkuchen

Letting the dough rest at least 24 hours before baking allows the spices in this handmade version of the classic German cookie to mellow and meld.

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Healthy Deep Dark Chocolate Biscotti Cookies Recipe

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Deep Dark Chocolate Biscotti

This decadent-seeming chocolate biscotti recipe is actually pretty healthy and features good-for-you ingredients like whole-wheat flour, flaxseed, and unsalted almonds.

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Healthy Swedish Almond Cardamom Stars Cookies Recipe

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Swedish Almond Cardamom Stars

Don't substitute marzipan for the almond paste, because it's a bit too sweet for this buttery, lightly spiced cookie. Look for the almond paste in tubes, such as Odense brand, or in cans, like King Arthur brand.

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Healthy Cranberry-Oatmeal Bars Cookies Recipe

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Cranberry-Oatmeal Bars

These cranberry-oatmeal bar cookies strike a nice flavor balance: not too sweet and not too tart. Be sure to zest the orange before you squeeze the juice.

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Healthy Iced Browned Butter Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Iced Browned Butter Sugar Cookies

With nutty, caramel notes from browned butter and a fair bit of salt to balance the flavors, these cookies will become an instant favorite. You can roll out the dough right after combining all the ingredients—no chilling required. Look for pearlized sugar in gourmet markets or craft stores; the coarse crystals reflect light to give the cookies a sparkly, jewel-like appearance.

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Healthy Cream Cheese Meltaways with Lemon Glaze Cookies Recipe

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Cream Cheese Meltaways with Lemon Glaze

When shaping these buttery cookies, do not try to form perfectly smooth balls. If the dough is handled too much, the cookies will become heavy and dense.

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Healthy Lemon-Cornmeal Cookies Recipe

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Lemon-Cornmeal Cookies

Humble ingredients in these cornmeal-based cookies yield a light, subtly spiced sweet treat. The touch of lemon is a "refreshing surprise," says one reviewer.

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Healthy Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe

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Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries

We love these thick, satisfying cookies as humble as peanut butter cookies but not as crumbly. Dried cranberries provide a slightly tart counterpoint to the macadamia nuts' richness. The dough is somewhat sticky; chilling it briefly makes handling easier.

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Healthy Crunchy Sesame Cookies Recipe

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Crunchy Sesame Cookies

Roasted sesame-seed paste and dark sesame oil deliver a deep, nutty flavor. A touch of corn syrup and cornstarch ensure crispness.

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Healthy Double-Vanilla Meringue Cookies Recipe

Double-Vanilla Meringue Cookies

By using vanilla bean and extract, you’ll get double the vanilla flavor in these meringue cookies.

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Healthy Maple-Walnut Spice Cookies Recipe

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Maple-Walnut Spice Cookies

Store these frosted cookies between layers of parchment paper or wax paper to keep them from sticking together. You can bake and freeze the cookies up to a month in advance; bring the cookies to room temperature before frosting them.

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Healthy Lemon-Honey Drop Cookies Recipe

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Lemon-Honey Drop Cookies

These cute little cookies will be a hit for any occasion. Wrap them up in a sweet little box as a gift or arrange them on a platter for a light dessert treat.

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Healthy Gingersnaps Cookies Recipe

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Gingersnaps

This cookie was given outstanding ratings by readers. Bake up a batch and find out for yourself what all the buzz is about.

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Healthy Coconut Biscotti Cookies Recipe

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Coconut Biscotti

Standing the cookies eliminates the traditional step of flipping them halfway through baking. Chocolate lovers can stir 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips into the batter or dip half of each cookie into melted chocolate.

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Healthy Butterscotch Bars Cookies Recipe

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Butterscotch Bars

A small square of these rich bars is enough to satisfy a dessert craving. The flour and oats mixture is somewhat dry after combining, but it serves as both a solid base for the soft butterscotch chip layer and a crumbly, streusel-like topping.

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Healthy Mudslide Cookies Recipe

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Mudslide Cookies

Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and rich and delicious all the way around is how readers rate these brownie-like cookies. Need we say more?

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Healthy Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, and Pecan Cookies Recipe

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Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, and Pecan Cookies

These easy chocolate oatmeal drop cookies are crisp on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. Chocolate minichips disperse better in the batter, but you can use regular chips.

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Healthy Chocolate-Cherry Biscotti Cookies Recipe

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Chocolate-Cherry Biscotti

Our Test Kitchens staffers found that using a serrated knife works best for cutting the rolls after the first bake time. If you're a fan of dried cranberries, they make a great substitute for dried cherries.

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Healthy Black-and-White Cake Cookies Recipe

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Black-and-White Cake Cookies

These decadent cookies are a lightened version of an often calorie- and fat-laden favorite. One thing this recipe doesn't skimp on: flavor.

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Healthy Oatmeal-Walnut Cookies Recipe

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Oatmeal-Walnut Cookies

You can make these ahead of time and store them in an airtight container, but they're best served warm.

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Healthy Double-Ginger Cookies Recipe

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Double-Ginger Cookies

These simple cookies give just the right amount of sweet to satisfy your craving. Make a few batches, and freeze some to enjoy throughout the season.

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Healthy Orange Bizcochitos Cookies Recipe

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Orange Bizcochitos

Bizcochitos are anise-flavored drop cookies that originated in New Mexico. Prepare the dough in advance, and refrigerate up to three days. Store baked cookies in an airtight container for up to three days. Omit the aniseed if you don't care for its licorice flavor.

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Meringues Cookies Recipe

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Chocolate Chip Meringues

These cookies will keep for a week in an airtight container. Keep them on hand to offer unexpected visitors.

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Healthy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies Recipe

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

Drizzle the icing in whatever patterns you like. For a Halloween treat, use a toothpick to create spooky webs.

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Healthy Moravian Wafers Cookies Recipe

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Moravian Wafers

A version of this milk-worthy cookie is a perennial best seller at the Winkler Bakery in the preserved Moravian village of Old Salem, North Carolina. Roll the dough as thin as possible to achieve a properly light, crisp texture.

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Healthy Anzac Biscuits Recipe

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Anzac Biscuits

An anzac biscuit is an Australian cookie ("biscuits" down under) and is sure to be a hit.

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Healthy Pecan Bar Cookies Recipe

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Pecan Bar Cookies

Though these delicate cookies have a crisp outside, they are soft inside, making them the ideal bar cookie in our book.

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Healthy Amaretti

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Amaretti

Package these crunchy cookies in a gift box with a pound of your favorite coffee beans. Look for almond paste in your supermarket's baking aisle, and for best results, don't substitute marzipan, which is sweeter and more finely textured, in place of the paste.

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Healthy Chocolate-Mint Bars Cookies Recipe

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Chocolate-Mint Bars

The dense base layer is like a rich, fudgy brownie, so don't overcook it or the dessert bars will be dry. Refrigerating the mint bars allows the chocolaty top layer to set properly. You can make the dessert up to one day ahead. For a more grown-up taste, you can also use dark chocolate chips for some or all of the semisweet chocolate chips in the glaze.

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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

This simple mix-and-drop dough comes together in minutes and may not even require a shopping trip, thanks to its pantry-friendly ingredients.

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Healthy Puffed-Up Chocolate-Chip Cookies Recipe

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Puffed-Up Chocolate-Chip Cookies

This is one of the best chocolate-chip cookies you'll ever make—and it doesn't scrimp on chocolate. Making chocolate chip cookies with applesauce is the secret to soft and chewy cookies without a lot of fat.

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Healthy Fig-Pecan Macaroons Cookies Recipe

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Fig-Pecan Macaroons

Macaroons almost always have nuts and egg whites in the ingredient list. This rendition also features intensely sweet dried figs. Be sure to remove and discard the hard stems of the figs before chopping them.

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Healthy Coconut-Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe

Coconut-Macadamia Nut Cookies

You can make these cookies a day or two before the party and store them in an airtight container. But be warned--these are so good, you should probably stash them somewhere out of sight so you don't eat them all yourself.

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Healthy Raspberry Linzer Windowpane Cookies Recipe

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Raspberry Linzer Windowpane Cookies

These beautiful raspberry cookies are easy to prepare. Cut them into shapes—round, rectangular, or even star-shaped. You can reroll the dough scraps, but chill them first.

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Healthy Chocolate-Dipped Almond Meringues Cookies Recipe

Chocolate-Dipped Almond Meringues

Dress up these almond-flavored meringue cookies by dipping half of each cookie in a glaze of melted chocolate.

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Healthy Double-Chocolate Meringue Cookies Recipe

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Double-Chocolate Meringue Cookies

These cookies have a slightly fudgy texture. They are baked, then cooled for 1 1/2 hours in the oven (don't forget to turn it off).

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Healthy Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

"Mashed ripe banana adds sweetness and flavor to these chocolate chip cookies," said reader and recipe developer Cathy Brixen. "I found I could reduce the usual amount of sugar and butter."

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Healthy Raspberry-Chocolate Bars Cookies Recipe

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Raspberry-Chocolate Bars

If you're not a fan of raspberry jam, try substituting your favorite preserves.

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Healthy Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

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Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

With dried apples and caramel candies in every bite, our less-than-100-calorie oatmeal cookies give you the flavors of fall year-round.

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Healthy Ginger-Lemon Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

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Ginger-Lemon Pinwheel Cookies

These cookies are impressive and don't take as much finagling as you might think. The key is to chill the dough before rolling and slicing.

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Healthy Cherry-Pistachio Wedding Cookies Recipe

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Cherry-Pistachio Wedding Cookies

The combination of tender cake flour and sturdy all-purpose flour produces delicate cookies. The dough will be crumbly after you've combined all the ingredients but will hold its shape once molded in a tablespoon measure and turned onto a baking sheet. You may need to add one to two additional teaspoons of ice water to the dough to achieve the crumbly consistency.

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Healthy Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

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Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Add some color to your cookie tray with these jam-filled thumbprints. This recipe could also be your healthy alternative for the next school party.

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Healthy Bittersweet Chocolate Meringues Cookie Recipe

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Bittersweet Chocolate Meringues

For your next gathering, bring these delicate, crisp cookies out on a tray at the end of the evening with little to-go cups of coffee—a great send-off from a successful party.

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Healthy Send a Message Fortune Cookies Recipe

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Send a Message Fortune Cookies

Bake three cookies at a time so they'll be soft enough to shape. Tuck your message into the cookie while shaping. If the cookies become too brittle, return them to the oven for a few seconds to soften.

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Healthy Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Marshmallow Cream Filling Recipe

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Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Marshmallow Cream Filling

"I'm originally from the South, and Moon Pies, as they are called, were a special treat," said recipe developer Susan Kwun. "I started looking for a recipe to make my own when I moved to New York, but the closest I could come to them was a recipe in a New England cookbook. My lightened adaptation can be made ahead of time and frozen for up to a month if the cookies are tightly wrapped. Make sure to have the cookies ready when the marshmallow filling is made—the filling firms up quickly as it cools."

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Healthy Sesame Sweets Cookies Recipe

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Sesame Sweets

Sweet treats made from sesame seeds are common to Makar Sankrat/Pongal celebrations. Traditionally, these cookies are made by encasing the filling in the dough and dropping them into hot oil to fry. This version, similar in concept to a thumbprint cookie, is baked and just as tasty.

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Healthy Cinnamon-Almond Cookies Recipe

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Cinnamon-Almond Cookies

These delicately spiced shape-and-bake cookies are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Store extra cookies in an airtight container.

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Healthy Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies Recipe

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Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies

"I love chocolate and cherry flavors together, and I found great dried cherries from Maine for this recipe. I also used bittersweet instead of milk chocolate: Not only does it have less sugar, but it has a deeper flavor, too," said reader and recipe developer Marcie Dixon.

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Healthy Snickerdoodles Cookies Recipe

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Snickerdoodles

Sugar, spice, and everything nice, that's what these classic cookies are made of. If you're not already sold, these cookies are low in calories and easy to make.

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Healthy Viennese Almond Crescents Cookies Recipe

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Viennese Almond Crescents

Look for almond meal—also known as almond flour—in health-food and specialty stores. Bake the cookies ahead, and freeze up to six months in an airtight container, with wax paper between layers. Thaw and dust the cookies with powdered sugar just before serving.

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Healthy Spiced Vanilla Cookies Recipe

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Spiced Vanilla Cookies

In step 2, you'll get best results if you keep dough portions chilled and work on only one portion at a time.

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Healthy Oatmeal Cookies with A-Peel Recipe

Oatmeal Cookies with A-Peel

Our delicious citrus cookies will be gone quicker than you can pull them out of the oven.

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Healthy Swag Bars Cookies Recipe

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Swag Bars

These no-bake bars come together quickly with common pantry ingredients. Make sure the cereal is well crushed (try packing it in a sealed zip-top plastic bag and using a rolling pin) so it incorporates into the peanut butter mixture.

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Healthy Coconut-Almond Macaroons Cookies Recipe

Coconut-Almond Macaroons

Look for canned almond paste alongside other baking ingredients at your market. Take these chewy cookies on your next picnic. Serve with iced chai tea.

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Healthy Banana-Pecan Biscotti Cookie Recipe

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Banana-Pecan Biscotti

This recipe was given a 5-star rating by readers. After your first crunchy bite, you'll know why.

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Healthy Sweet and Salty Peanut Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe

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Sweet and Salty Peanut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Coarse-grained sea salt does not melt into the batter, so you experience a crunchy burst with every bite. Use any other nut you like in place of peanuts.

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Healthy Triple Fruit Cookies Recipe

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Triple Fruit Cookies

Make these cookies up to a week in advance, since they freeze well. Dried fruits are available in most supermarkets and health food stores.

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Healthy Black and White Striped Cookies Recipe

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Black and White Striped Cookies

Cutting and stacking the dough creates alternating stripes of vanilla and chocolate pieces. For pinwheel variation, stack the two (12 x 8-inch) dough rectangles on top of each other, and roll up into a 12-inch-long cylinder as if you're making cinnamon rolls. Chill the roll before slicing.

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Healthy Chewy Chocolate-Coconut Macaroons Cookies Recipe

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Chewy Chocolate-Coconut Macaroons

To freeze leftovers, layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container. Thaw about 30 minutes before serving.

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Healthy White Chocolate-Lemon Biscotti Cookies Recipe

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White Chocolate-Lemon Biscotti

For a variation on this crisp Italian cookie recipe, substitute orange for lemon and semisweet chocolate chips for chopped white chocolate. Take time to chop a white chocolate candy bar for this recipe; white chocolate morsels contain no cocoa butter.

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Healthy Chai Shortbread Cookies Recipe

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Chai Shortbread

A combination of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper gives these chai cookies a taste reminiscent of Indian spiced tea. The fine texture of powdered sugar helps them retain the characteristic shortbread crunch.

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Healthy Cardamom-Lemon Polenta Cookie Recipe

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Cardamom-Lemon Polenta Cookie

The light and fresh flavor of these cookies, along with the fantastic texture courtesy of yellow cormeal, make these an interesting and unexpected choice for your dessert spread.

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Healthy Breakfast Fig and Nut "Cookies" Recipe

Breakfast Fig and Nut "Cookies"

These oversized cookies are more like muffin tops, but calling them cookies makes them seem a bit more indulgent. They're chock-full of exercise-friendly ingredients like dried fruit and nuts. They're ideal with a glass of skim milk for breakfast after a morning workout.

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Healthy Dulce de Leche-Filled Cookies Recipe

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Dulce de Leche-Filled Cookies

Alfajores, these crisp wafer cookies, are filled with caramelized sweetened condensed milk. Although you often can find a full-fat version of this product at Hispanic markets, we've made our own lower-fat version.

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Healthy Cocoa Fudge Cookies Recipe

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Cocoa Fudge Cookies

You can mix these incredibly easy, fudge cookies right in the saucepan. When freshly baked, these thin cookies have crisp edges and chewy centers. You can make them with either Dutch process or natural unsweetened cocoa powder; we opted for the latter.

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Healthy Chocolate Malted Cookies Recipe

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Chocolate Malted Cookies

Four types of chocolate make these cookies an extra-special treat for the chocolate lover in your family.

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Healthy Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies Recipe

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Vanilla Bean Shortbread

Use pantry staples and a flavorful vanilla bean to create these delicate cookies. Make them up to five days in advance, and store in an airtight container.

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Healthy Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kahlúa makes a subtle, yet delicious appearance in this chocolate chip cookie recipe. No liqueur? Simply substitute strong freshly brewed coffee.

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Healthy Chocolate-Pecan Macaroons Cookies Recipe

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Chocolate-Pecan Macaroons

Macaroons are a European confection especially popular at Passover. Here, the use of pecans adds a taste of the American South.

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Healthy Molasses Cookies Recipe

Molasses Cookies

This classic spice cookie is a delicious addition to your cookie collection.

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