Preheat your oven and stock up on baking ingredients, because we’ve found 25 delicious seasonal treats for less than 300 calories per serving. Give them as gifts, bring them to parties, or set them out for Santa—everyone will enjoy something on a healthy eater’s “nice” list.
Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies
These festive sugar cookies add an edge to their simplicity with a sweet, lemony glaze.
Ingredients: Flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda, butter, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, eggs, pure vanilla extract, pure almond extract, confectioner’s sugar, lemon juice
Time: Prep: 20 minutes; cook: 12 minutes; chill: 4 hours
Though this recipe seems rich, it relies on buttermilk, not butter, to create a mildly sweet flavor. And with a base of pecans, you’ll get plenty of monounsaturated (good) fat.
Ingredients: Sugar, buttermilk, light-colored corn syrup, baking soda, chopped pecans, butter, vanilla extract
Time: Cook: 25 minutes; stand: 20 minutes
White Chocolate Holiday Bark
Sweet and crunchy, every bite of this festive candy is loaded with heart-healthy dried cranberries and antioxidant-rich almonds. Kids can also help stir in ingredients and will love breaking the bark once it has set.
Ingredients: Almonds, unsweetened coconut, rice cereal, dried cranberries, white chocolate
Time: Prep: 15 minutes; chill: 30 minutes
Making your own caramel and cookie dough helps you control the calories.
Ingredients: Bittersweet chocolate, basic cookie dough, milk, vanilla extract, pecans, sugar, light corn syrup, whipping cream
Time: Prep: 20 minutes; cook: 30 minutes
Chewy Ginger Cookies
These cookies rely on plenty of ginger and molasses to add natural sugar and spice.
Ingredients: Baking soda, ground and crystallized ginger, butter, an egg, molasses, light brown sugar, granulated sugar, flour
Time: Prep: 15 minutes; chill: 2 hours; bake: 15 minutes
Chocolate Chip–Butterscotch Bars
Butterscotch adds richness without packing on too much fat.
Ingredients: Sugar, brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla extract, flour, baking powder, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, pecans
Time: Prep: 15 minutes; cook: 35 minutes
Buttery and sweet with just the right amount of cinnamon, these simple cookies are a Christmas classic.
Ingredients: Sugar, butter, light corn syrup, vanilla extract, an egg, cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, turbinado sugar
Time: Prep: 10 minutes; chill: 1 hour; cook: 12 minutes
This no-fuss dough gives you more time to spend on decorating your culinary creations.
Ingredients: Flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, butter, vegetable shortening, light brown sugar, molasses, an egg
Time: Prep: 20 minutes; chill: 4 hours; cook: 12 minutes
Classic Iced Sugar Cookies
There’s a reason these cookies are a classic—they provide relief for your sweet tooth while hovering around 100 calories per cookie. Be sure to use food coloring to tint the icing to holiday hues.
Ingredients: Flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, butter, vanilla extract, eggs, powdered sugar, low-fat milk
Time: Prep: 20 minutes; chill: 1 hour; cook: 10 minutes
Micro Mini Cheesecakes
How do you make easy, low-cal cheesecake? Simple—use low-fat cream cheese, vanilla wafers, and a raspberry jam!
Ingredients: Cream cheese, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, flour, raspberry jam, vanilla wafers
Time: Prep: 10 minutes; cook: 20 minutes
The subtle nutty, chocolaty flavor of these baked goods are perfect with your morning cup of joe.
Ingredients: Frangelico, unsweetened cocoa, instant espresso, vegetable oil, eggs, flour, whole-wheat flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, hazelnuts, baking soda, coffee beans
Time: Prep: 20 minutes; cook: 48 minutes