Saturday, December 17, 2016

Delicious Healthy Holiday Cookies For Christmas

gluten free sugar  cookies

Making Christmas cookies during the holidays for gift giving and entertaining has been a tradition for years. Most deserts contain flour, sugar and are high in fat and bad for your waistline.  

Try these low sugar healthy holiday cookies for Christmas made with wholesome ingredients that are sure to please family and friends this holiday season.  

Enjoy all the different cookie recipes, perfect for you next dinner party desert. Serve cookies with a creamy hot chocolate beverage topped with coconut whipped cream and a pinch of crumbled candy cane.

Hot Chocolate Delight
Christmas would not be complete without a creamy hot chocolate drink. This delicious chocolate recipe is low sugar and in calories. Made from the highest quality ingredients that rivals the most expensive brands.  

Ingredients
4 cups of soy milk or low-fat milk or almond milk ( milk of choice)
8 tablespoons  dark unsweetened cocoa powder 
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chopped 

Directions
In a medium pan, heat the milk of choice over low heat.
Stir in the chopped chocolate until melted
Add the cocoa powder and combine
add the vanilla extract
Combine all the ingredients until dissolved and the hot chocolate is heated to the desired temperature.

Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipes
Coconut Nut Cream Topping Paleo Vegan Recipe
Prep time 10 minutes/ Total Time 10 minutes
Use this recipe to top your hot chocolate beverage or pies and treats as a healthy topping for deserts. 

Ingredients
1 Can (14 Ounces) full-fat coconut milk.  Chill in the refrigerator overnight to thicken
1 tablespoon coconut sugar or maple syrup 
(optional) 

Instructions
1.) Chill your mixing bowl and attachment in the freezer for ten minutes before making your coconut cream topping.

2.) Open the chilled can of coconut and drain the excess water from the hardened coconut

3.) Remove the hardened coconut cream from the can and place into a chilled mixing bowl.

4.) Using a whisk attachment whisk the coconut on high for two minutes until the mixture forms soft peaks.

5.) whisk in 1 tablespoon of sugar or maple syrup if desired.

Serve this on top of hot chocolate drinks sprinkled with dried coco powder or a pinch of chopped candy cane for a peppermint flavored hot chocolate. Even mini marshmallows are only 2 calories each.  Make your hot chocolate during the holidays for a special treat. 


sugar cookies
Sugar Cookies  
This recipe is made with wholesome ingredients and can be rolled out easily to cut into any shape you desire making this a easy healthy holiday cookie recipe.

Use different cookie cutters, shapes and sizes to create unique sugar cookies for your holiday celebrations.  

Decorate the cookies with your favorite embellishments or just leave them plain. 

Prep Time 80 Minutes/ Cook Tome 10 Minutes
Serving 20

Ingredients
1 cup finely ground almond flour
1 cup tapioca starch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 coconut sugar or evaporated cane juice
1/4 cup coconut solid
1 large egg 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water

Instructions
1.) In a large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients, almond flour, baking soda tapioca powder, salt, coconut sugar and whisk to combine.

2.) in a large blow combine all the wet ingredients,
egg, coconut solid, vanilla extract, water and combine.

3.) add the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and blend with a mixer on medium speed until the dough forms.

4.) Turn the dough out onto the kitchen counter and knead a few times just to make sure all the ingredients are well combined.

5.) Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for one hour until chilled.

6.) After the dough has chilled take the dough out of the refrigerator.

7.) dust the clean counter and rolling pin with almond flour.

8.) roll the dough out 1/4 inch thick.

9.) Use cookie cutters of choice to cut out individual cookies and place each cookie on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat nonstick baking mat.  

Cookie cutter shapes come in all kinds of shapes and sizes like snowflakes, stars, Christmas trees, deer, snowmen, Santa, squares, circles, triangles ect. 

Use one shape or mix and match to create a wide verity of cookie designs.

Bake 
Bake cookies in a preheated oven 325 degrees for ten minutes until the cookies are golden brown.

Cool the cookies on the cookie sheet for 5 to 10 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack.

Embellish the sugar cookies with favorite topping to create unique and spicial treats for you guests.
This one recipe can make several different cookies just by changing the shape and adding different toppings to the cookies.
sugar cookies
Sugar Cookie Topping Suggestions

  • Melt sugar-free chopped chocolate in a double boiler on top of the stove. Once the chocolate has melted dip half of the cookie in the chocolate and place the cookie on a wire drying rack.  Sprinkle the cookie with chopped toasted walnuts or other nuts of choice. Place the cookie sheet in the fridge to set.  Those ordinary sugar cookies will look spectacular as you add more to the toppings. Serve on a plate or give out as gourmet gifts wrapped in a cellophane bag or holiday tin.
  • Healthy Simple Glaze Frosting. Use this healthy glaze on cookies or other treats
Ingredients
1 cup powdered stevia sweetener ( truvia)
1 1/2 tablespoons almond milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Spoon glaze on cookies or deserts to cover. 
Allow the glaze to set and dry.
healthy holiday cookies
One Healthy Sugar Cookie Recipe Can Make Many different cookies by using a verity of cookie cutter shapes, sandwiching cookies togeather and adding toppings of choice. 
  • Using a fork drizzle melted chocolate over the cookies. Chill the cookies on the cookie sheet in the fridge to set.
  • Sprinkle the cookies with coco powder for an extra chocolatey flavor.


Use your imagination to create different combinations of cookies using this one sugar cookie recipe. Delight family and friends this holiday season.
gingerbread cookies
Gingerbread Cookies
Prep Time 30 Minutes/ Cook Time 10 Minutes

Eating gingerbread cookies during the holidays is a tradition in many homes.  

The amora of fresh baked gingerbread is pure delight.  Using healthy ingredients to make this recipes will help you stay on track with your diet while still enjoying this traditional treat. 

Ingredients
1/2 cup solid coconut oil ( solid)
1 cup coconut sugar divided
1/4 cup molasses
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 coconut flour divided
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 Teaspoon ground ginger
1 pinch ground cardamom 
1 pinch of ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
additional coconut flour for dusting.

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
1.) In a large bowl combine the coconut oil and 1/2 cup sugar with a fork until well combined.

2.) Add the eggs, vanilla extract, molasses and mix well

3.) In a separate bowl combine all the dry ingredients, coconut flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves salt, cardamom.  Whisk the dry ingredients well until combined. 

4.) Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients slowly incorporate the mixture.  Blend the mixture with a fork until the dough forms into a ball.

5.) Sprinkle coconut flour onto the kitchen counter.

6.) Press the dough out with your fingers or use rolling pin dusted with coconut flour to prevent sticking.  Roll the dough out until it is 1/4 inch thick.

7.) Place the gingerbread cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat to prevent sticking.

8.) Bake your gingerbread cookies in a preheated 350-degree oven for 10 - 15 minutes until golden brown.  Check the cookies while baking to prevent over cooking. 

9.) cool the cookies on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rake.

10.) While the ginger cookies are still warm sprinkle with coconut sugar to finish.

These tasty cookie recipes will sure to please family and friends during holiday season.  Stay on your diet while enjoying the deserts you love the most. 

Cheers
Patricia Lynn

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