Healthy Christmas Cookies

by Erin @ Food Doodles on December 11, 2019

35 healthy Christmas cookies to get you through the holiday season! With whole wheat, gluten-free, paleo and vegan options.

Healthy Christmas Cookies

I took a longer than expected break after Thanksgiving but am back with a roundup of some really delicious Christmas cookies! I’ve tried and loved many of them myself.

I split them up into sections so that people with dietary restrictions / preferences can easily find what they need. I hope you’ll find something you like!

Whole Wheat Christmas Cookies

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

These Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies from Texanerin Baking are unbelievably soft and chewy! Can be made with whole wheat or all-purpose flour and are naturally dairy-free.

Chewy 100% Whole Wheat Gingersnaps

My Chewy 100% Whole Wheat Gingersnaps are perfectly chewy and soft. Sweet and just a little bit spicy – these will be your go-to gingersnap recipe!

Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies

These Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies from Butter For All use sprouted wheat and are naturally sweetened with dates. These healthy Christmas cookies are perfect for decorating with nuts and raisins for a nourishing, no compromises holiday!

Peppermint White Chocolate Chickpea Cookies

These Peppermint White Chocolate Chickpea Cookies from Two Healthy Kitchens magically replace most of the butter in “typical” cookie recipes with a clever chickpea puree to slash the fat while adding loads of nutritious protein and fiber! They’re chewy and satisfying (just like a “normal” cookie), but so much healthier!

Vegan Chocolate Ginger Cookies

These Vegan Chocolate Ginger Cookies from Allergy Girl Eats are a flavor bomb in a cookie! They are topped off with a simple and decadent vegan cocoa frosting. This recipe actually calls for all-purpose flour but I’ve always been successful using whole wheat in place of chocolate cookies and am confident it’d work here!


Note: All the cookies below this section are also gluten-free! The next few cookies are just the ones that are “only” gluten-free and not grain-free / paleo.

Gluten-Free Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

These Gluten-Free Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies from Emily Kyle are a sweet treat infused with butterscotch chips for a delicious cookie the whole family will love. Crispy, chewy, sweet and satisfying all at the same time, made with whole-grain oats and butterscotch chips, these are a family favorite all year round.

These Gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies from Texanerin Baking are flourless, super easy to make, and require just a few ingredients and minutes to put together! They’re also naturally grain-free and dairy-free. 

Gluten Free Cranberry Almond Biscotti

These Gluten Free Cranberry Almond Biscotti are sweetened with raw sugar and would be great with coffee!


Note: Almost all the cookies in the sections below are also grain-free!

Peppermint Chocolate Puddle Cookies

My Peppermint Chocolate Puddle Cookies are naturally gluten, grain and dairy-free but you’d never guess it because they are so decadent. Fudgy and gooey inside, with a crisp, crackly top.

Almond Flour Pecan Sandies

These Almond Flour Pecan Sandies from Fresh April Flours are egg and gluten-free. Super easy!

Grain-free Butter Cookies

These Grain-free Butter Cookies from Everyday Maven look and taste just like the classic holiday butter cookies with sprinkles but are not only grain and gluten-free but 100% dye-free!

Chocolate Dipped Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

My Chocolate Dipped Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies are super fast and easy to make. They’re also dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peanuts.

Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

These festive, grain-free Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies from A Calculated Whisk are just the thing for gifting, cookie swapping, and plain old snacking from now until the new year.

Flourless Chocolate Orange Puddle Cookies

My Flourless Chocolate Orange Puddle Cookies are gooey in the middle with a smooth, crispy and crackly top just like the top of a brownie.

Cookies that are both gluten-free / grain-free + vegan

These Molasses Cookies from Texanerin Baking are soft, chewy and made a little healthier! With gluten-free, vegan, 100% whole grain and dairy-free options.

Gluten-Free Vegan Sugar Cookies

Gluten-Free Vegan Sugar Cookies from Rhian’s Recipes are soft and chewy, slightly fluffy and covered in a rich, creamy cashew frosting. Some of the best pretty and colorful (but naturally sweetened!) healthy Christmas cookies for the festive season!

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

These Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies from Texanerin Baking have an amazing chewy texture and lots of peanut butter flavor. They’re also grain-free and gluten-free with paleo and keto / low-carb options.

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

These Cinnamon Sugar Cookies from Veggie Inspired are perfectly chewy, sweet, and packed with warm cinnamon. Only 6 ingredients and 15 minutes needed to make these quick and easy, gluten-free cookies! What are you waiting for?

Almond and Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Almond and Jam Thumbprint Cookies from Food by Jonister that are refined sugar-free, vegan, made with oats, almonds and all-purpose flour.

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

These Grain-Free Chocolate Orange Cookies from The Fit Cookie are mostly sugar-free with a sugar-free/paleo option.

These Snickerdoodles (or Bananadoodles) from Hello Spoonful use bananas, oat flour, apple sauce, and other simple ingredients to keep this snickerdoodle recipe on the healthier side without losing flavor. Enjoy these healthy snickerdoodle cookies with your afternoon coffee or a late-night treat!


Spiced Paleo Sweet Potato Cookies

Spiced Paleo Sweet Potato Cookies from Raia’s Recipes. Looking for a cookie that is sweet and healthy at the same time? Give these cookies a try! They’re even a hit with non-sweet-potato-lovers!

Grain-free Ginger Molasses Cookies

These Grain-free Ginger Molasses Cookies from Recipes to Nourish are soft and chewy with a perfect crispy outside. These healthy Christmas cookies are also naturally sweetened!

Paleo Almond Flour Gingerbread Men Cookies

These Paleo Almond Flour Gingerbread Men Cookies from Perchance to Cook are soft, chewy and perfectly spiced gingerbread men cookies. Gluten-free, Grain-free, dairy-free and Paleo.

Paleo and AIP Snickerdoodles

These Paleo and AIP Snickerdoodles from Eat Beautiful are a cookie lover’s wish come true, especially if you used to love cookies but limit yourself to only the best occasional desserts now. They taste like the old favorites, but they’re so much healthier.

Macadamia Chocolate Cookies

These Macadamia Chocolate Cookies from Irena Macri are super easy! The macadamia nuts cab be replaced with cashews or blanched almonds.

Flourless Cashew Almond Butter Cookies

These Flourless Cashew Almond Butter Cookies from Running to the Kitchen are dipped in dark chocolate and garnished with candied sage. They’re a fun chewy winter treat!

Paleo Cookies with Frosting

Paleo Cookies with Frosting (Lofthouse Style) from 40 Aprons. These paleo cookies are to die for. They’re inspired by beloved “Lofthouse” cookies, which are super fluffy with a thick layer of delicious frosting on top. They’re easy to cut with cookie cutters, so you can have paleo shaped cookies for every holiday!

Paleo + Vegan

These paleo vegan Peppermint Cookies from Texanerin Baking are perfectly soft, chewy and full of mint flavor!

Almond Butter Blossoms

These chewy, dense yet doughy Almond Butter Blossoms from Joy Food Sunshine are easy, healthy and they’re paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free and refined sugar-free! They’re a delicious Paleo Christmas cookie to make this season!

Paleo Vegan Gingerbread Men Cookies

These Paleo Vegan Gingerbread Cookies from 24 Carrot Kitchen are festive, fun to decorate and tasty!

Eggnog Cookies

These Eggnog Cookies from Whole New Mom are perfectly flavored with eggnog in a snickerdoodle-like cookie and combined with a light eggnog spiced glaze drizzled on top. Just right for Christmas!

Cardamom Orange Paleo Shortbread Cookies

Warmly-spiced Cardamom Orange Paleo Shortbread Cookies from The Roasted Root are dipped in orange-cardamom chocolate for a decadent treat. Made with almond flour, coconut oil, and coconut sugar.

I hope you found some good healthy Christmas cookies to try out! Which are you going to try first? 🙂

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Raia Todd December 11, 2019 at 16:42

They all look so delicious! I’m gonna have to work my way down the list…


2 Sarah December 11, 2019 at 13:36

What a great roundup, so many great looking cookies! Thank you so much for including my Chocolate Orange Cookies 🙂


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