5 Delicious (Healthy) Options For Your Holiday Cookie Exchange

By Chelsea Becker

We all want to be the person that struts into the annual family cookie exchange feeling extra confident because we know our cookies will finally be crowned the tastiest option of the whole spread. We're talking treats so good, there might be a fight over who gets the last one. If you're wondering just where you're going to find this best-ever cookie recipe, fear not! We have some of the chocolatiest and most delicious options out there (even grandma won't be able to beat these!).

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Don't let the word vegan fool you, these cookies are loaded with all the good stuff. Seriously, peanut butter and chocolate? You can't go wrong. This recipe will get you 12 cookies, so you may need to double it for an exchange (or because let's be real, you eat half the dough before it goes in the oven). Get the recipe.

5-Ingredient Vegan Gluten-Free Cookies

Our gluten-free friends need some cookies to enjoy too, am I right? Everyone will be after these, though, with their chocolate chunks and oat-filled texture. With just five ingredients to make them, the recipe is simple, quick and easy. You'll probably find yourself whipping these up for more than just the annual holiday cookie exchange. Get the recipe.

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Healthy Vegan Gingersnap Cookies

No one is going to be upset about you bringing a little health to the cookie exchange—especially if your treats taste like the original gingersnap! These babies pack all the flavor, but are flourless, have no refined sugar and you need zero butter! The secret ingredient? Molasses! It gives you all that delicious gingersnap goodness! Get the recipe.

5-Ingredient Vegan Dark Chocolate Bars

Ok, so let's just address the elephant in the room—this option isn't a cookie, but we don't care because who doesn't want a homemade vegan chocolate bar?! If you want to take the holiday theme up a notch, you can really add any mix ins you want (maybe some flax or hemp seed for the health conscious), but for the sake of the holidays, peppermint is pretty much guaranteed to impress everyone's eyes and taste buds. Get the recipe.

Healthy Almond and Cinnamon Christmas Stars

Sometimes all you really need to make a delicious and healthy cookie christmas-like is a good cutter. We're all about the star shape of these goodies. This alone will have people curious and wondering what your cookies taste like. Be prepared for a burst of cinnamon and maple—some of the best holiday flavors around! Get the recipe.