Make Gifting Sweeter With These 11 Homemade Cookie Recipes

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We all love cookies. And while store-bought cookies are great, they can’t compare to the homemade kind. Cookies made from scratch are more personal, not to mention they can be made with healthier ingredients. Here are eleven recipes you can whip up at home for friends, family, or just yourself.

1. Easy Snickerdoodles

Clean Eating Snickerdoodles
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Who knew snickerdoodles could be healthy? These Easy Snickerdoodles are soft, chewy, and coated in a cinnamon-sugar mixture that will make your kitchen smell like a bakery.

2. Pfeffernusse Cookies

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If you love gingerbread cookies, you will love Pfeffernusse cookies. These delicious German Christmas cookies are slightly spicy and filled with traditional German holiday flavors. They’re perfect for a holiday cookie swap.

3. Almond Cookies

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Packed with almond flavor, these Almond Cookies are small for easy portions and are perfect for a light dessert or treat! They are a firmer cookie that crumbles easily in your mouth.

4. Waffle Iron Cookies

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These waffle iron cookies are delightfully different and easy to top with just about any festive topping you like! Each bite brings you a taste of the holidays, making it an ideal choice for a cookie swap.

5. Almond Honey Cookies

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Almond Honey Cookies are a light, delicious cookie that is flourless, gluten-free, and vegetarian. These soft cookies are not only healthy and delicious but also perfect for anyone who suffers from allergies or intolerance. They are a perfect holiday treat!

6. Healthy Thumbprint Cookies

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Healthy Thumbprint Cookies are inspired by my time in Germany. This delicious cookie recipe is universally loved, which makes it a no-brainer choice for a holiday cookie swap. Plus, you can explore various jams and fillings for these thumbprint cookies.

7. German Oatmeal Cookies

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Are you tired of the same old cookies you’ve been making during the holidays? Try this German Oatmeal Cookies recipe. They are slightly different from the American version but equally good, if not better! My holiday season wouldn’t be complete without them.

8. Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

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These healthy gingerbread cookies are an extra special treat this holiday season. They’re easy to make and fun to decorate! Christmas cookies are a staple, so bring the kids along to join you in the decoration to make it a family affair.

9. Graham Cracker Cookies

Clean Eating Graham Cracker Cookies
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These graham cracker cookies are perfect for graham cracker lovers. And who would’ve thought these are good for clean eating? That’s one more reason to make them for a holiday cookie swap or your holiday snacking.

10. Maple Meringue Cookies

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These maple meringue cookies are a simple yet delicious holiday treat. Meringue cookies are incredibly versatile, tasty, and easy on your eating plan. Low in calories and fat, you won’t feel guilty about digging into these this holiday season.

11. Whole Wheat Cut-Out Cookies

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Cut-out cookies are a staple during the holidays. These whole wheat cut-out cookies are easy to make, don’t require any chill time, and are as tasty as those made with white flour. Perfect for a holiday cookie swap or just because.

9 Recipes For Using Up Overripe Bananas

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Have ripe bananas lying around? Use them up before they go bad with one of these recipes that use ripe bananas.

5 N’ice Cream Recipes You Have To Try

A small white bowl sits filled with strawberry n'ice cream. A used wooden spoon sits in front of the bowl.
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N’ice cream is a fantastically refreshing dessert option. Made with 100% fruit, you never have to feel guilty about enjoying this treat.

17 Clean Eating Fat Bomb Recipes

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Trying to work a little more healthy fats into your sweet treats? These fat bombs deliver healthy fats while giving you a little something sweet to enjoy.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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