37 Healthy Cookie Recipes That Will Actually Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
We have no problem eating healthy—until dessert rolls around. Sometimes, berries and fat-free whipped cream just won’t cut it when we’re hungry for something sweet. Luckily, we found 37 healthy cookie recipes to turn to when a craving comes knocking. (And yeah, we get it: "Healthy cookies" are a bit of an oxymoron, but we're big believers in enjoying things in moderation, so no treat should be totally off-limits.) Our picks contain a modest amount of calories and sugar, and some even contain fiber and protein. There are also a handful of gluten-free and vegan options on the list, so you can get your nosh on no matter your diet. You can thank us later.
Psst: Want to Make These Even Healthier?
Try swapping all-purpose flour for whole wheat, or using applesauce instead of butter, suggests instructors at Michigan State University. Or give yourself a boost of fiber by adding half a cup of chopped nuts to the batter, like nutritionist Toby Amidor does.
2. Easy Fortune Cookies
As long as you don’t eat the whole dozen in one sitting, these cuties can be diet-friendly.
3. Pistachio Cookies
Chopped, toasted nuts are a tasty twist on sugar cookie dough. (Oh, and each cookie has only 94 calories.)
6. Lemon Icebox Cookies
They’re bright, citrusy and only 88 calories each—no frills, no special ingredients.
9. Healthy No-Bake Cookies
The hardest step of this recipe is waiting 20 minutes for the cookies to set in the fridge. We won’t tell if you don’t make it past 15.
14. Low-Carb Almond Flour Biscotti
This six-ingredient wonder is paleo and sugar-free. Bonus: It’s an afternoon baking project that’s satisfying but won’t take over your whole day.
17. Healthy Sugar Cookies
A blend of raw cane sugar and baking stevia give the recipe the sweetness it needs, minus some of the calories.
19. 35-Calorie Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies
Yeah, you read that right. We’ll take a dozen to go, please.
21. Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
Fetch yourself a glass of milk: These babies will be ready in 25 minutes.
23. Funfetti Protein Cookies
TBH, if we’d known our post-workout snack could be covered in sprinkles, we’d have actually exercised weeks ago.
24. Soft Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
These almond-coconut cookies are healthier plain. But one decorated with fresh vanilla buttercream and sprinkles only clocks in at 163 calories. So yeah, we’ll take the frosting.
26. Vegan Double Chocolate Cookies
Pecans, chia seeds and Medjool dates give the cookies body and natural sweetness.
31. Snickerdoodle Snack Bites
Like Larabars? Meet their from-scratch, eerily similar cousin.
32. Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Because no allergy or diet should keep you from the most beloved cookie of all time.
33. Birthday Cake Energy Bites
Cashew butter? Check. Flaxseed meal? Check. All the rainbow sprinkles? Check, check and check.
36. Coconut Flour Cookies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate
This gluten-free pick boasts minimal carbs, no refined sugar and 4 grams of protein per cookie. So go ahead, have three.
37. Mint Matcha Cookies
These vibrant handhelds are Paleo and vegan, since the dough is made with almond flour and coconut oil and sweetened with maple syrup.