Whether coconut macaroons, shortbread biscuits, cinnamon stars or vanilla crescents: Baking cookies is just part of the Advent and Christmas season! Unfortunately, many cookies are anything but a healthy treat. Often there are tons of butter and sugar in the small treats. However, there are also healthy cookies that contain valuable ingredients and still taste delicious. We'll tell you what's in a 'healthy' Christmas cookie and give you three delicious recipes.
Butter and sugar in moderation
The large amounts of butter and sugar that are stuck in most Christmas cookies do not make them a healthy treat. Too high a consumption of sugar, for example, the teeth can be damaged. In the long term, the risk of overweight and cardiovascular disease increases. Butter may also cause cardiovascular disease if consumed excessively due to its high cholesterol content.
So try to find cookie recipes that contain little butter or sugar. Or fall back on variants such as coconut macaroons, which are baked without butter and thus are a little less high in calories. You can also save calories by reducing the sugar content - most of the time the cookies still taste sweet enough. It is even better to replace the sugar with sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup or agave syrup.
Also, instead of white flour, use whole wheat flour. This contains more fiber, makes it longer full and also has a positive effect on digestion. In addition, wholemeal flour has a positive effect on the blood sugar level and is therefore recommended especially for diabetics.
Healthy cookies with valuable ingredients
In cookies are not only 'unhealthy' ingredients such as butter and sugar, but also all sorts of healthy. When choosing recipes, make sure to bake cookies with nuts, oatmeal or dried fruit. Then the cookies will not only taste delicious, but you will also do something good for your body:
- Nuts: Although nuts have many calories, they are rich in unsaturated fatty acids. These can lower the cholesterol level and thereby prevent a disease of the cardiovascular system. Whether it's hazelnuts, walnuts or peanuts, decorate your cookies with some tasty nut slivers instead of chocolate. Almonds are also great for decorating.
- Oatmeal: Oatmeal provides plenty of energy, is rich in fiber and will fill you up for a long time. In addition, they have a positive effect on the blood sugar level, as they only allow it to rise moderately. That's why oatmeal is also good for diabetics.
- Dried fruits: Dried fruits like apricots or plums are rich in valuable ingredients and therefore also very healthy. For example, five times more potassium is found in dried apricots than in fresh fruits. However, they also contain more sugar and therefore have more calories than fresh apricots.
When baking cookies, also use Christmas spices such as cinnamon, vanilla or anise. They not only give the cookies their typical Christmas taste, they also have a positive effect on the body. For example, cinnamon stimulates digestion, while vanilla has a mood-enhancing effect.
Tips and tricks for healthy cookies
With a few simple tips and tricks, you can make your cookies even healthier. We have collected some suggestions for you:
- When baking, do not generally grease the baking sheet, but rather use baking paper. This will help you to save a few calories.
- When baking cookies, do not use ingredients such as alcohol or marzipan. Both are extremely high in calories and quickly settle on the hips.
- Protein-based cookies - so-called meringues - are not necessarily healthier than other cookies. Since they contain no butter, they are at least slightly lower in calories.
- Do not decorate the cookies after baking with couverture. If you really want a chocolate topping, do not dip the whole chocolate into chocolate, just add some artful chocolate sprinkles.
- Bake small cookies: Although they are not necessarily healthier, you generally consume less than you would with large cookies.
Vanillekipferl: Bake healthy
- 100 grams of buckwheat flour
- 100 grams of whole wheat flour
- 100 grams of ground hazelnuts
- 125 grams of butter
- 100 grams of honey
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- Some icing sugar
Preparation Vanilla Kipferl:
Mix flour, hazelnuts and cinnamon and then add the butter cut into small pieces. Stir the dough, add the honey and stir again. Then refrigerate the dough for one hour. Then shape the dough into a roll and cut off about 1.5 centimeters thick slices. Shape them into croissants and place them on a baking sheet. Bake the kipferl in a preheated oven at 190 degrees for about 12 to 14 minutes. Then carefully turn the kipferl into some icing sugar.
Healthy cookies with oatmeal
- 180 grams of butter
- 130 grams of powdered sugar
- 2 packets of vanilla sugar
- 100 grams of flour
- 150 grams of chopped nut kernels
- 150 grams of oatmeal
- ½ lemon
- 1 pinch of salt
Stir butter, powdered sugar, vanilla sugar and salt together. Then grate the lemon peel finely and add it to the dough along with the chopped nuts, flour and oatmeal.
Make hazelnut-sized balls out of the dough and place them on a baking sheet. Leave enough space between the individual cookies as they run while baking. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven at 180 degrees for eight minutes.
Low-calorie cookies: chocolate macaroons
Ingredients chocolate macaroons:
- 2 egg whites
- 100 grams of sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 3 teaspoons of chocolate powder
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
Preparation of chocolate macaroons:
Beat the egg whites with 70 grams of sugar and a pinch of salt until stiff. Then carefully lift the remaining sugar, chocolate powder and cornstarch under the egg whites. Then carefully place small teaspoons on a baking sheet with two teaspoons. Bake the cookies in a preheated oven at 140 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Then let it cool in the oven.