Santa is watching his waistline this year, but that doesn鈥檛 mean you should skip the traditional cookie plate. Simply make a few of these 15 healthier holiday cookies instead and you鈥檒l definitely set yourself up for getting on the nice list again next year. And there鈥檚 no need to worry about binging here 鈥 you can enjoy nibbling on this delicious selection of skinnier treats all season long.


1. Pretty Darn Healthy Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (Gluten-Free): Who wouldn鈥檛 want to get their hands on these cookies studded with peppermint crunch bits? We鈥檙e thinking chopped up peppermint bark would be an equally tasty stir-in. (via Almost Supermom)


2. Oat Thumbprint Cookies With Raspberry-Chia Jam: The gem of magenta-hued raspberry jam is the star of these refined-sugar-free cookies. You鈥檒l want to make extra so you have enough left over to spread on toast, muffins, you name it. (via My Fussy Eater)


3. Chocolate Protein Cookies: Santa will appreciate the protein boost provided by these chocolate-peanut butter cookies. Enjoy them for dessert or as a post-workout snack. (via Fit Foodie Finds)


4. Old Fashioned Almond Gingerbread Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free): These three-ingredient cookies couldn鈥檛 be much easier to make. And all that time saved gets you to the fun part (decorating) in a flash. (via The Clean Dish)


5. Paleo Hot Cocoa Cookies With Vanilla Bean Frosting: A swirl of vanilla-bean-flecked frosting is a fabulous finishing touch for these hot cocoa cookies. It may be even more delicious than the usual dollop of whipped cream or marshmallow鈥 (via Fit Foodie Finds)


6. Salted Dark Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies (Vegan, Paleo): A spoonful of salted chocolate goes perfectly with these almond flour shortbread cookies. We鈥檇 gladly nosh on a few while sipping on a cup of tea. (via My Purple Spoon)


7. Chocolate Gingerbread Balls: Dried plums never tasted so sweet. These chewy, chocolatey, no-bake balls pack in the gingerbread spice in a refined-sugar-free package. (via Win-Win Food)


8. Snickerdoodle 鈥楴og Christmas Cookie Sticks (Vegan): Enjoy dipping these chewy sticks in everything from 鈥榥og to hot chocolate. (via Yeah鈥mma eat that)


9. Linzer Thumbprint Cookies: With half the typical amount of butter found in linzer cookies and a bit of whole grain flour tossed in for good measure, these treats still manage to be just as jolly as their less wholesome counterparts. (via Healthy Seasonal Recipes)


10. Chocolate Walnut Cookie Dough Balls: You鈥檇 never guess that these brownie-like balls are actually healthy. (via Kitchen Frau)


11. No-Bake Gingerbread Cookies: Oven-free, grain-free and delicious? You鈥檇 better believe it. These cutouts are straight from the freezer but manage to create nutritious, holiday-spice cookies. (via In It 4 the Long Run)


12. Two-Ingredient Cookies (Gluten-Free, Vegan): These magical cookies only require ripe banana and oats, although a handful of chocolate chips never hurt anything. The chewy cookies that result are a bit like banana bread, and every bit as good for breakfast. (via Pure Ella)


13. Maple Meringue Kisses With Raspberry Frosting: Crisp and just sweet enough, these twee meringue sandwich cookies are perfectly poppable. (via The Urban Poser)


14. I Can鈥檛 Believe These Are Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies: Practically too good to be true, these healthy cookies are made with a surprising ingredient 鈥 let鈥檚 just say you probably have a can or two of it in your pantry already! (via Brit + Co)


15. Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies: Get your apple pie fix with these maple-syrup-sweetened cookies. The date caramel drizzled on top is not to be missed. (via Hungry Healthy Girl)

What are some of your favorite ways to bake healthier treats around the holidays? Or do you prefer to go all out until the new year? Let鈥檚 talk below.