Low-Cal Peppermint Christmas Cookies

When it comes to the holidays, the treats are everywhere and it's hard to say no. This year my goal was to create some low-cal treats that wouldn't bring on the guilt. That's where these Low-Cal Peppermint Christmas Cookies came about. They're light, satisfying and perfect with a cold glass of milk or hot cocoa!

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Skinny Peppermint Sugar Cookies

makes 36 cookies - prep time: 25 minutes - cook time: 14 min


  • 5 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup crushed sugar-free peppermint candies


  1. Using a stand or hand mixer, cream the sugar, applesauce and shortening until combined in a large bowl.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Using the mixer, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Place candies in a large zippered bag. Crush the candies on the countertop into small pieces. Or pulse them 1-2 seconds in a food processor or blender.
  5. Add the candies to the batter and mix well.
  6. On a parchment lined cookie sheet, drop teaspoon size dollops of batter. Flatten the cookies with the back of a fork and make a nice x mark. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on wire racks.


Calories 46; Protein 1g; Carbs 6g; Fat 3g; Sat. Fat 2g; Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 8mg; Fiber 1g; Sugar 21g