The best thing about Christmas: getting to celebrate our savior coming into this world. After that, in no particular order, is spending time with loved ones, decorating the Christmas tree, and inevitably hearing Mariah Carey's “All I want for Christmas is You” at least once a day (who is Lisa Layne, btw?).
Oh! And we for sure can’t forget about baked goods. Can I get a hallelujah (chorus)?
What’s not so great about that though is trying to be healthy. I mean, I usually just throw all three sticks of butter that Ina Garten calls for in her shortbread cookie recipe (in fact I literally just did) without batting an eye, but there is a new spirit rising within me that is telling me to venture out and try to find a healthy baking recipe. That spirit is called my conscience.
And while I still totally advocate for reaching for a cookie whose dough has three sticks of butter (I’m not kidding, Ina’s recipe is chilling in my fridge as I type), you don’t always feel the *best* after eating them. Your family probably doesn’t either. I know your kid will also probably run off any effects of sugar in gym class in two weeks, but their bodies are probably also processing whatever the heck your Aunt Edna puts in her fruitcake. Also, if your kid eats fruitcake, he or she is already much more adventurous than I was as a kid.
So, this I posture: maybe, just maybe you give these recipes a chance? No? Merry Christmas anyways. Just kidding, we have your section coming up.
Vegan gingerbread cookies
via Desserts with Benefits
Grain-free sugar cookies
*Stevia Alert*, because even if you’re against eating fat-laden food (yum), you should NEVER be about eating Splenda. Run and tell that to your grandmother, homeboy.
via Eat Yourself Skinny
No bake superfood bark
Via My Fussy Eater
Cardamom Almond Flour Thumbprints
GRAIN FREE. I’m starting to read those words so much that I feel like I’m in that episode of Frasier when Marty, Frasier, and Niles make a drinking game out of Antiques Roadshow.
When making these, make sure you save half of your cranberries to drop into your Christmosas. Don’t thank me, thank Delish.
AND NOW, for all those who just scrolled past "stevia" and "vegan,". Your moment is here.
Here are four recipes we're probably (definitely) going to make that include things like butter and caramel.
Holiday crack candy
Apple fritter cinnamon roll bake
As you’re watching your kids opening presents like this:
You could also be letting these bad boys warm up in the oven. Is it monkey bread or are they cinnamon rolls? It's the perfect Christmas morning breakfast, that's what it is. Thank you, Justine.
via Crazy for Crust
Christmas pull-apart bread
Oops, this isn’t a sweet dish, but we gotta share something for the fries-before-pies crowd. This dish includes cheese, bread, pesto, and other stuff that I’ve forgotten because really the first three ingredients are all I need.
via Southern Living
Ina Garten’s shortbread cookie recipe
Last but not least, here’s Ina Garten’s shortbread cookie recipe, because three sticks of butter. God bless you, Ina. Wonder what she’s doing right now.
via Food Network