10 Healthier Christmas Cookie Recipes {Refined Sugar Free}

‘Tis the season for cookies, but that doesn’t mean you need to load up sugar! Check out this delicious list of healthier Christmas cookie recipes that contain no refined sugar.

Healthier Christmas Cookies {Naturally Sweetened without Sugar}

Healthier Christmas Cookies Recipes

Healthier Christmas Cookies - Flavored with Natural Ingredients

Paleo Hot Coca Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting – Fit Foodie Finds. These are simply beautiful cookies!

Grain Free Holiday Cookies – Don’t Mess with Mama. These cookie have organic candy canes in them, which are made with sugar, so keep that in mind if you need a true sugar-free cookie. 

Sugar Free Peanut Butter Truffles – Peas & Peonies. These are vegan, no bake, and gluten free. And somehow they still sound amazing. 😀 

Healthier Christmas Cookies - Naturally Sweetened Ingredients.

Raw Snowball Cookies – Made To Create. I love all the nuts in these cookie bites!

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies – I Food Real. It’s difficult to decorate cookies without using processed ingredients. I love her take on decorating these gingerbread people.

Glazed Gingersnaps – The Chew. This recipe calls for powdered sugar in the glaze, so if you want them to be sugar free, omit the glaze.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough TrufflesAn Oregon Cottage. Just yum! Make these!

Naturally Sweetened Whole Wheat Butter Cookies – My Humble Kitchen. These are even decorated with maple sweetened cream cheese frosting!

Grain-Free Holiday Roll Out Cookies – Real Food Forager. SCD and GAPS friendly recipe.

What’s your favorite healthy Christmas cookie recipe? Share a link to your own naturally sweetened recipe if you have one!

 

Chocolate Peppermint Sheet Pan Cheesecake

This recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Sheet Pan Cheesecake is for you if you love homemade cheesecake but hate the fuss of spring form pans and cracking cakes! It’s easy and makes either one big sheet pan dessert, or two 9x13s, so you can eat one and freeze the other for another day!

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*This recipe is sponsored by Blake’s All Natural. All opinions are mine.*

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During this busy time of year, it’s more important than ever to make the most of your time in the kitchen. That’s why I’m happy to partner with Blake’s All Natural on this recipe! Blake’s understands the importance of quality, homemade food shared with family. They’re helping you in the kitchen by taking care of dinner while you make a holiday dessert. Read to the end of this post for a giveaway where five winners will each win two coupons for two delicious Blake’s Family Size Meals!

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Chocolate Peppermint Sheet Pan Cheesecake

My family always begs me to make cheesecakes, but I rarely do. Primarily, because I don’t want to find my spring form pan and deal with the disappointment of another cracked cheesecake. Luckily, this recipe is much easier than a traditional cheese cake. Rest assured, though, it certainly doesn’t sacrifice taste! Three simple steps will have this wonderful sheet pan cheesecake on your table without too much effort.

Gather Tools & Ingredients

First, gather tools and ingredients. You’ll need either a sheet pan (18 x 13), these are my favorite, or two 9×13 pans for this recipe. You’ll also need parchment paper. I like the brand If You Care’s Unbleached & Chlorine Free variety. It also helps to have a food processor and a stand mixer, though neither are necessary. Make sure you let the cream cheese come to room temperature for about an hour or so before you’re ready to mix it or it won’t cream as nicely.

Make the crust

I highly recommend lining the sheet pan with parchment paper. It just makes it so much easier to get the cheesecake off the pan. The crust is just crushed graham crackers combined with melted butter and pre-baked for about 5 minutes.

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Make the cheesecake batter

To make the cheesecake batter, I busted out my Kitchen Aid stand mixer  and creamed the cheese and sugar before adding eggs one at a time. Finally, add the extracts and the peppermint candy pieces and pour the mix onto the crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until the middle has just set. After the cheesecake has baked, let it cool for 15 minutes, and then put it in the fridge for at least three hours.

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Make the ganache

While your lovely cheesecake is cooling, make an easy ganache.  Yes, I made a ganache – doesn’t that sound fancy?! No, it’s not hard, don’t worry. 🙂 Just make sure you coarsely chop a cup of chocolate chips before adding hot cream. I used my food processor to chop the chocolate – easy peasy. Let the cream and chocolate mix sit for ten minutes, and then stir until the chocolate is melted. That’s it! After the cheesecake is completely cooled, spread the ganache on top.

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By the way, don’t let your son drop a grapefruit on the cheesecake after you’ve nicely smoothed out the ganache or it will look terrible. You can just trust me on that one. I was NOT a happy mama and I didn’t display very nice mama skills after that happened. How many times does a person have to tell her kids not to throw balls {or anything resembling balls} in the house?!

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Here’s the printable recipe

Yields 40 squares

Chocolate Peppermint Sheet Pan Cheesecake

An easy and delicious cheesecake - no spring-form pan or fuss required!

15 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 3 cups crushed chocolate graham crackers
  • 10 TBS butter, melted
  • For the cheesecake
  • 6 - 8 oz packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups raw sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 cup crushed peppermint candies
  • For the ganache
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 cup finely shredded semi-sweet chocolate, chocolate chips work fine

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To make the crust, combine melted butter and graham cracker crumbs. Firmly press on a sheet pan (or two 9 x 13 if desired) covered with parchment paper.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes, remove from oven.
  4. To make the cheesecake, combine cream cheese and sugar in a stand mixer over medium speed. Slowly add eggs one at time until combined.
  5. Add the extracts and candies and mix one last time.
  6. Pour the cheesecake batter on the crust and bake for 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool to touch, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  7. To make the ganache, shred 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate. I ran a cup a chocolate chips through my food processor, but if you have mad knife skills, feel free to use your knife to chop.
  8. Heat one cup a cream over medium high heat until just boiling. Then, pour cream over chocolate in a heat safe bowl.
  9. Let the cream and chocolate sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes are up, stir the mixture until a nice ganache forms. Top the cheesecake with the ganache. Put the cheesecake back in the fridge for another 15 minutes or so.
  10. Finally, cut into bars (roughly 2" x 2") and top with a few more candies, if desired
  11. Store leftovers in the fridge.
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How about that giveaway?

Blakes Family Size MealsI was happy to let Blake’s All Natural make my dinner for me the day I made this cheesecake. I baked a few of their delicious chicken pot pies and served cheesecake for dessert. The best part? This recipe make so much, I’ve got enough to freeze for Thanksgiving! Woohoo. Thanks, Blake’s, for helping me get ready for the big meal. 🙂

If you’d like your own coupons for Blake’s Family Sized Meals, enter the rafflecopter form below! Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on Nov. 27th! Good luck!

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I hope you like this cheesecake! It is a new family favorite. Happy baking!

Real Food Treats for Valentine’s Day

These real food valentine recipes make it possible to have your cake and eat it too! I love this collection of beautiful recipes and hope you do too.

Real Food Valentine Recipes

Real Food Valentine Day Treats. A list of beautiful and healthy options to make your Valentine's Day a little bit sweeter. It is possible to have your cake and eat it too, with these delicious recipes.

Are you looking for Real Food Valentine’s Day Treats? I love the chance to show some love with sweet food, but I could do without all of the yuck that goes into standard treats. Because I lack inspiration, I asked a few awesome foodies to share their great ideas for healthier treats. And check this delicious round-up of  goodies they shared! Real food without the bad stuff like artificial food colors, artificial flavors, and artificial sweeteners! It is possible to make healthier treats! Click through to the original source to see the recipes as they are all different. Some are paleo. Some are vegan. Some are raw. Some are simply healthier versions of not so healthy favorites! ~ Enjoy.

21 Real Food Treats for Valentine’s Day

Real Drink Treats for Valentine's Day

Valentine Approved Cocktail – Tone It Up

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie – Jar O Honey

Blood Orange and Grapefruit Mocktail – Fit Foodie

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How to Make a Healthy Fruit Dip & Tray Your Kids Will Love

Many thanks to Nancy’s Yogurt for sponsoring today’s post. This healthy fruit dip and tray will be a hit at all of your events and is a great way to encourage the kids to eat fresh fruit and healthy yogurt fruit dips. You need to make it today!!

How to Make a Healthy Fruit Dip & Tray Your Kids Will Love from SimplifyLiveLove.com

Healthy Fruit Dip

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