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A Healthier Christmas Cookie: Ginger Addition!

Posted by David 12/04/17 0 Comment(s) Toddler-Approved Recipes,Kids in the Kitchen,

Ginger Christmas Cookies

Post by Lunches + Littles


December is here which means all sorts of goodies, food, and fun. But fun food doesn’t have to mean unhealthy food. This morning my girl and I made a batch of healthier Ginger Christmas Cookies and I just had to share. With simple swaps like whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose/white, and coconut palm sugar instead of refined white sugar, these cookies are better than most, and still taste amazing! Make a tray for your home, your office, your friends, a Holiday gathering, etc. With their yummy taste, you’ll be the only one who will know that they are a healthier treat! Read on for the full recipe! 


HEALTHIER GINGER COOKIES (makes 18-24 cookies)



+ 2 and 1/4 cups whole wheat flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg, 5 scoops Vanilla Cream Kidzshake Powder (optional, find it here), 3/4 cup vegetable shortening, 1 cup coconut palm sugar, 1 egg (or flax egg if you want to make it vegan), 1/4 cup molasses, and an additional 1/4 cup sugar for rolling finished dough in (see below). 



Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a couple of baking pans with parchment paper.
Then, in a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and Kidzshake Powder. Whisk until well-combined - this is a great job for little ones, so get them a whisk!
+ Next, in a high-powered blender (we used our Vitamix) or a food processor, pulse shortening and coconut palm sugar together a few times. Then add in eggs and molasses. Again, pulse until well-combined. 
+ Empty contents of blender/ food processer back into your large bowl and work the mixture a little bit with your hands. Wet hands a little, if necessary, to work dough into small balls, about 1 inch in size.
+ Shape all of your dough into small balls. Then, roll them in the 1/4 cup sugar (put this in a small bowl so you can just swirl the balls around to coat), and place them on baking sheets, approximately 1 inch apart.

+ Bake for 10-12 min. (depending on oven), until bottoms are lightly browned and tops are puffed and start to crack.


+ Remove from oven and cool on a cookie sheet for a couple minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to fully cool.


+ Serve and enjoy. Or store in an air-tight container until ready to eat. Easy, yummy and healthier than most cookies; now that is something to be merry about, wouldn’t you say? 

It is Christmas season AND today is National Cookie Day, but these Healthier Ginger Cookies are the perfect treat for ANY DAY of the year! Hope you make them, and love them, as much as we do! And, if you are looking for more recipe ideas, be sure to check out my feed on Instagram, @lunchesandlittles. Merry Christmas!



Lunches + Littles focuses on quick, healthy and fun meal options for little ones. One of the goals of Lunches + Littles is to share practical tips and tricks on how to make meals fun, all the while keeping things simple. A lover of colorful p lates, and an advocate for getting kids in the kitchen, Lunches + Littles is also a great resource for parents of picky eaters, parents looking for heal thy family and toddler recipes and those mamas (dads too!) who are short on time. A mantra of sorts: Mak ing meals fun doesn’t have to be hard! With 3 little ones (4 years old and under) it can’t be! Follow @lunchesandlittles for al l of the above… And more! 

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