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Christmas Cookie Alternatives

Some fresh recipes to spruce up your dessert tray

Oatmeal Berry Bar, Christmas Cookie Alternatives

These 10 creative holiday dessert recipes — from congo bars to homemade turtles — will shake you out of the cutout sugar cookie mold — iStock photo

These 10 creative holiday dessert recipes — from congo bars to homemade turtles — will shake you out of the cutout sugar cookie mold (with all due respect, of course). You're sure to find a sweet treat here that's perfect for everyone on your list.

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1. Cranberry Oatmeal Bars by Nick Malgieri & David Joachim

Along with dried cranberries, pecans and cinnamon, this recipe includes applesauce- — a secret ingredient that makes these cookies supermoist with less fat.

Per serving: 163 calories, 2g saturated fat, 24g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 2g fiber

2. Toffee Chocolate-Nut Wedges by Abby Dodge

These wedges are wonderful with after-dinner coffee and tea. Bake them in a tart pan for scalloped edges and a more sophisticated look.

Per serving: 187 calories, 6g saturated fat, 19g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 1g fiber

3. Cool Mint Patties by Elizabeth Gordon

These patties bring the refreshing flavor of mint to your Christmas table, and are great to make with kids. Top with crushed candy canes for an extra-festive touch.

Per serving: 107 calories, 2g saturated fat, 21g carbohydrates, 0g protein, 1g fiber

4. Berry Cheesecake Bars by Barbara Selley

A whole slice of cheesecake can be too heavy after a big meal, but these delicious bars won't leave you stuffed.

Per serving: 171 calories, 3g saturated fat, 27g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 1g fiber

5. Butterscotch Pudding by Diane Rossen Worthington

Transform a childhood favorite into a classy dessert with a touch of scotch. Serve in parfait or martini glasses.

Per serving: 347 calories, 9g saturated fat, 45g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 0g fiber

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