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Christmas Cookie Alternatives

Some fresh recipes to spruce up your dessert tray

6. Candied Almonds by Penelope Casas

These nuts are supereasy to prepare and are always a crowd pleaser. They disappear so quickly, you might consider making a double batch.

Per serving: 160 calories, 1g saturated fat, 23g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 2g fiber

7. Congo Bars by Sarma Meingallis

There's no baking required with this coconutty recipe, which makes it ideal when you run out of oven space. The bars just need time to chill in the refrigerator.

Per serving: 350 calories, 15g saturated fat, 16g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 5g fiber

8. Peanut Brittle by Barbara Kafka & Christopher Styler

Peanut brittle needn't have perfect edges, so have fun (and ease some holiday tension, perhaps) smashing it up with a mallet or rolling pin.

Per serving: 159 calories, 1g saturated fat, 23g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 1g fiber

9. Turtles by David Guas & Raquel Pelzel

Turtles are one of the most popular Christmas treats. You can serve them in holiday glassware or give them as gifts in festive tins.

Per serving: 191 calories, 5g saturated fat, 24g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 1g fiber

10. Chocolaty Pumpkin Bars by Liz Weiss & Janice Newell Bissex

The combination of spice, pumpkin and chocolate makes this salty-sweet recipe a winner.

Per serving: 140 calories, 1g saturated fat

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