Bake up the best healthy cookies to share with the kids, from Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies and Healthy Sugar Cookies, to Oatmeal Raisin, Pumpkin Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, Applesauce Cookies, and more!
In my mind, dessert is meant to be shared—which is why I love making healthier cookies to share with the kids. These delicious desserts have less sugar and more whole grains than their conventional counterparts, yet still taste amazingly good. We love making healthy holiday cookies or just a batch to share on any old afternoon.
Best Healthy Cookie Recipes for Kids
These healthy cookies are all soft enough for toddlers to eat, though you may want to break them up into smaller pieces to help with chewing if needed. Always serve alongside a drink—like milk of course!—and you can even try making some of these together. Most of the batter is simply stirred together in a bowl, making them great recipes for kids to help you bake.
TIP: The American Heart Association recommends that kids under age two avoid added sugars, but I’ll let you decide if you’re okay with your child having a special treat now and then.
Sugar Cookies (with Less Sugar)
Made with a batter that’s naturally egg and dairy free, these easy sugar cookies are so fun to roll and cut out—and to frost!
Recipe: Healthy Sugar Cookies
Sweet Potato Cookies
Made with whole grains, mashed roasted sweet potato, and minimal added sweetener, this is a cookie that you can feel good about sharing with the kids.
Recipe: Sweet Potato Cookies
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
With a fruit and a veggie in the mix, plus whole grain rolled oats, these egg-free oatmeal cookies are a fun afternoon treat to share.
Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Cookies
Made with protein-rich cashews and dates, these no-bake cookies are easy to make—and you can even turn them into shapes if you press the batter into a silicone baking mold!
Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Cookies
No-Bake Oatmeal Apricot Cookies
With granola, dried fruit, and coconut, these simple cookies taste like old-fashioned Apricot Balls but with way less sugar.
Recipe: No-Bake Oatmeal Apricot Cookies
A few small tweaks to a classic recipe adds whole grains and nutty flavor. Win, win!
Recipe: Whole-Wheat Snickerdoodles
Soft Pumpkin Cookies
With minimal added sugar and a super fluffy texture, these healthy cookies are perfect for pumpkin season!
Recipe: Pumpkin Cookies
Gingerbread Cookies (with Less Sugar)
With hardly any added sugar, a pleasantly texture that has just a tiny amount of crispness, and an easy process, these are another easy cookie recipe to bake with the kids.
Recipe: Gingerbread Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Just a few ingredients can become super yummy Peanut Butter Cookies—with less sugar and that flavor you expect!
Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookies
A little chocolate, rolled oats, and dried fruit make these healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies a go-to for anyone who loves a classic cookie.
Recipe: Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookies
Almond Meal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Try this gluten-free cookie recipe, which boasts a soft texture with delightfully crisp edges, to share with the whole family.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
A few healthy ingredients combine to make a classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookie with less sugar and more whole grains. These freeze well too!
Recipe: Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Fresh apple, an easy egg-free batter, and the ability to make them gluten-free if needed, these healthy cookies are so yummy any time of the year…and the easy drizzle on top is totally optional!
Using applesauce in place of oil makes for moist cookies that boast a naturally sweet flavor the kids will totally dig.
Recipe: Applesauce Cookies
Banana Oatmeal Cookies
These easy cookies are so healthy you can serve them for breakfast! They’re also a wonderful make-ahead snack and a great way to use up a too-ripe banana.
Recipe: Banana Oatmeal Cookies