My Top 10 Holiday Cookie Recipes

Holiday Cookie Recipes // veggieandthebeastfeast.com

I make no secret of the fact that I love Christmas. I wear it on my sleeve…and on my chest, belly, legs, all over the damn place because I think Christmas season is fantastic.

Although this is mostly a health(ier) food blog, I definitely enjoy the occasional decadent treat, especially cookies. In fact, they may be my very favorite dessert genre. So, in honor of my cookie and holiday love, I thought I’d compile a list of some healthier and not-so-healthy blog favorites.

Falalalala, nom nom nom nom.
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Simple Gouda and Sage Biscuits

Simple Gouda and Sage Biscuits // veggieandthebeastfeast.com

When you’re a vegetarian at Thanksgiving, it’s really all about the sides and the bread. Sometimes they are one in the same, like with my mom’s ridiculously buttery and carbalicious stuffing. My plate usually fills up with that stuffing, green bean and artichoke casserole, and a big buttered roll. Carbs beside buttery cheesy vegetables beside carbs.

This year I’m going to hopefully add a little healthy goodness with a lentil loaf, which I’m already being made fun of incessantly for because “lentil loaf” sounds about as appealing as “nutritional yeast,” but I’m giving it a try anyway.
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Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Donuts

Chocolate Macaroon Donuts // veggieandthebeastfeast.com

When I think of donuts I always end up thinking about my grandpa. The only time I really ever ate donuts growing up, or enjoyed them enough to remember them, was on our annual family beach vacations. My Grandpa, no matter how slow he moved at his older age, would get up early and walk to the nearest donut shop to provide a sugary breakfast for our family. I’d throw on a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt, curl up on a chair on the patio, and watch the waves crash in as I dug into a chocolate-frosted and liberally sprinkled cake donut.

Even now, decades later, my happy place would be on that patio, eating a donut with my grandpa and watching the waves come in. These days I’d also want a large cup of coffee on the side, but otherwise that situation would be perfect, Mickey Mouse sweatshirt and all.
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