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Is it possible to enjoy Christmas cookies without giving Santa a run for his money on the bathroom scale? Has food science truly cracked the code that would allow us to indulge in sweet baked goods while maintaining our preferred pants size?

First of all, you have to have them. That’s not even up for debate. Cookies are as much a part of the holiday season as gift wrap, caroling, and weight gain. But what if you could whip up a batch of cookies with a few health-conscious modifications that still delivers a satisfying taste experience? Send in the vegans!

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Veganism is a plant-based lifestyle. That means no leather belts, coats, shoes, or wallets. It also means no meat, eggs, or dairy. Nothing can come from an animal. How good can a Christmas cookie be without milk and eggs, you ask? Surprisingly good. There are added benefits, too. Vegan cookies are often lower in fat, calories, and cholesterol but higher in protein and fiber. Some are also gluten-free.

Why wait until the new year to start your healthier eating resolution? Try these 22 vegan Christmas cookie recipes. You may have to hunt down some ingredients you don’t usually buy like dates and chickpeas. Just don’t forget the almond milk for dunking!

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