Four Low-carb Old-fashioned Winter Cookie Recipes to Love

Today is National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry, it’s a semi-obscure, old-fashioned cookie, but it is perfect for fall. The first recorded recipe is from a church cookbook in 1880.  

Hermit cookies are seasoned with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg and filled with nuts and raisins. They are the perfect, chewy cold weather cookie. To celebrate them, we are sharing four tasty old-fashioned cookie recipes that are perfect for this time of year! You won’t want to be a hermit after baking them as they are great for bringing to a party or giving as a gift!

Ginger Snaps Cookie Recipe


These ginger snaps are thin and crispy. They aren’t exceptional to look at. But if you put them in a jar with a ribbon, you have a perfect hostess gift for any occasion this holiday season! They taste of sugar, spice and everything nice, and the recipe takes only a half hour! They are perfect paired with milk or coffee. A serving has 70 calories and one gram of carbs. Get the recipe.

Hermit Cookies


This recipe for hermit cookies uses coconut milk and oats to make the cookies lower in carbs. It doesn’t suggest using a non-caloric sweetener. The recipe calls for three tablespoons of sugar. The cookies are low in carbs. But they could be even lower if you used a baking sweetener instead of sugar. Either way, you will enjoy these delicious fall-flavored cookies. A serving has 44 calories and four grams of carbs. Get the recipe.

Gingerbread Fruitcake Cookies


Fruit cake gets a bad rap, and, honestly, some of them deserve it. They can be stodgy, sweet and yet flavorless. No one wants that! This gingerbread cookie is packed with apples, figs, coconut and pecans. It’s dense and moist but not stodgy. Instead, it’s decadent and indulgent. Instead of trying to find a polite way to refuse fruit cake, your problem is going to be eating just one of these cookies! A serving has 255 calories, four grams of carbs and four grams of fiber. Get the recipe.

Rum Balls


We love rum balls. There are two big problems with them. They’re high in carbs, and some are so alcoholic they can get you drunk! This recipe has made them so much lighter and taken out the booze! It doesn’t use condensed milk to cut down on sugar, and it uses rum extract to get the traditional flavor without the kick. You will need a food processor or a good blender to make the cookie ingredients a fine texture. A serving has 181 calories, six grams of carbs and four grams of fiber. Get the recipe.

Any of these recipes would be perfect for bringing to a party, giving a gift or enjoying after spending time outside in the chilly weather! With Thanksgiving coming up next week, it’s time to start thinking about all the holiday recipes and fun!

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