Christmas Cookies: To Eat or Not to Eat? While Santa masks up for a COVID-friendly Christmas this year, make sure you’re not disappointing him with the cookies you lay out. Better Homes and Gardens surveyed 1,200 Americans in 2019 to see which cookies made their nice lists and naughty lists. Here are America’s top five favorite Christmas cookies:

  1. Chocolate Chip
  2. Sugar Cookies
  3. Fudge
  4. Peanut Butter Cookies
  5. A tie! Snickerdoodles and Gingerbread Cookies

And the cookies even Santa turns his nose up at?

  1. Oatmeal Raisin (we all wish those were chocolate chips…)
  2. Coconut Macaroons
  3. Another tie! Pumpkin Bars and Pumpkin Cookies 


Now that we know what not to bring to our neighborhood cookie swap, we need to figure out what to do with all those yummy cookies we bring home. Do we trash the whole plate? Do we eat them all in one sitting? Or is there a way to actually have our cookies and enjoy them too this season? Let’s figure it out.

A dieting mentality tells that cookies have no business on our plates. This leads to some serious stress at holiday gatherings, crazy workout patterns, and extreme guilt over having your grandma’s famous sugar cookie snowmen. The result of constantly restricting ourselves from sugary treats? We end up feeling out of control and bingeing on them. Instead of pacing ourselves and enjoying a cookie here and there, we’re suddenly licking the plate of the homemade fudge we polished off.

Here’s the alternative….

Take a cue from Better Homes and Gardens and make your own “naughty and nice” list of holiday treats. The nice treats are your favorites (the ones you can’t imagine the holidays without), and the naughty ones are the ones you really don’t care about or could get year-round. Armed with this list, you can navigate your way through all kinds of holiday scenarios. If you encounter a treat that doesn’t fall on either list, you simply do a quick check using the four D’s:

D – Deep breath

D – Drink water

D – Decide

D – Do or Do Not

Whether you make the list and check it twice or you use the four D’s, make your eating intentional this holiday season. You’ll feel much more successful and less anxious by simply prioritizing your treats. Here’s to a happy, healthy holiday season!