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Senior-friendly Christmas Cookie Recipe

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The holidays are here and you know what that means: Christmas cookies! For seniors with arthritis pain or limited diets, making and enjoying Christmas cookies doesn’t have to be a thing of the past. Try making this Christmas cookie recipe, complete with senior-friendly modifications, with your family this year!


  1 1/8 cups


  1 1/2 cups

  Brown Sugar



  1/3 cups


  3 1/3 cups

  Flour (All-Purpose or Gluten Free)

  3 tsp

  Baking Soda

  1/4 tsp


  1 1/2 tsp


  1 1/2 tsp




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease two cookie sheets.
  2. Cream the oil and sugar together in a bowl.

Senior-friendly modification: Need a sugar substitute? Try date sugar. It has the added benefits of fiber, B6, and magnesium. And, it can be substituted at a 1:1 ratio in recipes that call for brown sugar. Nifty!

  1. Beat in eggs and add molasses.

Senior-friendly modification: Stirring, especially stiff mixtures, can be difficult for arthritis sufferers. Instead, try using a hand mixer on a very low speed.

  1.  In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon. Add the egg mixture and stir until well blended.
  2. Roll bits of dough into 1-inch balls.

Senior-friendly modification: Those with limited manual dexterity can also use a teaspoon to form the dough into mounds before dropping them onto greased cookie sheets.

  1. Dip each ball in sugar and place on a cookie sheet, sugared side up, about 2 inches apart.

Senior-friendly modification: Trying to limit your sugar intake? Leave the “dip” step out. (They’ll be delicious as-is!)

  1. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies have spread and tops have cracked. Let cool on wire rack, and enjoy!

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