Kidney Diet Tips

Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes-a Sweet Kidney Diet Tip

holiday cookiesFive days until Christmas, which means you have time to make some of your favorite holiday cookies. Imagine the aroma of fresh baked cookies filling the house! I’ve selected 5 of my favorite holiday cookie recipes from the DaVita kidney-friendly recipe collection. In addition, consider these 5 reasons to make a batch of cookies Biscottitoday!

  1. Everyone loves cookies, so make a batch for gifts to family, friends, and  the people who provide a service all year (postal worker, delivery persons, babysitters, home maintenance helpers, etc.). Include the recipe on a festive recipe card or holiday card.
  2. Take a plate of cookies to upcoming holiday events. Share at work parties, at the dialysis center, and at holiday celebrations.
  3. Plan a fun event by getting the family or friends together to help mix up the cookie dough, cut out holiday shapes, decorate cookies and taste test the finished product.
  4. Bring a smile and a box of cookies to your neighbors–those you know but also those you don’t know so well.
  5. Share  your special homemade cookies with someone who cannot make their own–home bound friends, those in nursing homes or rehab centers, extremely busy or stressed coworkers and friends, or anyone who needs some holiday cheer.

One of the keys to keeping holiday cookies kidney-friendly is to limit ingredients high in sodium, potassium and phosphorus. For example, many cookie recipes call for nuts or chocolate chips. You can use a small amount and still get the flavor while keeping it acceptable for a kidney diet. Use the 25% rule. If the recipe calls for 1 cup, reduce the amount to 25%, which is 1/4 cup. Some cookie recipes call for several high sodium ingredients such as baking soda, baking powder, salted butter or margarine and salt. You can substitute unsalted butter or margarine and reduce or omit the salt and still have a great tasting cookie.

5 Favorite Kidney-friendly Holiday Cookies from DaVita

Angel Cookies (only 4 ingredients!)

Anise and Orange Biscotti (a favorite to serve with hot tea or coffee)

Gingersnap Cookies (cinnamon, cloves and ginger-yum!)

Old Fashioned Shortbread Cookies (Get the no cost DaVita Holiday Cookbook–it includes this recipe and photo)

Swedish Rusks (another favorite for dunking)

What’s your favorite holiday cookie?

Additional Kidney Diet Resources

Visit and explore these diet and nutrition resources:

DaVita Food Analyzer

DaVita Dining Out Guides

Today’s Kidney Diet Cookbooks

DaVita Kidney-Friendly Recipes

Diet and Nutrition Articles                                                      

Diet and Nutrition Videos

Kidney Smart® Virtual Classes

This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Consult your physician and dietitian regarding your specific diagnosis, treatment, diet and health questions.

Sara Colman, RDN, CDCES

Sara Colman, RDN, CDCES

Sara is a renal dietitian with over 30 years experience working with people with diabetes and kidney disease. She is co-author of the popular kidney cookbook "Cooking for David: A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook". Sara is the Manager of Kidney Care Nutrition for DaVita. She analyzes recipes and creates content, resources and tools for the kidney community. In her spare time Sara loves to spend time with her young grandson, including fun times together in her kitchen.