How Many Calories Are Really in Your Holiday Cookies?

Find out how your favorite festive treats stack up.

The holidays are full of parties, quality time with family and friends, and of course, plenty of food. As a result, the number one winter complaint is weight gain. While it's not necessarily bad to indulge on special occasions, keeping track of what you're putting in your body is helpful to prevent the pounds from sneaking up on you. At this year's office party or neighborhood cookie swap, keep this guide handy to know exactly how many calories, carbs, and fat you're consuming with each bite. Keep in mind: If the cookies are larger than average or contain additional ingredients the numbers could vary. Grab a glass of milk and your favorite cookie (or two!) and enjoy the holiday season with family and friends! 


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