Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies

Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies Recipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Category winner: Desserts.

"I love chocolate and cherry flavors together, and I found great dried cherries from Maine for this recipe. I also used bittersweet instead of milk chocolate: Not only does it have less sugar, but it has a deeper flavor, too." —Marcie Dixon, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Yield:

30 cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 94
Fat 3.2 g
Satfat 1.6 g
Monofat 0.6 g
Polyfat 0.2 g
Protein 1.5 g
Carbohydrate 15.7 g
Fiber 1.3 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Iron 0.6 mg
Sodium 88 mg
Calcium 15 mg

Ingredients

1.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/3 cup)
1.5 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1/3 cup)
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup dried cherries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
Cooking spray

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk.

3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; add brown sugar, stirring until smooth. Add sugar mixture to flour mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add cherries, vanilla, and egg; beat until combined. Fold in chocolate. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Cool on pans 3 minutes or until almost firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

Note:

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Marcie Dixon, Arlington Heights, Illinois,

January 2010
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