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Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke Photo by: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies

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.

Cooking Light JANUARY 2010

  • Yield: 30 cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

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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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 94
  • Fat: 3.2g
  • Saturated fat: 1.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g
  • Protein: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 15.7g
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Iron: 0.6mg
  • Sodium: 88mg
  • Calcium: 15mg
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