Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies

It drives my husband nuts that I don’t just stick to chocolate chip cookies – I always have to try new recipes.  Very few cookies stack up to the good old-fashioned favorite – but I know they are out there, and I have to find them.  Chocolate and cherries is a winning combination – the tartness of the cherry with the bittersweet chocolate is a match made in heaven.  I actually had some good chocolate in the house left over from the holidays that I chopped up for these cookies, and I thought they were fabulous.  My daughter was licking the bowl clean – yes, they were exceptional before baking.  I saw this recipe in Cooking Light – and at less than 100 calories per cookie, they were calling out for me to bake them.  I made them slightly bigger than a tablespoon, so maybe mine were a little more than 100 calories, but still.  I adjusted the baking time below, because they were browning pretty quickly, so make sure to keep an eye on them.


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbl. unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • cooking spray


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

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.

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 degrees for 10-11 minutes.  Cool on pans 3 minutes or until almost firm.  Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.  Makes about 30 cookies depending on the size.

For a printer-friendly version of this recipe, click here:  Chocolate Cherry Cookies

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