Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Cookies are often the “sweet treats” that we avoid to save calories. If you're concerned about the potential effect cookies might have on your waistline, try new recipes using nutrient-rich ingredients such as oatmeal, nuts, fruit, and whole grain flour. Here's one to get you started.

Preparation time: 15–20 minutes
Baking time: 8–12 minutes
Total time: 20–35 minutes

Yield: 24 servings
Serving size: 1 cookie

Ingredients

Cooking spray
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
4 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until well-blended. Add vanilla and egg substitute and beat. Gradually add in the flour mixture, beating a low speed until combined. Fold in cherries and chocolate chips. Drop dough by teaspoons, 2 inches apart, onto the baking sheet. Bake for 8–12 minutes, or until just set and very lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving:
Calories: 98
Protein: 1 g
Total fat: 3 g
Saturated fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 6 mg
Sodium: 39 mg
Dietary fiber: 1 g
Carbohydrate: 17 g

This recipe was developed by Liz Friedrich, MPH, RD, LDN, a nutrition and health promotion consultant based in North Carolina.

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