Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies

Chewy, fudgy oatmeal cookies studded with chocolate chunks and plump cherries. Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites this time of year. They are so fat, chewy and comforting. For this recipe, I added a splash of cherry flavoring to the dough to intensify the cherry flavor. These low-calorie cookies are a great Valentines Day treat for your health conscious sweetie. If you love that chocolate and cherry combination, (and seriously who doesn’t?) then you will love these cookies. :D

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Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 teaspoon cherry flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add flour mixture and beat until blended. Add cherries, cherry flavoring, vanilla, and egg; beat until combined. Fold in chocolate.
  4. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 3 minutes or until almost firm. Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool completely on wire racks.

Yields: 2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 12 minutes

Source: adapted from Cooking Light, January 2010

20 Responses to “Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies”

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — January 11, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    Those look fantastic!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 11, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

    These look great, sometimes a “healthy” cookie is necessary!

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    livingth3sw33tlife — January 11, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    You have no idea how happy I am that these are Low calorie – – I’m tempted to eat the entire batch ( lol I think that kind of defeats the low calorie scheme :$). Such a delicious recipe!!

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    inanna137 — January 11, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

    I’m so gonna have to make these!!

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    fitnessnfoodiegirl — January 11, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    Oh yum! I have always made either cherry or chocolate cookies I’ve never mixed the two in one cookie, but now I’m asking myself why!!!?

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    ChgoJohn — January 11, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    Heart smart or not, these cookies look incredible!

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    Susie — January 12, 2012 @ 1:22 am

    Where do you fine cherry flavoring? I don’t think I have ever seen it.

    • Christina replied: — January 16th, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

      Susie,
      I usually use McCormick cherry flavoring or you can also use the cherry liquid from a jar of maraschino cherries. If you give them a try I would love to hear how they turn out for you! :)

      • Susie replied: — February 11th, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

        I found the cherry flavoring at Jimbo’s. It definitely added a great flavor to the cookies. I know I will be making these cookies over and over again. Brought them to a friend’s house and everyone loved them.

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    sportsglutton — January 12, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    I think my gluttonous self could use some heart smart oatmeal cookies. ;-) I’m digging the additional cherry flavoring here.

    Cheers!

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    Shannon from Healthiful Balance — January 12, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Wow, those cookies look so great! I would like to have some of them right now!! :) Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

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    Caroline — January 12, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    What a fantastic cookie!! Lovely. x

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    honeywhatscooking — January 12, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    great recipe. I love the chocolate cherry combo. This isn’t terribly fattening given that it makes 2 dozen cookies. :-)

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    Kathy — January 15, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    made these tonight…LOVE the chocolate cherry combo. I used dark chocolate chips, and almond instead of cherry flavor (didn’t have on hand). They taste rich and chewy and oh so gooood! Can’t wait to share!!

    • Christina replied: — January 18th, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

      Chocolate and cherry are an amazing match! I am so glad to hear you enjoyed them! :)

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    lee de guzman — January 16, 2012 @ 3:55 am

    I want to live in Sweet Pea’s Kitchen. I can just imagine how tasty smelling her entire house must be and how there’s always some sweet temptation laying around. If she won;t let me live with her, could someone find out if the house next door is available?

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    Liz — January 11, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

    These sound lovely. Thank you and have a great weekend!

    • Christina replied: — January 12th, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

      They are really good Liz! I just love the dried cherries in them. I hope you have had a great weekend too! :)

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