With all the holiday parties, treats at the office, neighbors bringing goodies, etc. it can be hard to resist the urge to partake in all the culinary confections. Unfortunately, along with this, we may find ourselves with unwanted extra holiday pounds. Well, now you can have your cake (well cookie) and eat it too. This recipe is actually a “heart smart” recipe that uses bittersweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Not only does it have less sugar but it has a deeper flavor too. These cookies are great for your children’s teachers, neighbors, cookie exchanges, holiday parties or make them for a sweet treat at home.


Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies (by Marcie Dixon)


  • 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 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine flours, oats, baking soda and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk
  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat – remove from heat
  4. Add brown sugar, stirring until smooth
  5. Add sugar mixture to flour mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended
  6. Add cherries, vanilla, and egg – beat until combined
  7. Fold in chocolate
  8. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray
  9. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes
  10. Cool on pans 3 minutes or until almost firm
  11. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks

But as always, even though they are “heart smart” moderation is always the best key to good health!

Paula Jamieson

Certified Personal Trainer & Fitness Nutritionist


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