Cookies that are a joy to eat in every way

Cookies that are a joy to eat in every way

A cuppa is not the same without some nice cookies sometimes. When you want a little comfort and sweetness in your life, they are just the ticket, but how do you get away with eating them?

Cookies do not necessarily need to be banished from your life if you are watching your weight. With this recipe from Cooking Light you can indulge from time to time without wreaking too much havoc on the sugar and calorie count. Just bring together the following ingredients and in half an hour you have a plate of delicous cookies to share with everyone, including yourself. At just under one hundred calories each, they are a lot better than a bar of chocolate or a shop bought treat and you get to control what goes into them.

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

The recipe is quick and easy to prepare. Preheat oven to 220°. 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° for 12 minutes. Cool on pans 3 minutes or until almost firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

Last but not least, enjoy, without the after guilt – perfect in every way!

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