Skinny Recipe: White Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Posted by Caitlin Norton
Did you know white chocolate isn’t really “chocolate” at all? It contains only the fat from the cocoa bean and other non-chocolate ingredients. When choosing white chocolate for this recipe, find chips, chunks or baking bars that contain only cocoa butter as the “fat” ingredient. Ghirardelli is one brand that has cocoa butter for a better chocolate flavor.
Lisa Jobs, who wrote Sensational Stevia Desserts (where I found this recipe) shared this tip in her cookbook:
“These cookies do not brown on top like cookies made with sugar, so first check the bottom of the cookies for browning. You can also put a toothpick in the center of one and see if it’s dry. If so, then the cookie is done. The result will be a soft, cake-like ‘wonderful’ cookie!”
Recipe makes 26 cookies, 2 cookies per serving
2 large eggs
3/4 tsp. stevia extract (minimum to add, add more based on sweetness preference)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups unbleached flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened dried cherries (try to get dried cherries with little or no added sugar)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips or chunks
Preheat oven to 350° F. Place parchment paper on two cookie sheets. Beat eggs, stevia and vanilla extract with electric mixer. Add butter and blend well (The mixture will not “cream” as it does in traditional sugar recipes, rather the butter will be separate from the eggs. However, it will incorporate when dry ingredients are added).
Sift flour, baking powder and salt, then add half to egg mixture. Mix well. Add the balance of the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Dough will be thick. Process dried cherries in food processor until in large bits. Fold chips and cherries into dough mixture.
Shape into 1 1/4″ balls and press down with hand until about 2″ flat onto baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until bottom of cookie becomes slightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
Some variations to try:
Replace cherries with dried cranberries. They cost more than most dried fruits but are unsweetened, fresh and taste great!
Replace white chocolate chips for regular chocolate chips. If you do this, increase stevia to 1 tsp. and reduce baking powder to teaspoon.
Total Sugars: 6g
Fiber: less than 1g