Full of bright cherry flavor, these chewy chocolate cookies will disappear in no time!

A gluten free recipe safe for persons with diabetes

YIELD: 3 dozen cookies

INGREDIENTS:                                                     AMOUNT

Dried cherries, chopped 1 cup
Cranberry juice (be sure it is pure 100% juice) ¼ cup
Unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process (be sure no “partially, hydrogenated” oils are listed in the cocoa ingredients) ¾ cup
Nonfat sweetened condensed milk ½ cup
Cherry or apple butter ½ cup
Cinnamon (ground) 1 tsp
Flaxseed (ground) ¼ cup
Vanilla extract 1 TBsp
Unsweetened flaked coconut 2 cups, divided (2/3 cup and 1 1/3 cup


1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.

2) Combine cherries and cranberry juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat and cook, stirring frequently, until all the juice has been abstracted, about 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.

3) Combine cocoa, condensed milk, cherry (or apple) butter, cinnamon, flaxseed and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and blended. Add the plumped cherries and 1 2/3 cups of the coconut; stir until just combined.

4) Using 2 small spoon fulls, form and drop 1-inch mounds onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the remaining coconut over the cookies. Bake until the cookies are no longer sticky and the coconut has begun to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. (Do not over bake; the cookies will firm up slightly as they cool). Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutritional Information Per Cookie: 65 calories, 3.5 g fat (1 g Sat, 0 g Mono, 0.3 g poly including 0.26 g omega-3’s), 1 mg cholesterol, 11.3 g carbohydrates, 1.2 g protein, 1.3 g fiber, 17.4 mg sodium, 70.5 g potassium.

Adapted from EatingWell.com by Dr. Nancy Emerson Lombardo, Ph.D. following the Memory Preservation Nutrition program.  Selected by Kristina Scangas.

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