Bobby’s Lighter White Chocolate Cherry Chunkies

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By Bobby Deen

189 Less Calories
13 g Less Sugar


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ounces white chocolate, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
3 tablespoons candied cherries, coarsely chopped   (about 6 cherries per Tbsp.) 

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray 2 large baking sheets with nonstick spray.

Combine the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer at medium speed, cream both sugars and butter until light and fluffy, 2 – 3 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla until blended. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until just blended. Stir in the chocolate, nuts, and cherries into the dough.

Drop by heaping tablespoons onto the baking sheets 2 inches apart, making a total of 20 cookies. Bake until lightly browned along the edges, 12-15 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking.

Let cool on the baking sheets on racks 2- 3 minutes. With a spatula, transfer the cookies to racks to cool completely.

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Difficulty: Easy
Yield: 20 cookies

Per Serving: 118 Cal (38% from Fat, 7% from Protein, 55% from Carb); 2 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 3 g Mono Fat; 17 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 7 g Sugar; 11 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 33 mg Sodium; 12 mg Cholesterol

Lightened Up Recipe courtesy Bobby Deen

Original Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

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By Asad on October 05, 2010

I concurr with Diana D. I love the recipes, but my family eats very healthy. This is a great way to have Paula deen and eat it too!

By Sybil on July 02, 2010

I am so glad you are providing the lighter versions.  I love your mom, Paula but I need less calories and fat.  Do you have a light cookbook?

By Teresa Yarbor on April 29, 2010

Thanks Bobby for doing this for us who need to watch the cals. smile I love all of yall’s recipes, but I do need to cut back so I’m very excited to try these.
Merry Christmas!

By Diana D. Abel on December 09, 2009

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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