Bobby’s Lighter White Chocolate Cherry Chunkies

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Bobby’s Lighter White Chocolate Cherry Chunkies

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

Bobby Deen is the younger son of celebrity chef Paula Deen. Like older brother Jamie, the Savannah resident has helped shape the Deen media empire with a series of highly successful commercial collaborations, ranging from three best selling cookbooks to the series Road Tasted on the Food Network and the award winning Lady and Sons Restaurant in Savannah. On a personal side, he was also named one of People Magazine’s Most Eligible Bachelors in 2007.

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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.
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By Diana D. Abel on December 09, 2009

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