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Almond Cherry Bites

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From EatingWell:  November/December 2009

Dried cherries, ground almonds and a drizzle of chocolate make these cookies festive for the holidays.

15 cookies | Active Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grind almonds and sugar in a food processor to desired texture: a coarser texture will give you small almond pieces in the cookie; a fine grind will give great almond flavor without any crunch from the almonds. (Be careful to not overgrind: you will get almond paste.) Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add cherries and flour; mix to combine.
  3. Add oil, egg white and vanilla and almond extracts; mix with a wooden spoon until well incorporated.
  4. Shape the dough into walnut-size balls with your hands or a small cookie scoop (about 1 rounded tablespoon each) and place 1 1/2 inches apart on a large, ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake until the bottoms are golden (the top will stay white), 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Melt chocolate (see Tip) and drizzle or pipe onto each cooled cookie, if desired. Let stand until the chocolate sets.

Nutrition

Per cookie : 101 Calories; 4 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 2 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 15 g Carbohydrates; 2 g Protein; 1 g Fiber; 4 mg Sodium; 15 mg Potassium

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Tips & Notes