This healthy chocolate cookie recipe makes thin, sugar-kissed cookies flavored with dried cranberries and hazelnuts. The cookies are drizzled with homemade natural red icing, but if you prefer white icing, omit the natural red dye.


Recipe Summary

3 hrs

Nutrition Profile:



Cookie Dough
Natural Red Icing Drizzle


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare cookies: Grind chocolate in a food processor using on/off pulses until coarsely ground. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add cocoa, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt; stir until blended. With an electric mixer on low, then medium speed, add eggs, then honey, oil and vanilla and beat until combined. Beat in all-purpose and whole-wheat flour, then cranberries and nuts until thoroughly incorporated. (The dough will be stiff.)

  • Divide the dough into quarters. Roll each quarter into a 9-inch-long "log." Divide the log into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Place on a prepared baking sheet and refrigerate until very cold, about 1 hour.

  • Position a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.

  • Place the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar on a small plate. One at a time, dip the top of each ball of dough into the sugar; place, sugar-side up, about 2 1/2 inches apart on another prepared baking sheet. Coat the bottom of a wide glass with cooking spray, then dip it into the sugar. Flatten the balls with the glass to make cookies about 2 1/4 inches in diameter, dipping the glass into the sugar between cookies and spraying it as needed.

  • Bake the cookies on the center rack, one pan at a time, until just firm to the touch, 8 to 13 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool.

  • To prepare icing & decorate cookies: Stir together confectioners' sugar and dried egg whites in a small bowl. Stir in corn syrup, vanilla (or almond) extract and a few drops of red dye to create the desired color. Add a little more water if necessary to achieve a thin consistency for drizzling. Spoon the icing into a small plastic bag with a tiny tip of one corner snipped off. Drizzle over the cooled cookies. Or dip a fork into the icing and quickly wave it over the cookies. Let stand until the icing sets before storing the cookies.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the cookie dough for up to 1 day. Store baked cookies airtight in a single layer for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

White whole-wheat flour is made from a special variety of white wheat that is lighter in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. It is available at large supermarkets and natural-foods stores and online at or Store it in the freezer.

Pasteurized dried egg whites are a wise choice in recipes that call for uncooked egg whites, like icings or meringues. Look for brands like Just Whites in the baking or natural-foods section of most supermarkets. Reconstitute according to package directions or use according to the recipe.

Find red and other natural liquid dyes plus a rainbow of already-dyed decorating sugars at

Nutrition Facts

2-inch cookie
75 calories; protein 1.4g; carbohydrates 11.5g; dietary fiber 1.1g; sugars 6.7g; fat 3.3g; saturated fat 0.9g; cholesterol 7.8mg; vitamin a iu 11.6IU; vitamin c 0.1mg; folate 11.2mcg; calcium 17.6mg; iron 0.8mg; magnesium 13.7mg; potassium 51.9mg; sodium 36.2mg; added sugar 7g.

1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat