Cooking with Wine

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My Mom had this saying, which she always found hilarious, though she never drank.  I’m sure you’ve heard it…

So in honor of the little meme that makes my Mother giggle,  today I cooked with wine – and restrained myself from sipping straight from the bottle. 

The cookies I chose to make combined my favorite red wine pairings – dark chocolate and dried cherries.  These cookies were healhified per my usual means and turned out delicious.  They can not only be considered heart healthy from the antioxidants found in the red wine, cherries and chocolate but they’re also low-cal and low-fat.  Very diet friendly!

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If you’re in the mood for a treat and have some excess red wine to use up, I highly suggest this recipe!

Chocolate Cherry Wine-o Cookies

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Smart Balance butter
  • 1/4 cup Chobani 0% plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried tart cherries
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip minis

Preheat oven to 375°.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until well blended.

Add vanilla, wine and egg; beat well. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture. Beat just until combined.

Fold in cherries and chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoonful 2 inches apart onto nonstick baking sheets.

Bake at 375° for 8 minutes or just until set. Remove from oven; cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

Yields: 38 cookies
Serving Size: 1 cookie
76 calories, 1.45g fat, 14.5g carbs, 8.7g sugar, 1.18g protein
http://www.livestrong.com/recipes/chocolate-cherry-cookies-3/


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