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Good-For-You: Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Super healthy chef Christina Pirello’s  good-for-you chocolate chunk cookies. She was my special guest this week on Food for Thought on If you missed the show, please check it out on the Variety Channel, Tuesday at 5pm Eastern, you’ll see the show archived in the right hand column.


1 stick Earth Balance or 8 tablespoons, softened

½ cup brown rice syrup

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

Pinch sea salt

Generous pinch ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 bar dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

½ cup coarsely chopped pecans or other nuts

Preheat oven to 35o degrees F. and line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

Place Earth Balance, rice syrup and vanilla in a mixing bowl and whip until creamy. Add flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder and soda. Mix by hand to create a soft dough. Fold in chocolate and nuts.

Using a spoon, place cookies on baking sheet leaving space between then for spreading. You will get about 12 to a tray. Press lightly on the cookie with your fingers to flatten them slightly.

Bake for 18 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 24-30 cookies

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