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Cranberry Almond Macaroons Recipe

Cranberry Almond Macaroons Recipe

You'll relish this guilt-free take on a classic cookie, enhanced with cranberries and luscious dark chocolate. “My son is diabetic, and he loves these,” says Ramona Cornell of Levittown, New York. “A co-worker calls them 'a piece of coconut heaven'.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling YIELD:11 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted

Directions

  • 1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add extract; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar substitute on high until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold in the coconut, cranberries and almonds.
  • 2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 10-15 minutes or until set. Cool for 15 minutes before carefully removing from pan to a wire rack.
  • 3. Spread about 1 teaspoon melted chocolate on the bottom of each cookie. Place on waxed paper with chocolate side up; let stand until set. Yield: 11 cookies.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda no-calorie sweetener.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 91 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 33 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.