Healthy Valentine’s Day Cookies

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! I still can’t believe we’re already this far into 2011.

This recipe is a good way for you and your valentine to satisfy your sweet tooth’s…without the guilt.

Positives about these cookies :

  • protein from the peanut butter and egg whites
  • natural sweetness from honey
  • fiber from the whole wheat flour and wheat germ
  • antioxidants from the dark chocolate

They only have approximately 84-96 calories per cookie (depending on just how many m&m’s you have in your cookie! :-D

1st batch of cookies pre-oven.

And this is how they came out of the oven…which are cute, but they tended to fall apart more easily.

So, I flattened them in my palm to make them look more like the traditional cookie.

Valentine’s Day Cookies

adapted from Hershey’s Classic Recipes cookbook

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Candies (I used the Valentine’s Day M&M’s)

How-To

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and prepare your baking sheets with either silpat mats, parchment paper, or non-stick foil (which ever you prefer to make clean up easy).
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour, wheat germ, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer (or in your stand mixer) beat the butter, peanut butter and honey together on medium speed until creamy (about 30 seconds).
  4. Beat in the egg whites and vanilla until fluffy.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients, beating until well blended.
  6. Stir in the chocolate candies.
  7. Drop the batter by the tablespoon, roll them in your hand to smooth them, flatten in your palm and place onto your cookie sheets.
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  9. Cool for about 3 minutes and transfer the cookies to a cooking rack.

Servings: 30 cookies

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20 comments

    1. :-D I know! Me too! Peanut butter: check! Chocolate: check! Cookies: check! Perfection: check! Packed with nutrition and love.

  1. your pics are beautiful! I just made something with M&Ms the other day too, but I was wondering how you prevented the candy coating from melting? or was this not an issue at all? jw! thanks! =)

  2. These cookies were absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for the recipe!
    I just wanted something healthy to make for my parents for Valentine’s Day and here I found it!
    Just barely got the last bag of dark chocolate M&M’s (Valentine’s Colors) :)

    1. That’s great! I’m so glad you made them! We’re they so tasty! Mmm…and I just love that M&M’s are making holiday colors in the dark chocolate M&M’s now. Those things are so good! :-) I hope your parents enjoy them as much as mine did! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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