Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Here is a sweet but healthy way to tell someone you care: packed in a lunch box, or served on a fancy plate with a snifter, these flavorful treats are dairy-free, but long on flavor and pleasure.

This well-known vegan head-chef at the Native Foods Restaurant has come up with some sublimely healthy–but sinfully delicious–treats. In these fetching little cookies, for instance, dried cherries add healthful antioxidants! You can feel good about baking a batch for your loved ones.


2 cups unbleached or whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 cups organic sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup nondairy trans-fat-free margarine or vegetable shortening
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1/2 cup canned coconut milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup pecan or walnut pieces
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried sweet cherries (chopped if large)

1. Preheat oven to 300F. In a mixing bow, combine flour, baking soda, and sea salt.

2. In a separate bowl, cream sugar, maple syrup, margarine, oil, coconut milk, and vanilla. Gradually mix in dry ingredients. Stir in pecans, chocolate chips, and dried cherries.

3. Drop in spoonfuls on cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

Makes 3 dozen.

Adapted from The Native Foods Restaurant Cookbook, by Tanya Petrovna (Shambhala, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Tanya Petrovna. Reprinted by permission of Shambhala.
Adapted from The Native Foods Restaurant Cookbook, by Tanya Petrovna (Shambhala, 2003).

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Ajla C.
Past Member 2 years ago


Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey2 years ago

I would use white chocolate chips.

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Sounds yummy,thanks for sharing

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Mukesh R.
Mukesh Ramteke2 years ago


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton2 years ago

Sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago

I'm allergic to nuts anyway.

Philippa P.
Philippa P.5 years ago