Secret Recipe Club

Y’all…time for another Secret Recipe Club reveal.

Get pumped.

It’s Monday.

This should be the best day of your life.

Especially because I am sharing a cookie recipe. No, but really…

it’s only awesome because it comes from Julie, the amazing mother of two, and powerful voice behind White Lights on Wednesday.

I was super pumped (note to self: must find a better word for pumped) to receive Julie’s blog for my secret recipe reveal.

I love discovering new to me blogs, especially when the writer and I are complete and total opposites.

It really gives me a different perspective on life.

As I was reading Julie’s blog, I noticed that we share a common interest, a love for cookies…and chocolate chips!

While all the recipes on Julie’s site looked absolutely scrumptious, you know I just had to make myself some cookies.

Not just any cookies, Julie’s Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies.

It started w/ a bowl of good stuff.


You know I health-ified these cookies, and made them vegan, gf, paleo, and refined sugar free.


Instead of dried cranberries I added dried cherries because duh


it’s summer.

Oh, and I loooooooove cherries.


Like ALOT!


It’s that whole tart thing they have going on.


Combined w/ those ooey, gooey, chocolate chips.


Winner, winner


cookie dinner.

Not only are these cookies absolutely mouthwatering but the cookie dough


is out of this world!


I started to make actual cookies, then I started eating that dough so fast that I decided to just throw it all in a pan and make


cookie bars.

It also might* of had something to do with being too lazy to scoop out dough balls and place them on the cookie sheet.


Just maybe.

But seriously.

Y’all…these bars of super buttery, with a nutty flavor from the almond butter, and a consistency of a pecan sandie cookie. You know which ones I’m talking about…think Keebler elves.


Also, I will be in Los Angeles for one week starting on Tuesday for a work function…please let me know of any awesome restaurants/cafes/etc. that have gluten-free, vegan, and/or paleo meals/drinks.

That would be totally amazing!


5.0 from 1 reviews
Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies, Bars
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 12
A deliciously buttery cookie or cookie bar stuffed w/ two kinds of chocolate and sweet, tart, dried cherries. If you can't find vegan chocolate, try using an intense dark chocolate w/ no milk in the ingredients. Vegan, gluten-free, paleo, refined sugar-free. Makes about 26 cookies, 12 bars.
  • 1 c. almond flour
  • ⅓ c. coconut flour
  • ½ t. fine sea salt
  • ½ t. baking powder
  • ¾ t. baking soda
  • ½ c. unsalted, unsweetened, almond butter
  • ¼ c. melted coconut oil
  • ⅓ c. raw coconut sugar (or pure Maple syrup)
  • 1 c. sweetened, dried cherries
  • ½ c. vegan dark chocolate chunks, roughly chopped
  • ½ c. vegan chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or if wanting to make bars, grease an 8x8 in. square baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the almond flour through the baking soda.
  4. Mix in the almond butter, coconut oil, and sugar until a dough begins to form.
  5. Fold in the dried cherries, then fold in the chocolate.
  6. If making cookies, scoop the cookie dough by rounded tablespoons into you hands and roll into a ball. Place the cookie dough on the sheet and gently flatten using the palm of your hand. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden.
  7. If making bars, pour the dough into the baking dish and press evenly into the dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden brown.
  8. Let cool slightly, then cut into even squares if making bars.
  9. Serve with a big glass of cold almond milk.

Nutritional Facts: (per cookie: 1/26): Calories: 144, Total Fat: 9.7g (Saturated Fat: 2.5g), Sodium: 6.5mg, Potassium: 71.4mg, Total Carb: 14.4g, Dietary Fiber: 1.7g, Sugars: 9.8g, Protein: 1.9g

Nutritional Facts: (per cookie bar: 1/12th of recipe): Calories: 312, Total Fat: 21g (Saturated: 5.4g), Sodium: 14.1mg, Potassium: 154.7mg, Total Carb: 31.2g, Dietary Fiber: 3.8g, Sugars: 21.3g, Protein: 4.2g




  1. These look amazing!

  2. Girl! we are kindred spirits. I love that you health-ified that recipe! Awesome!!
    Following your blog now! India 🙂

  3. Oooh these look like trouble…in the best kind of way!

  4. Those are SO melty and delicious looking!

  5. Yum- I love cranberries in anything. These look great!

  6. Hi, Chelsy! These cookies are making me salivate… I love the combination of chocolate and cherries.

  7. i love making bar cookies and these sound healthy and yummy!

  8. Cranberries and chocolate make a great combination. Perhaps that is why your cookies look so good!

  9. If it has cherries + chocolate, I am making it! I wish I had a plate of these right now 🙂

  10. Hi Chelsy! I’m so behind in getting through everyone’s recipes for this round of SRC, but I had to let you know I LOVE the spin you put on these cookies. The cherry and chocolate combo sounds fabulous! It’s fun to see a cookie recipe all healthified and I’m so with you on the bars for easiness idea. Thanks so much for showing me a great new twist on a recipe we loved. I can’t wait to share this with my readers.

    • Chelsy says:

      Julie! I just got back from a work trip and have been super busy so I got ya on being behind 😉 I love your blog and will be a life long follower! You have so many delicious recipes!

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