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No-Bake Cabernet-Cherry-Chocolate Cookies That Are Almost Healthy

No-Bake Cabernet-Cherry-Chocolate Cookies That Are Almost Healthy

You're probably going to need some wine this Valentine's Day, whether you're in a relationship or not, so why not bake with it? Plus, this cherry chocolate cookie recipe doesn't involve the oven at all, which means you don't have to feel like you'll get sick from eating the raw dough before cooking it.

Created by Justin Warner, the chef and co-owner of Do or Dine and the season eight winner of The Next Food Network Star, these little desserts can be eaten with a group of friends or with that special someone. "I'm completely obsessed with no-bake cookies. I love that they can be borderline savory, and dangerously close to healthy," says Warner. "Integrating Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet-stewed cherries in to the mix seems like just the right amount of indulgence."

Besides, they're almost good for you, so the calories don't count.

Cabernet-Cherry-Chocolate Almost Healthy No-Bake Cookies

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yields: 24 cookies
Pair alongside: Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 12 ounces granola
  • 11 1/2 ounces milk chocolate morsels
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions: In a small sauce pan, over medium heat, cook the wine and cherries until the cherries soak up a lot of the wine, 6-10 minutes. Be very careful, as the wine-cherries mix can ignite. Just relax and don't put your face over the pot.

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the cherry mixture, granola, salt and morsels. Stir until evenly dispersed.

Microwave at half power in one minute intervals, stirring between intervals, until the chocolate is melted and the whole kit is gooey and you want to eat it with a spoon. This shouldn't take more than 2-3 minutes if the cherry-wine combo was still hot when you added it.

Using gloved hands, form the mix into cookie shapes, and place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Pour a glass of Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon.

Devour cookies.

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No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies are a breeze to make and almost impossible to mess up! They are the perfect cookie if you aren't the most confident in the kitchen, but still so delicious that everyone will think you're a true master chef. You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. These are gluten-free friendly too! Just make sure the oats you use are certified gluten-free!

Add the oats the right way.

It's easy to dump the entire amount of oats in at once, but for the best cookies add the oats a cup at a time. I love them a little softer so I sometimes add a little less oats, but if you want a heartier more oat filled cookie, then add more oats. Stop adding oats when the mixture looks good. It won't change too much while drying so you'll have a good sense of what they will be like before scooping all of them out.

Don't boil for too long.

It's important to bring the mixture to a boil to make sure everything melts together well, but all it needs is a minute. Letting it boil for too long will cause the cookie to be grainy and no one wants a grainy cookie.

How long will these keep?

Hands down the best part about these cookies is that they stay good for dayssss. My family calls them "road trip" cookies. We would make them for every family vacation and they would stay good for the whole trip and were the perfect snack while driving cross-country! Nostalgia at its finest.


No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies are a breeze to make and almost impossible to mess up! They are the perfect cookie if you aren't the most confident in the kitchen, but still so delicious that everyone will think you're a true master chef. You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. These are gluten-free friendly too! Just make sure the oats you use are certified gluten-free!

Add the oats the right way.

It's easy to dump the entire amount of oats in at once, but for the best cookies add the oats a cup at a time. I love them a little softer so I sometimes add a little less oats, but if you want a heartier more oat filled cookie, then add more oats. Stop adding oats when the mixture looks good. It won't change too much while drying so you'll have a good sense of what they will be like before scooping all of them out.

Don't boil for too long.

It's important to bring the mixture to a boil to make sure everything melts together well, but all it needs is a minute. Letting it boil for too long will cause the cookie to be grainy and no one wants a grainy cookie.

How long will these keep?

Hands down the best part about these cookies is that they stay good for dayssss. My family calls them "road trip" cookies. We would make them for every family vacation and they would stay good for the whole trip and were the perfect snack while driving cross-country! Nostalgia at its finest.


No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies are a breeze to make and almost impossible to mess up! They are the perfect cookie if you aren't the most confident in the kitchen, but still so delicious that everyone will think you're a true master chef. You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. These are gluten-free friendly too! Just make sure the oats you use are certified gluten-free!

Add the oats the right way.

It's easy to dump the entire amount of oats in at once, but for the best cookies add the oats a cup at a time. I love them a little softer so I sometimes add a little less oats, but if you want a heartier more oat filled cookie, then add more oats. Stop adding oats when the mixture looks good. It won't change too much while drying so you'll have a good sense of what they will be like before scooping all of them out.

Don't boil for too long.

It's important to bring the mixture to a boil to make sure everything melts together well, but all it needs is a minute. Letting it boil for too long will cause the cookie to be grainy and no one wants a grainy cookie.

How long will these keep?

Hands down the best part about these cookies is that they stay good for dayssss. My family calls them "road trip" cookies. We would make them for every family vacation and they would stay good for the whole trip and were the perfect snack while driving cross-country! Nostalgia at its finest.


No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies are a breeze to make and almost impossible to mess up! They are the perfect cookie if you aren't the most confident in the kitchen, but still so delicious that everyone will think you're a true master chef. You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. These are gluten-free friendly too! Just make sure the oats you use are certified gluten-free!

Add the oats the right way.

It's easy to dump the entire amount of oats in at once, but for the best cookies add the oats a cup at a time. I love them a little softer so I sometimes add a little less oats, but if you want a heartier more oat filled cookie, then add more oats. Stop adding oats when the mixture looks good. It won't change too much while drying so you'll have a good sense of what they will be like before scooping all of them out.

Don't boil for too long.

It's important to bring the mixture to a boil to make sure everything melts together well, but all it needs is a minute. Letting it boil for too long will cause the cookie to be grainy and no one wants a grainy cookie.

How long will these keep?

Hands down the best part about these cookies is that they stay good for dayssss. My family calls them "road trip" cookies. We would make them for every family vacation and they would stay good for the whole trip and were the perfect snack while driving cross-country! Nostalgia at its finest.


No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies are a breeze to make and almost impossible to mess up! They are the perfect cookie if you aren't the most confident in the kitchen, but still so delicious that everyone will think you're a true master chef. You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. These are gluten-free friendly too! Just make sure the oats you use are certified gluten-free!

Add the oats the right way.

It's easy to dump the entire amount of oats in at once, but for the best cookies add the oats a cup at a time. I love them a little softer so I sometimes add a little less oats, but if you want a heartier more oat filled cookie, then add more oats. Stop adding oats when the mixture looks good. It won't change too much while drying so you'll have a good sense of what they will be like before scooping all of them out.

Don't boil for too long.

It's important to bring the mixture to a boil to make sure everything melts together well, but all it needs is a minute. Letting it boil for too long will cause the cookie to be grainy and no one wants a grainy cookie.

How long will these keep?

Hands down the best part about these cookies is that they stay good for dayssss. My family calls them "road trip" cookies. We would make them for every family vacation and they would stay good for the whole trip and were the perfect snack while driving cross-country! Nostalgia at its finest.


No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies are a breeze to make and almost impossible to mess up! They are the perfect cookie if you aren't the most confident in the kitchen, but still so delicious that everyone will think you're a true master chef. You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. These are gluten-free friendly too! Just make sure the oats you use are certified gluten-free!

Add the oats the right way.

It's easy to dump the entire amount of oats in at once, but for the best cookies add the oats a cup at a time. I love them a little softer so I sometimes add a little less oats, but if you want a heartier more oat filled cookie, then add more oats. Stop adding oats when the mixture looks good. It won't change too much while drying so you'll have a good sense of what they will be like before scooping all of them out.

Don't boil for too long.

It's important to bring the mixture to a boil to make sure everything melts together well, but all it needs is a minute. Letting it boil for too long will cause the cookie to be grainy and no one wants a grainy cookie.

How long will these keep?

Hands down the best part about these cookies is that they stay good for dayssss. My family calls them "road trip" cookies. We would make them for every family vacation and they would stay good for the whole trip and were the perfect snack while driving cross-country! Nostalgia at its finest.


No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies are a breeze to make and almost impossible to mess up! They are the perfect cookie if you aren't the most confident in the kitchen, but still so delicious that everyone will think you're a true master chef. You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. These are gluten-free friendly too! Just make sure the oats you use are certified gluten-free!

Add the oats the right way.

It's easy to dump the entire amount of oats in at once, but for the best cookies add the oats a cup at a time. I love them a little softer so I sometimes add a little less oats, but if you want a heartier more oat filled cookie, then add more oats. Stop adding oats when the mixture looks good. It won't change too much while drying so you'll have a good sense of what they will be like before scooping all of them out.

Don't boil for too long.

It's important to bring the mixture to a boil to make sure everything melts together well, but all it needs is a minute. Letting it boil for too long will cause the cookie to be grainy and no one wants a grainy cookie.

How long will these keep?

Hands down the best part about these cookies is that they stay good for dayssss. My family calls them "road trip" cookies. We would make them for every family vacation and they would stay good for the whole trip and were the perfect snack while driving cross-country! Nostalgia at its finest.


No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies are a breeze to make and almost impossible to mess up! They are the perfect cookie if you aren't the most confident in the kitchen, but still so delicious that everyone will think you're a true master chef. You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. These are gluten-free friendly too! Just make sure the oats you use are certified gluten-free!

Add the oats the right way.

It's easy to dump the entire amount of oats in at once, but for the best cookies add the oats a cup at a time. I love them a little softer so I sometimes add a little less oats, but if you want a heartier more oat filled cookie, then add more oats. Stop adding oats when the mixture looks good. It won't change too much while drying so you'll have a good sense of what they will be like before scooping all of them out.

Don't boil for too long.

It's important to bring the mixture to a boil to make sure everything melts together well, but all it needs is a minute. Letting it boil for too long will cause the cookie to be grainy and no one wants a grainy cookie.

How long will these keep?

Hands down the best part about these cookies is that they stay good for dayssss. My family calls them "road trip" cookies. We would make them for every family vacation and they would stay good for the whole trip and were the perfect snack while driving cross-country! Nostalgia at its finest.


No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies are a breeze to make and almost impossible to mess up! They are the perfect cookie if you aren't the most confident in the kitchen, but still so delicious that everyone will think you're a true master chef. You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. These are gluten-free friendly too! Just make sure the oats you use are certified gluten-free!

Add the oats the right way.

It's easy to dump the entire amount of oats in at once, but for the best cookies add the oats a cup at a time. I love them a little softer so I sometimes add a little less oats, but if you want a heartier more oat filled cookie, then add more oats. Stop adding oats when the mixture looks good. It won't change too much while drying so you'll have a good sense of what they will be like before scooping all of them out.

Don't boil for too long.

It's important to bring the mixture to a boil to make sure everything melts together well, but all it needs is a minute. Letting it boil for too long will cause the cookie to be grainy and no one wants a grainy cookie.

How long will these keep?

Hands down the best part about these cookies is that they stay good for dayssss. My family calls them "road trip" cookies. We would make them for every family vacation and they would stay good for the whole trip and were the perfect snack while driving cross-country! Nostalgia at its finest.


No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies are a breeze to make and almost impossible to mess up! They are the perfect cookie if you aren't the most confident in the kitchen, but still so delicious that everyone will think you're a true master chef. You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. These are gluten-free friendly too! Just make sure the oats you use are certified gluten-free!

Add the oats the right way.

It's easy to dump the entire amount of oats in at once, but for the best cookies add the oats a cup at a time. I love them a little softer so I sometimes add a little less oats, but if you want a heartier more oat filled cookie, then add more oats. Stop adding oats when the mixture looks good. It won't change too much while drying so you'll have a good sense of what they will be like before scooping all of them out.

Don't boil for too long.

It's important to bring the mixture to a boil to make sure everything melts together well, but all it needs is a minute. Letting it boil for too long will cause the cookie to be grainy and no one wants a grainy cookie.

How long will these keep?

Hands down the best part about these cookies is that they stay good for dayssss. My family calls them "road trip" cookies. We would make them for every family vacation and they would stay good for the whole trip and were the perfect snack while driving cross-country! Nostalgia at its finest.