Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe from Bob’s Red Mill
Husband-Tested in Alice’s Kitchen
Makes 25-28 cookies

Well, it was a lovely early spring day and my husband and I spent quite a bit of it outside.  He was working on the tractor in our woods and it got stuck in the muddy mire between two unmovable trees.  We exhausted our solutions to get it out, and so, we did what people do; we called our friends for help.  They came running with wenches, come-alongs, chains, know-how, and a truck full of dogs.  So, while they worked to get the tractor out, I went to work to make them a little treat.  The recipe for these delicious cookies was on the bag of almond flour/meal.  They are sweetened only with a bit of maple syrup. They had a yummy almond, chocolate and a hint of coconut flavor. The cookies took less than 10 minutes to prep the ingredients and just 15 minutes in the oven.  I boiled up some water for hot tea to go with and by the time the water boiled and the tea steeped, the first batch was done.  I packed it all up on a tray and headed for the woods.  Great friends, great cookies! (Thanks Andy, Linda and Tom!)
3 cups Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour (This is gluten free!)
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup maple syrup
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup toasted sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 375F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Combine almond meal, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.  Mix coconut oil and maple syrup in a mixer until creamy but not fully incorporated, about 5 minutes.  Add whole egg, egg whites and vanilla extract; mix for 2 more minutes.  Slowly add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and mix for 1 minute.  Add the chocolate chips and toasted almonds and mix until well combined.  Place large rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.  Flatten slightly, to 1-inch thickness. (I forgot to do this and they turned out nicely.) Bake until set and golden, about 15 minutes. 

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