Gluten-Free Chewy Chocolate Almond Cookie Recipe
I put my children in bed early last night (three cheers for kids who can’t tell time!) and sat down in my favorite stretchy pants to write an inspired post about New Years resolutions. I love the fresh start of a new year as much as anyone. Just thinking about it makes me want to write a to-do list, lace up my running shoes, toss out the last of the Christmas fudge, and re-organize my closet. And this is only day two!
So while I should be talking about 7 Ways to Clean your Baseboards! and 5 Tips to Lose Weight! I just can’t do it. Because back in December (you know, 2013?) I promised to bring you my other favorite chocolate cookie recipe. But then I came down with pneumonia, and my doctor said I needed to REST! Which means absolutely nothing to a mom with a herd of young children, but it did mean no more chocolate cookie posts for me.
And I can’t leave you good people hanging like that, even if you did just resolve to go to the gym five days a week and eat more broccoli on days ending with the letter y. My apologies, but pneumonia has no respect for these sorts of thing. So let those other blogs talk about detox diets and cleaning schedules. Today I am going to talk about cookies.
But not just any cookies. These sweet babies are chewy, chocolaty perfection. And I don’t follow a gluten-free diet, so it’s not like they taste like sawdust but I’m saying they taste good because it’s all I can eat. I have options, and I would still choose these cookies any day of the week. Every time I serve them, they receive rave reviews and recipe requests.
The recipe is simple, only five ingredients long, featuring almond flour and melted chocolate. I buy my almond flour at Costco ($6.26/lb.) or from the Winco bulk bins. You could also grind your own almond meal. In fact, my sister makes her own almond milk, and the leftover ground almonds would be perfect for this recipe. Cookies and milk! Resist the urge to eat the dough, which may or may not taste like the inside of a rich chocolate truffle, because the end result is worth the wait.
So hop on that treadmill! Cut back on sugar! Save this recipe and make it in two weeks when you are craving something simple and sweet.
Chewy Chocolate Almond Cookies
Recipe adapted from Tasty Kitchen
Makes about 3 dozen
2 1/2 c. (16 oz.) chocolate chips (semi-sweet or bittersweet)
6 T. butter, softened
2/3 c. sugar, plus more for rolling
1 1/2 c. almond flour/meal (or finely ground almonds)
- Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until smooth and shiny, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir butter into the chocolate until melted.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs and add the sugar. Continue beating until egg mixture is light. Gently add the chocolate-butter mixture; stir until combined. Add ground almonds, combining well. Cover and refrigerate several hours, until the dough is firm.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Form the dough into 1-inch balls and roll in a bowl of granulated sugar. Place on lined baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes (cookies should be slightly crackly and set in the middle).
If you use a bunch of almond flour, this 5-lb. bag of Anthony’s Almonds Blanched Almond Flour (Amazon) is a decent price at $7.40/lb.
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