Double Chocolate Almond Cookies

Double Chocolate Almond Cookies

Double chocolate almond cookies are so irresistibly good! Melted creamy chunks of orange scented dark chocolate are surrounded by a buttery chocolate almond cookie. This yummy cookie has an unforgettable taste that will have you wanting more!

 

Cookies that are made with pure ingredients and free of foods that are health depleting are the best treats to indulge in. These simple cookies have whole foods that your body can recognize and digest easily. My cookie recipe is free of refined white flour, white sugar, grains, and gluten.

 

I love to make desserts that don’t weigh me down or make me feel tired after eating them. I usually stick to eating lots of fresh fruits, chia seed puddings, and homemade ice creams and sorbets for dessert.

 

On the occasion that I want to make baked goods like cookies, pies, cakes, or cupcakes, I make them with almond; coconut; oat; buckwheat; or millet flours because these flours are nutrient-rich and gluten-free. Once you learn how to bake with these fantastic flours, you will never want to use bleached all purpose flour ever again.

 

Almond flour is one of my favorite flours for baking cookies because it creates a light cookie with a texture that is a cross between chewy and crispy. This texture is my ideal of the perfect cookie.

 

Today’s recipe uses almond flour, dark chocolate chunks, cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla, and organic pastured butter which adds amazing flavor to this cookie without the need for eggs or leavening agents like baking powder. You can also substitute creamy raw almond butter for the pastured butter for a dairy free version of this recipe.

 

Finely ground blanched almond flour is used in this recipe as a replacement for white all purpose flour. Blanched almond flour is made by soaking raw almonds in hot water to remove the skins.

 

The almonds are ground into fine almond flour that is a wonderful gluten-and-grain-free option for baking. Please don’t substitute coarse almond meal for blanched almond flour because it won’t yield the right texture in this recipe. Almond meal is usually coarse ground almonds that are ground with the skins still on them.

 

ALMONDS

Almonds are a fantastic source of protein, fiber, vitamin E, potassium, antioxidants, and heart healthy monounsaturated fat. Even though almonds are considered a nut, they are really not a true nut because they are the seed of the fruit that grows on almond trees. Technically it’s a drupe.

 

COCONUT SUGAR

Coconut sugar is a wonderful caramel flavored sugar that comes from the crystallized sap nectar that flows from the coconut blossom when coconut trees are tapped. Coconut sugar has 17 amino acids, key vitamins, minerals, and a glycemic index of 35. Coconut sugar is a great replacement for refined white sugar. I used Wholesome Sweeteners organic coconut sugar in this recipe.

 

PASTURED BUTTER

Organic pastured butter is a healthy fat that you should not be afraid to eat or use in your recipes. Pastured butter comes from cow’s that eat a natural diet of grass. This natural diet produces a delicious, golden butter that is rich in vitamin A, vitamin D, omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, and selenium.

For more information on the benefits of butter check out these two articles. If you don’t eat dairy you can try these cookies with raw almond butter.

 

DARK CHOCOLATE

Dark chocolate is high in enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, polyphenols, flavonoids, antioxidants, and soluble fiber. It’s particularly high in magnesium, iron, and chromium which are important nutrients for vibrant health.

 

Do you like cookies? What’s your favorite cookie? Are you eating gluten-free or grain-free? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment.

 

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Double Chocolate Almond Cookies

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Paleo, Primal, Lacto-Vegetarian

Makes around 2 dozen 2-inch cookies

½ cup organic unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)—at room temperature or ½ cup organic raw almond butter

½ cup organic coconut sugar, Sucanat, or Rapadura

3 tablespoons raw cacao powder or cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon unrefined sea salt

1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1¼ cups blanched almond flour

2 ounces dark chocolate with orange—chopped into small chunks*

 

 

1. Cream together room temperature butter or almond butter and sugar until smooth and light. Add cacao powder, sea salt, vanilla, and cinnamon and blend until well mixed.

2. Stir in almond flour and mix together until completely incorporated. Once everything is blended, add the chocolate chunks and stir to combine.

3. Place cookie dough on a sheet of parchment paper and pat into a circle. Fold parchment over dough and put in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour.

4. Once cookie dough is chilled, preheat oven to 300˚ F (150˚C), and position the rack in the middle of the oven. Place another sheet of parchment paper on top of dough and roll out dough into a ¼-inch thick circle. Cut with a 2-inch cookie cutter and place around 1-inch apart on a cookie sheet pan.

5. Bake cookies in the oven for around 18-20 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the cooking process. Cookies are done when they start to feel slightly firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing. Cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container for 2-3 days if they last that long!

*If you can’t find dark chocolate with orange feel free to use plain dark chocolate in the recipe.

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Thank you, Shelley, for this yummy and healthy recipe and information.

    I wonder whether coconut oil could be substituted for butter?

    Interesting fact on almonds being a ‘drupe’, I never heard that word before.

    Love and Light
    Yorinda
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  2. Michael Shook
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    Quite an amazing thing, Shelley. My wife and were just talking this morning about deserts and I was telling here how when I eat something made with wheat flour, it tastes like paste in my mouth and brings me all sorts of unpleasant feelings when I eat something made with wheat flour.

    And then, not 60 minutes later, here is this amazingly wonderful recipe for chocolate-orange cookies made all with ingredients that are perfect for me. Thank you very much for sahring this with us. 🙂
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  3. OH Shelley Now this is an AWESOME SOUNDING COOKIE!! YUMMY!! I could use 1 or 2 right now You have my mouth watering and I don’t have a cookie in the house.. Thanks for this amazing recipe I cannot wait to try it.. Chery 🙂
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  4. Until, that is, discovering the wonders of nut butter-based cookies and blanched almond flour . Now, I’d say grain-free baking is actually easier than preparing many traditional recipes!
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  5. Yes, thankfully, most of them are. I have successfully frozen cakes, muffins, cookies, scones, and even some almond flour crusts. I usually freeze after baking, although during the holidays, I froze some unbaked scones and then thawed them and baked them and they were wonderful! In general I would suggest freezing things unfrosted or unglazed, as the low carb glaze may change consistency with freezing.
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  6. Lynn Jones
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    Oh my, these cookies look delicious! And I like that they use good for you ingredients. Since the first of the year our family has been learning about Real Food and trying to eat that way. So this recipe is rather timely. Only problem is….I don’t have the ingredients! But I am going shopping today, hurray!
    Thank you! Chocolate and almonds…..what’s not to like!
    Lynn
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  7. Oh Wow.. They sound amazing!!, Will definitely be trying out this recipe!!
    Thank you!

    Kind Regards, Jessica.
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  8. Sounds delicious! Actually enjoying some almonds right now 🙂
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  9. Hi Shelley,

    I incorporated your ideas above for your almond cookie with just a plain cookie recipe I’ve always loved, I added some naughty choc chips and they were delicious 🙂 Not exactly as healthy as your cookies but still very yummy 🙂

    Thanks Shelley, Kindest Regards Jessica.
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  10. Shelly Barrett says:

    Thank you for this great recipe. I’ve been completely grain free 12 weeks now and have been dying for a chocolate cookie. Ill tell you why I quit wheat, corn, rice, etc. About three years ago I fell and hurt my knee and it just wasn’t healing right. About 18 months of believing what my doctor told me the swelling just wouldn’t subside. I thought it must be my diet. Then I cut out milk and corn but the pain still came and went. The doctor told me I had arthritis and offered me some pills for pain . I declined the offer because I’m scared of medicines. I cut our all grains and sugar three months ago. The swelling is completely gone, the pain is completely gone, and flexibility has returned 90%. It’s either the almonds doing it, the absence of sugar and grains , or the combination of both. I’m happy grain free but still want a good cookie. Thank you.

  11. They look great! And I bet they taste great as well! 🙂
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