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Almond Meal Everything Cookies

March 3, 2013


I think it’s safe to say that breakfast cookies, however you want to define them, have become a thing over the past couple years. Go into any grocery store or gas station and chances are you can get your hands on a cookie that’s billed as being an acceptable form of breakfast. I like cookies and I love breakfast, but I’ve never really been a fan of breakfast cookies mainly because they are usually not all that more healthy than a regular cookie. Sure, they might have some oatmeal or granola thrown into the batter, but adding oatmeal to dessert does not a breakfast make.

Also: granola bars. Most of them fall into the same category as breakfast cookies. Billed as healthy, nutritious snacks but usually just filled with scary ingredients. Case in point? I was studying the label of a granola bar the other day only to notice that the second ingredient was sugar and the third was corn syrup. Yum?

These cookies are my answer to breakfast cookies and granola bars all at once. Inspired by this almond flour cookie recipe from The Minimalist Baker, these cookies are completely grain-free, low in sugar and packed with protein from the almond flour, sesame seeds and almond butter. But don’t let the healthy ingredients fool you. They are also completely delicious.


A few recipe notes:
-When making the cookies, the dough may feel a little soft, oily or struggle to hold together. Don’t be alarmed since this is totally normal. That’s where the refrigeration of the dough before baking comes into play.
-The cookies do not spread out since they are of the slice and bake variety.
-Cooling the cookies completely on the baking sheet and then allowing them to cool completely on a wire rack before eating is important. The cookies will be crumbly if you don’t follow this step.
-These cookies store well in a zip top bag or storage container and stay chewy for a couple days following baking. I would imagine that they would freeze well, too, but I haven’t tried it.

Happy Baking!

Almond Meal Everything Cookies
Makes 8 to 12 cookies
*1 1/4 cups almond meal
*1/4 cup sesame seeds
*1/4 cup unsweetened flake coconut (can use sweetened if you can’t find unsweetened)
*1/4 cup chocolate chips
*3 tablespoons ground flax seeds
*1/3 cup brown sugar
*1 tablespoon chia seeds
*3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
*1 large egg, lightly beaten
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*Heaping tablespoon almond butter

*Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
*In a large bowl, combine the almond meal, sesame seeds, coconut, chocolate chips, flax, brown sugar and chia. Stir to combine.
*In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, egg, vanilla extract and almond butter until smooth. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
*Roll dough into a log about 8 inches long (dough will be slightly hard to keep together) and wrap the log in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.
*Cut refrigerated dough into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. This is important that you allow them to cool completely or they will be crumbly when you try to eat them. Store cookies in a plastic container.

Happy Baking!

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

April 13, 2012

A couple weeks ago, a co-worker of mine (Hi, Janet!) brought in an assortment of cookies. Usually, I try to avoid the baked goods at work, since it seems like there is always something you could munch on, but for some reason those cookies were calling my name. I couldn’t resist.

I ate one. Oohed and aahhed my way through the entire thing. Then took another cookie home to share with Joe. Oh course, he was equally impressed, which meant I needed to get the recipe from Janet.

Here’s the thing about these cookies: they sort of taste like they are from a package – in a really good way. Do any of you remember those Chips Ahoy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies? I used to eat them in high school without shame. And these cookies taste like a much better version of them.

So what’s the secret?

Crisco and margarine. A little cringe-worthy if you ask me, but since these cookies taste so good, I’m willing to overlook it just this once. And I have a feeling you will, too.

Happy Friday, all!

P.S. – It’s not too late to enter the Keep It Sweet Desserts Giveaway. You can enter until 10 p.m. Sunday night. Winner will be announced on Monday.

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
*2/3 cup Crisco
*1 1/2 sticks margarine
*1 cup brown sugar
*1 cup granulated sugar
*2 large eggs
*2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*1 teaspoon baking soda
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
*1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

*Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside .
*With an electric mixer, cream together the crisco and margarine for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Add in the sugars and beat another 1 to 2 minutes until mixture is light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until just incorporated. Beat in the vanilla.
*In a bowl, mix together the baking soda, salt and flour. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beating until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
*Form dough into cookies with heaping tablespoons. Roll between your hands to form a smooth ball. Flatten each ball just slightly with the back of your hand.
*Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes. The tops of the cookies should still be slightly glossy and soft looking. Allow cookies to rest on the baking sheet for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Happy Baking!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

December 5, 2011
Now that we have officially entered the month of December, I feel like I can post cookie recipes nonstop without shame. Growing up, cookie baking was a huge deal in my house during the weeks leading up to Christmas. My mom and I would scour our favorite cookbooks looking for the perfect combination of recipes. Once said recipes were chosen, we spent an entire day baking and making a mess. Usually I would bake and my mom would clean. Quite the system if I say so myself. 
Although our cookie baking has scaled down slightly in the past few years, there is still nothing I love more at Christmastime than baking. Partly because it’s tradition and partly because it’s delicious!
These cookies are a new addition to the holiday cookie collection I’ve spent years cultivating. I’ll be sharing a few of our families favorites in the weeks to come, but it’s kinda fun starting with something new. Chewy and brownie-like, these cookies are perfect for the real chocolate-lovers out there. They are unbelievably easy to pull together and stack well, which is important if you’re planning on shipping off cookies to loved ones across the country. 

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Recipe from 
*4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
*1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
*2 cups all-purpose flour
*2 teaspoons baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
*2 cup granulated sugar
*2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*4 large eggs
*1 cup powdered sugar
*Place the chocolate and oil in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
*Stir together the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir together until well combined. Set aside.
*Place the sugar and the chocolate-oil mixture in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 1 to 2 minutes until well combined. Add in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating to incorporate after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Mixture will be soft. 
*On low speed, beat in the flour mixture until just combined. Refrigerate dough for at least two hours or overnight. 
*Preheat oven to 350°F. Scoop tablespoon-sized balls of cookie dough into parchment-lined baking sheets or baking sheets lined with a silicone baking mats. Roll balls in powdered sugar. Flatten balls slightly with the palm of your hand. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes (10 for chewier cookies and 13 for cookies with a crispier edge). Cool slightly on the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack. 
Happy Baking!

Toasted Pecan Shortbread

November 28, 2011

Nothing like getting a jump on December cooking making, right? I was sitting on the couch with some of my cookbooks last week when I stumbled upon a shortbread recipe in Gourmet Today. There wasn’t anything different about the recipe. In fact, it was pretty simple. Straightforward and to the point is how I like my recipes.

What really got me hooked on the idea of making this shortbread was the idea that it could be a blank canvas for almost any holiday flavor my heart desired. So instead of leaving it plain, as the recipe suggested, I tossed some chopped pecans with ground cinnamon and salt for a little play on the sweet and salty.

When this cookie first came out of the oven, before I cut it into wedges, Joey was quite skeptical. However, after serving one up with a glass of milk, he was a believer. Upon first bite, he demanded they make an appearance on the blog as well as at family Christmas.

Toasted Pecan Shortbread
Recipe adapted from Gourmet Today

*1/2 cup pecan halves, chopped
*1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1 stick unsalted butter, softened
*1/3 cup sugar
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1 cup all-purpose flour

*Preheat oven to 350°F. Line one baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
*In a small bowl combine the pecans, cinnamon and salt. Toss together to coat. Spread nuts on an ungreased baking pan and toast in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, until pecans are fragrant and lightly browned. Remove from oven to cool.
*Meanwhile, combine the butter, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy. Add in the flour and worth together with your hands until evenly incorporated. Mixture will be slightly crumbly. Transfer dough onto prepared baking sheet and press mixture into a disc about 6 to 8 inches in diameter. Spread the toasted nut mixture atop the dough and press lightly with your hands to get the nuts to adhere to the dough.
*Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are slightly browned and the dough is puffed up. Cool on wire rack. Cut cooled cookie into wedges to serve. Makes 6 to 8 servings

Happy Baking!

Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies

November 3, 2011

Is it just me, or has it been too long since I posted a new cookie recipe? Truth be told, most baking and elaborate cooking endeavors have taken a back seat to other, more pressing maters. Between filming and traveling for “Hey, Can You Cook?! All-Stars”, keeping up with work responsibilities, traveling to catch football games and meeting our new little nephew, and spending a little bit of time Joe, too, time has been short.

But I know that despite the craziness that has been the last month, there are a lot of wonderful things going on right now. I feel blessed to be where I am, surrounded by my amazing support system, and energized by the new experiences that are pushing me way out of my comfort zone.

As we enter into November, the month of thanks, I hope you will all consider taking time out of every day to reflect on something you are thankful for. If you’re on Twitter, take a cue from Tina’s post over at Carrots ‘N’ Cake and take part in Tweeting what you are thankful for with the hash tag #bethankfulchallenge. It’s a great way to see what others are thankful for and get you in the right frame of mind amid the craziness of the day-to-day.

Right now, I’m thankful to be home. And for these cookies. Because they are super tasty, chewy and perfect for keeping warm as the weather gets cooler.

Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies
*1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
*1/2 teaspoon baking soda
*4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
*1/2 cup sugar
*1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
*1 large egg
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1/2 cup peanut butter chips
*1/2 cup toffee bits (Heath Bar bits)

*Place racks in the middle and lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

*Sift together the flour and baking soda and set aside. 
*In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. 
*Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the sugar, brown sugar, salt and creamy peanut butter. Continue creaming the mixture on medium speed until it is smooth and lump-free, about 1 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle.
*Add the egg and vanilla and beat on low speed for 15 seconds, or until the egg is fully incorporated. Do not overbeat. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
*On low speed, add the sifted flour mixture. Beat slowly until all of the flour is incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the peanut butter chips and toffee bits and stir in.
*Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets, 2-inches apart. Flatten slightly with your hand. Bake, rotating the sheets from top to bottom and from front to back halfway through the baking, for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and slide the parchment off the baking sheets onto a work surface. Cool the baking sheets between batches. Allow the cookies to cool for at least five minutes before serving.
Happy Baking!