Chocolate Almond Cookies

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Yesterday we were out most of the day. Everywhere I turned there was chocolate, hearts and sweet red/pink gifts. To my surprise there were even Easter decorations. I’m OK with both Valentine’s and St. Patrick decorations in the same time, but Easter, well, I think it’s a little too early. Now that I take a moment I actually remember Halloween and Christmas decorations in the same time. I guess it’s just me that doesn’t get it.

Anyhow, there’s plenty of time to talk about St Patrick (I’m not close to being Irish but love the green) and Easter.

Let’s talk chocolate!

Remember my friend Tabitha I made the chocolate chip cookies for? Guess what? We meet again! I also found out other moms in my circle are going gluten free. That’s good news, right?

More gluten free cookies coming out of my oven!

Now I have to find someone who loves cake. A lot of cake.

Chocolate Almond Cookies | roxanashomebaking.com

They idea of these cookies came from a walnut cookie recipe I had, but made a couple of substitutions to have them gluten free.

The original recipe was :

10 tbsp soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 cup ground walnuts
vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flourI knew I had to get rid of the wheat flour and egg yolk.

That was a starting point. I kept my fingers crossed and start measuring the ingredients and chopping the butter which I forgot to take out of the fridge and was no where close to being soft.

Chocolate Almond Cookies | roxanashomebaking.com

After deciding on the almond flour I thought it’s better to use finely chopped almonds instead of ground walnuts. Making it an almond cookie and not an almond walnut cookie :P

Having chocolate on my mind I added some cocoa powder to the cookie dough.

The egg yolk was substituted with one egg white.

The cookies turned out better than the original recipe and they were so soft, rich and chocolatey. I was so happy with the way they turned out.

After baking and letting them cool completely you can either leave them plain, cover completely in chocolate (like I did) or just drizzle some chocolate on top. Totally your decision.

Chocolate Almond Cookies | roxanashomebaking.com

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Chocolate Almond Cookies

Prep Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 2 dozen

Chocolate Almond Cookies

Ingredients

  • 10 tbsp small diced butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • few drops vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup (40 gr) cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup (150 gr) almond flour
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg white and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl mix the almond flour, chopped almonds, cocoa powder and salt.
  3. Add them to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Shape the dough into a ball, cover in plastic wrap and let it cool in the fridge for a couple of hours (I kept mine 4 hours) or overnight.
  5. When the dough is chilled heat the oven to 325F.
  6. Take small pieces of dough, shape them into small balls and place them on cookie sheets.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for about 15-17 minutes.
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Comments

  1. says

    Great flavor pairing as well as stunning! I think if I had a choice I would opt for cookies over chocolate candy at Valentine’s. Also, this is another example that gluten free does not mean that you have to be deprived when it comes to delicious baked goods. Yum!

  2. Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) says

    Roxana, these cookies are so pretty but never mind that; I can see from the ingredients that they would also taste great. Your substitutions didn’t sacrifice any flavor at all. Love this one. :)

  3. says

    Both versions of the recipe look great! A question – I’m new with using almond flour and I haven’t been chilling my almond flour doughs…should I do this with every almond flour recipe? What is the benefit to refrigeration?

    • Roxana GreenGirl says

      Hi Julia,
      I don’t have much of experience with almond flour, but I did bake a couple of things. The dough is chilled because it’s a cookie dough. Most of the cookie recipes require chilling, making it easier to handle and shape the cookie dough.
      If you baking brownies/cupcakes or other pastries with almond flour they don’t need to be chilled.
      Hope I answered your question :)

  4. elisabeth@foodandthrift says

    Roxana, Your chocolate almond cookies are oh, so pretty, decorative, so perfect for Valentine’s or any time of the year.
    I just joined Pinterest and will want to pin this! Will try to find my way around there, as well.
    Love the recipe, thanks for sharing!
    BTW. I’m getting used to your new changes…quite a long ways from your bright “green” colors as “green girl”…so modern, and innovative:DDD
    Hugs,

  5. says

    Roxana, you decorated those cookies so beautifully! You should sell your creations online one day. They look so picture perfect. I’m SO excited you joined yoga!!

  6. Marsha @ The Harried Cook says

    Oh my! These cookies look so adorable… so perfect for Valentine’s Day… and I bet super-yummy too! Thanks for sharing, Roxana!

  7. Kiri W. says

    Mmm, I adore almond cookies, and these sound like they’d melt in your mouth. And then you throw in chocolate? What a winner!

  8. says

    whoohoo for gluten free baking, roxana! once you get started, you get hooked on it! i love using almond flour because of the flavor. i usually like to add in a bit of sweet rice flour to bind it together (rather than using xanthan gum). sending some #chocolatelove to you!

  9. says

    Dear Roxana, I made these cookies. They were perfect. Thank you for sharing…
    I use homemade chestnut flour instead of almond four, I only add a few spoons of flour.
    See you…

  10. says

    I’m trying to close my jaw here these look so good! Love the layers of flavor, and so beautifully decorated. Thanks for sharing, looks fabulous as always! Have a beautiful weekend =]

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