Sunday, April 20, 2014

Almond Joy Cookies!!

I decided to get on the almond flour bandwagon and did a search for these.  I started with a recipe on and changed it to suit what I wanted, what I had, what sounded like a good flavor balance.  I must say, these are a treat!  The recipe makes only 12-14 cookies so you can easily get them all on one sheet.  It's also handy to pop them in after you've had the oven on for something else since they require some chilling-in-the-frig time.  (Their recipe states to chill for at least one hour; I mixed them in the morning, baked them in the evening, and think at least four hours in the frig is a better minimum chill time.)

Almond Joy Cookies - I used my stainless steel jelly roll pan; all fit nicely.

1 1/2 cups almond flour (NOT almond meal)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp kosher salt            Mix first six ingredients together fairly well; then fold in all
2 T melted coconut oil          the "bits" til thoroughly combined.  Wrap in plastic wrap
1 egg                                         and place in frig to chill (4 hours is good but 8 won't
1/4 cup pure maple syrup          hurt!)
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips                                     Set oven to 350F.  Divide dough
1/4 cup dried unsweetened coconut, small shred     evenly, 12-14 balls (depends on
1/4 cup raw almonds, small chop                             how much dough you snitch.)
                                                                                Evenly space cookies on sheet (I didn't grease the sheet as I was pretty sure the fat content of the dough would allow them to release without difficulty but you can grease/spray if you want.)  Press dough balls into cookie shapes.  If you forget to do this, you WILL have baked balls instead of cookies.....  Bake 10-14 minutes, depending on how small you made them.  I had 13 on the sheet making them a generous T each and it took 14 minutes to bake.  There would have been 14 but I tasted too much dough...  I cooled them completely ON the sheet before removing.

OK, you MUST taste them when slightly warm and again when you'll know leaving them alone for a night makes them really chewy and so much better the next day!  But you're going to taste one so...just do it!  But don't say I didn't tell you that they improve drastically with a little time in an airtight container!!  Because I just did!!

I was going to try freezing a few to let you know how they hold up....but that's just not going to happen!  You're on your own!!