Almond Butter Cookies

October 8, 2012

Well, it happened. Autumn came and with it some beautiful sunny, warm days full of orange, yellow, and bright red leaves. And then all of a sudden it was too cold for my thin trench and a scarf was appreciated. The radiators came on at home and I started wearing thick socks around the house (not long til this).

And just like that, I was ready to get back in the kitchen, ready to feel the heat from the oven and to pad around in those thick socks waiting for something sweet to have with a cup of tea.

The texture of these cookies is light as a feather – almost papery – but the flavour is all cookie. Deep almond, richly dark sugar, a hint of vanilla, and chunks of intense cocoa-y chocolate.

Certainly you shouldn’t really think of them as cookies, at least not if you’re used to the floury kind. They’re incredibly delicate – beware of heavy, grabby hands – and yes, crumbly, but their rich, deep taste pays off in spades. They’re quite addictive, in fact.

Almond Butter Cookies
adapted from Nicole Spiridakis and inspired by London Bakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup organic dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 small egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Small pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup whole almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/150C.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat (or grease) and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, stir the almond butter, dark brown sugar, and white sugar together until well combined.
  4. Add egg, baking soda, maple syrup, vanilla and salt and mix well. Stir in the chopped almonds and chocolate chips/chunks.
  5. Using a teaspoon, scoop out small, walnut-sized amounts of dough and roll them in your hands to form a ball. Place on the cookie sheet about an inch apart. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about a dozen cookies.
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cindy October 8, 2012 at 9:45 am

I loooove almond butter. These look/sound amazing!
I feel like the cold weather came so suddenly, I need more socks and new slippers!

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Christy@SweetandSavoring October 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

I love the sound- and look!- of these. My sister just made LInzer tarts, which means she had to blanch the almonds and grind them up herself (or pay more $$ for storebought almond flour)- I bet these cookies would have similar flavor…but chocolate means yours are better :)

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Johanna October 8, 2012 at 11:13 am

Hello!
A friend just sent me a link to your blog. I have been so happy reading it last night and this morning. I married an American (16 years ago), have had two kids here, and pretty much think we’ll be here for the long haul. It’s so fun to read about your experiences and to hear through your voice that you *know* what it’s like to live a life divided by the Atlantic. Thank you.

I’m about to make the pumpkin, molasses, ginger cookies with my daughter. It’s funny how pumpkin gets added to everything here!

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Deb October 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

We are a cookie loving family which is to say you have my undivided attention. What a festive fall cookie! The pairing of almond, maple and chocolate is beguiling!

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Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing It October 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I know what you mean about socks…I have a hard time adjusting to them. And pants. Ugh. Those cookies look delicious! And especially so with a hot cup of tea. :)

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Kara @ karascuisine.com October 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I want these in my life. Soon. Very, very soon:) And I have all the ingredients!
xoxo
k

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elizabeth October 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I’m, for some reason, avoiding pants on weekends this fall. And I can’t bear to wear actual shoes quite yet, but it’s becoming clear that it’s time. At least cookies like these would make the transition easier, and who knows? Maybe I’ll feel ambitious enough to make cookies unlike anything my mother or MIL makes, and therefore will feel like some sort of rockstar.

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Elisabeth October 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm

these cookies look delicious!
love,
elisabeth

lavitaebella-elisabeth.blogspot.com

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