Chocolate Almond Cookies

These chewy cookies took a bit to perfect but now that I have, oh…my…lord are they good. They have a few steps but once you taste them, man…

 

Makes 32 cookies

Ingredient List: 

6 tablespoons vegan butter substitute

2 tablespoons creamy almond butter

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

¼ cup melted dark chocolate, cooled slightly (see Cook’s Tip below) (I use Lily's Sweets Premium Baking Chips)

6 tablespoons coconut sugar

¼ cup Suzanne's Specialties brown rice syrup

Pinch sea salt

Generous pinch ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons dark, unsweetened cocoa powder

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

2 cups whole wheat pastry or sprouted whole wheat flour

1 cup non-dairy, dark chocolate chips

1 cup (or more) thinly sliced almonds

Step By Step Instructions: 

Preheat the oven to 350oF and line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

 

Melt the chocolate by placing it in a glass bowl over simmering water and stir until smooth. Cool just a bit before using in the recipe, about 3 minutes.

 

Place vegan butter, almond butter, vanilla, melted chocolate, coconut sugar, brown rice syrup, salt and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl and puree with a hand mixer, stand mixer or whisk until smooth and creamy.

 

Mix in cocoa powder, baking powder and soda and flour and mix until a soft dough forms. Fold in chocolate chips until well-incorporated. Drop batter by tablespoons onto the baking sheets, forming round balls. Press several sliced almonds into the tops of the cookies, flattening them slightly.

 

Bake for 8-9 minutes, rotating the trays at 4 minutes to ensure even baking. Remove cookies from the oven; they will seem under-done. Leave the cookies on the trays for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooking rack to cool completely. These steps result in a richly textured, brownie-like cookie.