Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond Chocolate Chip CookiesSo many times, I've almost bought a cute little cookie jar to keep on the counter - Target had one a few years ago that I seriously contemplated - but I don't make cookies often enough to really warrant keeping a container around just to store them.  A cookie jar is a bit of a one-trick pony, like a garlic press, which I also don't own, because why would I want another gadget to take up valuable space in the kitchen drawers when a knife chops garlic just fine?

I daydream about cookies.  As much as I love to bake and decorate (and taste) cakes, it's a cookie that I want in the afternoons with a second cup of coffee, so it's really a good thing that we don't often have them in the house, or I'd probably eat cookies every day...

And these cookies are full of so many good things.  Bittersweet chocolate chips, sweetened coconut, and chopped almonds, which add such a wonderful crunch to the soft cookie.  Rolled in sugar before baking, they practically sparkle.

After baking these, we ate a few and I stored the rest in the freezer - out of sight, out of mind - but let's be honest, when has a cold cookie stopped anyone?


Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies


After spending three and a half hours this morning trying to get both my baby and myself fed, cleaned, dressed and ready to run a few errands, I found myself questioning whether I really needed what I was going out to get.  And yet, I know I need to make the effort now and then.  I leave the house so rarely these days because it's just so much work to get out.  When we got home, the day already more than half gone, I so wanted one of these cookies with a cup of hot tea. A cup of tea that I can actually sit down and drink while it's still hot, you know?  I find cups of cold tea, abandoned all over the house, that I'm constantly re-warming, more than once, because, #motherhood.

These almond chocolate chip cookies are a variation of my favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies, which are pretty much what I always want when I want a cookie.  They're chewy and soft and crisp all at once, and are the answer to all my cookie cravings.




Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies




Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies
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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for coating the cookies
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk or cream, if needed
  • 3/4 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
  • 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars for several minutes until light and fluffy.  Scrape the bowl down and beat in the extracts and the egg.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.  With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients, just until combined, then add the milk, if needed, to bring the dough together.  Stir in the coconut, almonds and chocolate chips.  The dough should be very thick.

Roll the dough into balls, coat with granulated sugar, place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper and flatten the balls slightly with your hand.  Freeze the cookies for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350.  Bake the frozen cookies for 10 minutes, let cool for 1 minute on the pans, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yields 2 dozen cookies

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen

4 comments :

  1. They look delicious!!
    It is very different having a bébé:)
    One of my girls had 3 boys all close together..:)
    They are 11 .9 and 7..she did it and now ..it's driving here and there and homework..and lots of food:)

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  2. I love coconut, but a family member is allergic. Can I leave it out or what can I substitute for it?

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    1. You can leave it out without it affecting the recipe, although if your dough seems too wet without it, just add a little bit more flour.

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  3. THIS COOKIES ARE AWESOME! Made my own almond meal and used less sugar..what a treat!

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