Look, I know we have a lot of chocolate chip cookie recipes on here. We're a foodie bunch. But I swearantee that this is the absolute single best chocolate chip recipe you will ever find.
Why? Because it delivers at least FOUR TIMES THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS.
I’ve been getting into grains-are-bad-for-you lately. It seems like I
have to try every new foodie idea at least once! Some of them stick,
like eating mostly organic and free-range. Others don’t, like being
vegetarian. (My diet at that point consisted almost entirely of
potatoes, cheese, and these sandwiches I’d make with sliced mushrooms
and shredded cheese and you microwave them and the grease from the
cheese cooks the mushrooms… SO GOOD. My cholesterol was through the
Anyway. My amazing acupressurist/chiropractor, Dr. Joan Margaret,
also knows a lot about nutrition. She was telling me some stuff I
haven’t researched yet, about how grains in general evolved to attack
our bodies so we wouldn’t eat them. We already know wheat is bad for us;
the gluten gums up your digestion, and there’s some horrifying stuff I
don’t want to read about how the proteins in the genetically modified
wheat we have in the US crosses the blood-barrier and… Oh right, you
came here for cookies!!
So anyway, the point is that I realized there are flours that aren’t
grains, like almond flour and coconut flour, and these cookies use ‘em.
It turns out that almond flour, or almond meal – just
plain ground almonds – is pretty awesome for cookies. It tastes great,
it adds a little nutty flavor without the annoying crunch (yeah I know
some of you people like that) and it holds together well.
I adapted the Wannabe Chef’s recipe, which is itself adapted from somewhere else. That’s how these things go! This recipe ended up being quite different, though. I originally created these for a food blog event that my amazing food writing sister Stephanie created.
Ground Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Makes about 12 cookies) (I found that it
made me more than that. I never hit the right number with these things.
Who knows what size cookie they meant?)
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) almond flour/meal (I had 16 ounces of toasted sliced blanched almonds – for extra
flavor! – and I used more than half to get my cup and a half of
“flour”. Anymore, I just go to Trader Joe's and pay three or four bucks for a bag of almond meal. A 16-ounce bag holds about 5 1/3 cups. Easy.)
1/4 cup butter, room temperature (um… room temp is pretty warm right
now… and I’m not sure I had a full quarter-cup. Or I might have had
more. I've made these since, though, and it's fine.)
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg (from our very own backyard chickens!)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda (Boy was this a pain. Why does Trader Joe’s carry almond meal, but not baking soda except during the holidays?)
1/4 cup chocolate chips A whole bag of chocolate chips. Oh – maybe that’s why I ended up with more cookies than expected!
Heat your oven to 375. (I have recently read about people’s objection
to “preheat”. There’s no pre, you’re just heating it, why the pre? I
like this argument.)
Grind up your almonds if you didn’t get meal. I used a coffee mill. You can also use a food processor.I
sort of hoped that it would make them taste a little coffee-y, but I
don’t think the proportions were enough for that.
I was fascinated by this. Because, I guess, of the natural fat in the
almonds, the meal held together like dough already when it was ground.
Now, this is about where you start to see why my sister and I would
make great roommates. She doesn’t like cooking but she loves to bake. I
am THE WORST BAKER, and this is why:
Cream together the butter and sugar. Well, for me that means finding
out there’s no butter in the fridge, and scraping all the butter that’s
left in two wrappers by the stove. Which I think is only half of what I
need, so I start to think about adding olive oil, which I know is a
pretty bad idea, but then I think that four sticks is two cups so two
sticks should be one cup so about half a stick should be about a quarter
of a cup so MAYBE that was enough? Or possibly too much. It was really
hard to tell.
I do studiously avoid licking my fingers, scraping the butter off on the edge of the bowl instead so I don’t waste any.
Measuring a quarter-cup of sugar I can do. Then I have to use an
immersion blender to blend it because the motor on our
probably-thirty-year-old hand mixer burned out. But it’s not really the
right tool. I think I get it blended enough. It gets a little liquidy
after I add the egg. Not in a nice way.
Then I pour in the vanilla and the salt and the immersion blender
stops working. For pete’s sake. I didn’t do anything to it, I swear! I
burn out EVERY MOTOR in the kitchen.
Never mind, these I can stir in with a fork. I measure the baking
soda and add that in too. (Didn’t bother to measure the vanilla or salt.
Come to think of it, that might not have been enough salt.)
(And it was probably too much vanilla. I added a capful.)
And the almond meal. Now, if you’re Stephanie, you measure the
fucking almond meal out with a goddamn measuring cup, I’m pretty sure. I
did that too. But I didn’t have the half-cup one to hand, so of course
rather than turn around and get it out of the drawer, I just measure
three very heaping scoops of the 1/3 cup measure, and then add some more
because it doesn’t seem like it’s the texture of cookie batter yet.
Chocolate chips! I can do that. But not a quarter cup. That’s just
ridiculous. Maybe half a cup. Maybe a full cup? I’ll see how it goes.
I accidentally pour the entire bag in right away.
Well, maybe that’ll be okay. Yeah, that looks like about enough. It’s
not so many that you can’t bake it, but… it’s not many fewer than that
either. How anybody can handle only a quarter-cup of chocolate chips
across a dozen cookies, I’ll never know. What is that, three chocolate
chips per cookie?
Then it’s to the baking sheet. Screw parchment paper. My sheets are
well-seasoned. I did at least wipe it dry first (just washed ‘em) so I
wouldn’t be boiling or steaming the cookies instead.
Well, pretty dry.
I hate putting cookies on a cookie sheet. I never know how much
they’re going to spread. But I don’t want to waste sheet. They’re not
that big in the first place (the sheets I mean). I know this is a
ridiculous objection. I forked nine cookies gingerly onto the first
sheet and got about six more onto the next one
Then bake at 375, in a convection oven just because until I remember
to check them, which happily is just as the outsides have become a
golden brown around the edges.
They look gorgeous, but they won’t come up when I try the spatula
underneath them. I mean they will, but not in one piece. I leave them to
cool. But the original recipe said they ate one right out of the oven
and it was great! Hmmm… maybe I can’t use that argument at this point.
To my extreme amazement, once the cookies have cooled they act just
like cookies! This is awesome. I stick the second pan in (was holding it
back in case I needed to add more almond flour or something) and rush
back here to finish.
So I am happy, nay, ecstatic to tell you that THESE COOKIES TASTE TOTALLY AWESOME.
The secret is the extreme number of chocolate chips. The second secret is the almond meal. The cookies taste a
tiny bit peanut-buttery (or almond-buttery probably), they are a little
crispy and a little chewy at the same time, and also they are an
excellent chocolate chip delivery system. The chocolate is the whole
point, anyway. The way that the chips become sort of melty and creamy
when they’ve been baked. It’s awesome. Just awesome.
In fact, I’d even say these cookies are NUTS.