cookie monster chronicles: part 2

Monday, August 31, 2015
I promised I'd update you on the status of #cookiebattle2015, so here I am. 

My second attempt at grain free cookies was a success, I suppose. No, they didn't satisfy my major craving for homemade chocolate chip cookies, but if I closed my eyes and tried really hard, it was almost like I was eating an almond joy. 


I guess that could be referred to as a win-lose? They taste just "healthy" enough that I'm not tempted to eat the whole batch at once. Another win-lose, I think?


I found these grain free, coconut flour cookies via Pinterest. I made a few edits in my version below...the name, being one. The dough was very crumbly and hard to form cookies out of, but it seems to hold together OK once baked. They look a lot denser and drier than they actually are. 


These were good, don't get me wrong, but I think I'm going to make the real deal next and finally satisfy my cookie craving. 




Paleo Almond Joy Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut flour (SAMs has really great prices if you use coconut flour a lot!)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil ( ^^^ )
  • 3 tbs of raw honey
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut (I used sweetened because I had it on hand. Oops. This may have contributed to the almond joy taste.)
  • 1/2 cups of dark chocolate chips (the original recipe called for more, but I think they turned out too chocolatey. Go ahead and add 3/4 cup if you are a chocoholic. I used the chips with the least amount of added sugar I could find. I think mini-chips would work best as the large ones made the balls of dough hard to form. You could also chop them into smaller pieces.)

Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Melt the honey and coconut oil together in the microwave for 15-30 seconds.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the coconut oil, honey, eggs, vanilla and salt.
  4. Stir in the coconut flour, coconut and chocolate chips.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat and roll balls of cookie dough. Place on the baking sheet and gently press down. They will not expand while baking, so make them the shape you want to eat!
  6. Bake for 12-15 or until golden brown.

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