almond flour and white chocolate chunk cookies

I ran out of flour last week.  I mentioned this to my roommate.  She said, “How do you run out of flour?!”  I responded, “Emily, I BAKE A LOT.”  And then we laughed, because this is true.  I try to bake at least once a week, if only for the benefit of my friends and to have something to post for the Weekend Cooking meme.  Yes, that second part is a real reason.  The opportunity to share recipes is an inspiration!  Anyway, back to the dearth of flour.  To be clear, I ran out of wheat flour.  I still had some almond meal/flour, and I used that to make these delicious cookies.  Good call.


Almond Flour and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies (modified from this The Wannabe Chef recipe)

INGREDIENTS

1 3/4 cups almond flour or almond meal
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup white chocolate chunks (one 4 oz. Ghiradelli bar)


DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

In medium bowl, combine all ingredients except for the white chocolate chunks, and mix until combined.  Fold in the white chocolate.


Drop dough in tablespoon-sized portions onto prepared baking sheets, keeping two inches between each cookie.  Place in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.  Cookies are done when very lightly brown on bottom and at edges.  Remove from oven and let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.  Makes 12-18 cookies.

This recipe may be my new favorite gluten-free dessert.  The cookies were light and slightly chewy, and though the dough itself wasn’t sweet, the white chocolate was just the right touch.  I brought all of the cookies to a party, and they were gone within 5 minutes.  No exaggeration.  Definite success!


Recommended for: when you need a gluten-free dessert with delicious flavor and texture, a unique take on the chocolate chip cookie, and a crowd-pleaser with unexpected ingredients.

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19 comments:

Beth F said...

I'll take these almond flour cookies any ole time! And so glad to inspire your flour problem. LOL.

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

Wow, these cookies look amazing.

Peggy Ann said...

I'm dying to try one! They look lovely. I have never bought almond flour will look for it.

Liviania said...

Those look awesome! And it's nice to have another almond flour recipe!

jama said...

I love almonds and almond extract, but never used almond flour. I'm always interested in gluten free desserts -- this looks great! Thanks.

JoAnn said...

Like jama, I love almonds and almond extract, but almond flour is new to me, too. I'm adding it to my grocery list though - those cookies look delicious!

Esme said...

I hate running out of ingredients-I always try to get them before I finish but it happens. Where these light with the almond meal?

Joy Weese Moll said...

What an excellent cookie to make when you run out of flour! I love the flavor combination of almond and white chocolate.

Cecelia said...

Peggy Ann, jama, JoAnn and Esme: almond flour is as easy to make as putting raw almonds in a food processor (I've even made it in the coffee grinder before!), though Trader Joe's has a great bag of almond meal for cheap. And the cookies are surprisingly light, yes! I attribute it to the almonds.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sounds incredible.

Patty said...

Even though I'm not allergic, I like to use non-wheat flour just because I know that at least one of those eating will have digestion issues - thus I'm always on the lookout for such recipes. Thanks!

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook said...

They look so good. I love the combination of the almond flavor and the white chocolate! Great thinking.

Gnoe (@Graasland) said...

Wow, those cookies sound great and LOOK a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I have a recipe for semolina cookies that's awesome as well - should share it sometime. :)

rhapsodyinbooks said...

This is so interesting to me, because I tried to substitute almond flour once - in scones I think - and it was a dismal failure, and I was so sad! I must try these cookies so I can feel validated again! :--)

Beth said...

Those look DELICIOUS--yes, please!

Chinoiseries said...

Sigh. You enabler ;-) Weekend Cooking is an excellent motivator to bake though! I would readily swap a batch of my Dutch speculaas cookies for your almond-white chocolate ones!

Meg @ write meg! said...

Yum... any cookie is all right by me!

P.S. Glad to hear you had fun at the book fest! I actually only saw John Green... it was soooo crowded when we got there (but still a half hour early!) that my claustrophobia started kicking in, so we spent some time walking around the festival but then just explored the city. Glad the Teen tent was awesome! :)

Ryan said...

My mouth is watering.

Katie Cross said...

You have recipes here on your book blog? Oh. Em. Gee. Best blog ever. And I can't have wheat- this is even better!

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